“I quit reading it. Just could not plow through”mench wrote this review Wednesday, November 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although this book got good reviews, I didn't really see the point of it. Described as a coming of age novel, it didn't really deliver. There is some sort of event that knocks the earth off course and the days start to stretch past 24hrs. Julia, who is pretty friendless, meets a boy and they spend their time together, and it's nice, but that's really about it. Everyday she talks about what's going on in the world, but it didn't do it for me.”Roxana C wrote this review Sunday, November 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this imaginative novel in which the now-grown narrator reflects on an adolescence profoundly marked by the eerie and progressive slowing in the earth's rotation.”Darra W wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Honestly, I didn't like it that much. The writing wasn't bad, but I didn't like the plot. Though poetic, the ending was inconclusive and left too many storylines unfinished. ”Madeline. wrote this review Friday, November 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reader beware: This is a well-written and imaginative story that is not the light-hearted read I expected from the title.”Nancy B wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a realistic science fiction story, mixed with a coming of age. Very readable and intriguing. ”Shannonpayne07 wrote this review Tuesday, October 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An easy read. Not really my style but not terrible. I found her writing a little boring at times. ”Chantelle G wrote this review Tuesday, October 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This coming of age tale about an 11-year old girl in a southern California town during a time of apocalypse failed to stir my interest or heart. Young Julia is a typical girl trying to excel in school, deal with bullies, negotiate the emotional upheavals of her first crush, and come to terms with cracks in her parent’s marriage. The rotation of the Earth mysteriously and progressively slows, affecting the climate drastically, casting dark shadows over Julia’s childhood trajectory. As agriculture fails and the protective ozone layer disappears, Julia’s family rises to the occasion and somehow keeps hope alive. A modestly interesting twist is the division in society between people who follow the clock and those who follow the cycles of light and dark.
Maybe I am just too jaded, but I got no satisfaction out of this fairy tale. I would predict that much more civil disorder would prevail and invade their lives. I got somewhat more pleasure out of a similar tale of slow apocalypse in Susan Beth Pfeffer’s trilogy starting with “Life As We Knew It” (I stopped after the second one). Though also a young adult title, it did cover the inevitable violence from people competing for resources. The premise in that tale of the moon being knocked off its orbit as a cause of disastrous climate change was more plausible than that in Thompson’s story, which would call for some incredibly huge external force to slow the Earth’s spin.
“I'm listening to this book. Too early to rate it.
ok, but I was ready to stop listening several times. I jumped ahead to the last CD to see how it ended. I like books that have me hooked and this one didn't.”