The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

Rating: 4 out of 10

Plot: Julia wakes up one morning to discover that the earth’s rotation has slowed.  As the days past, it takes longer for the earth to complete a rotation, going from 24 hours up to 60 hours.  Julia watches as not only plants and animals struggle to adapt, but also the people around her too.  When the government decides to standardize the day to 24 hours despite it taking much longer for the earth to complete a rotation, some people rebel and set up colonies where they sleep as long as it is dark and work as long as it is light, regardless of how long that may be.  Julia watches paranoia and fear sets in, all while dealing with the normal challenges of being a pre-teen.

Opinion: I thought this book had a good premise, but it didn’t live up to it.  First, instead of giving an explanation as to why the earth was slowing and why the animals and plants were affected in the ways they were, the author just repeatedly stated that scientists didn’t know why any of this was happening.  Second, there was a big deal made about the differences in the lives of those who decided to live on “clock time” versus those who lived on “real time”, but I never brought into why this was so important.  Third, this story is told in flashbacks, but I thought it lacked any real explanation as to how they ended up adjusting to the changes in their world; the story just kind of ended with about two pages’ worth of vague references to how things are in the present day.  I felt as if there was no real conclusion to this book, and I didn’t get the impression that this is part of a series, so I’m left with a lot of unanswered questions.  Overall, I think this book was okay, but it would’ve been better with more details, at least enough for me to buy into the whole premise.

Next book: The Waste Lands By Stephen King

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