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Melinda Ott, October 17, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
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This is not a book I would have picked out for myself--if it weren't for my book club, The Age of Miracles would have stayed off my radar. But that is one of the upsides of a book club--they introduce readers to books they would normally never read.

The Age of Miracles is a very unsettling book. The plot is certainly imaginative, although my engineer husband insists that what I described from this book is not an accurate representation of what would happen if the Earth's rotation suddenly slowed. Whatever--if you are a Science person, keep that in mind. If you aren't a Science person, don't worry about it.

That being said, there is quite a bit that is incredibly realistic in this book. Julia is as true a representation of a tween that I've seen in a long time. She battles with her own self-esteem, her friendships and even her first love. She watches as her parents' relationship morphs and how her society is slowly torn apart by the "slowing." The Earth's rotation slowing may seem to be a far-fetched idea, but the reaction of society to something unknown and threatening is very, very common.

I could not put this book down. I won't say it was a "fun" book to read, but it was definitely enthralling. While I would highly recommend this book, I would caution prospective readers that they are in for something that just might shake them to the core.
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Beverly B, May 14, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
As Julia, the protagonist of The Age Of Miracles says, "Sometimes the saddest stories take the fewest words." The Age of Miracles is a short, but unforgettable, novel that has a dystopian inciting event and conflict, but few dystopian elements. It is mostly a coming of age memoir. A grown up protagonist, Julia, is remembering her sixth grade year - the year that everything changed. The planet's rotation inexplicably slowed down, and as the planet slowly unraveled, so did Julia's life. Author Karen Thompson Walker's writing is sparse, beautiful and compelling. "We didn’t notice right away. We couldn’t feel it. We did not sense at first the extra time, bulging from the smooth edge of each day like a tumor blooming beneath skin." The pace of the novel is appropriately slow. Depression sneaks up on the characters, and their despair grows gradually. In spite of everything that is happening, Julia just wants a normal life -friends, fun and family. All three are disappearing slowly just like the birds and plants.
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