Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker [Review]

The Age of Miracles5 out of 5 Robots!

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release: June 26, 2012
Hardcover: 269 Pages
Publisher: Random House
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
The Age of Miracles is a gorgeously written, coming of age tale during a cataclysmic earth event. This book has been labeled young adult and dystopian, but I'm not sure I agree with those designations. I think anyone could relate to Julia’s coming of age story regardless of her age. Secondly to me, it isn’t really dystopian if its taking place in our regular present day US.  But mostly because I feel the book is much more than the sum of its parts.  The Slowing has an incredible impact on Julia’s family and the world, but it is background to the main story of how Julia and her family navigate the new changed landscape.  The writing is melancholy, beautiful and sparse.  My heart ached for Julia as she sought to find her place in the new world.   This book really resonated with me and I found myself thinking about it for a long time afterwards.


  1. Sounds good - perhaps this is pre-dystopian. Whatever the final label, the novel sounds interesting and compelling. I need to find an excerpt for a taste now. :)

  2. The one thing I really liked about this book is that even though it is labeled as Young Adult it's a great book for adults as well. This book was beautiful and it stayed with me as well.

  3. Sounds like an interesting read. I thought this was an adult novel. I'll have to give it a try.

  4. Yes, I agree! I think in a lot of ways adults would get more out of this book than teenagers.



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