“The Age of Miracles was an interesting, well thought out book about what happens when the Earth starts slowing in it's rotation. The story is told by Julia, an 11 yr old dealing with the usual social problems of middle school life. When everything happens, Julia is abandoned by her only friend and deals with being friendless until Seth Moreno becomes part of her life. The book was slow and steady, dealing with each disaster in great detail. I am glad I read this book and that it wasn't too long. I wonder what research the author did when explaining what happens to the natural order of the world when something like this happens.”Marian S wrote this review Friday, August 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When the earth's rotations slow, everything gets out of whack--and what happens is told through the eyes of Julia, aged twelve at the "Slowing".”Sarah E wrote this review Thursday, August 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In its heart, the book is a coming-of-age story of a lonely eleven-year-old girl. But in the author's capable hands, it surpasses that and turns into a gentle, lilting tale of the last years of our world. Reminded me of both Ray Bradbury and Karen Russel. Heartbreaking, engrossing, believable, and very human.”cindythecurious wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“September book club pick!”Ms.Claxon wrote this review Sunday, October 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't stop thinking about this book. Though I am definitely not a fan or "fantastic" or SciFi, I absolutely loved this work. The prose is absolutely gorgeous. I am looking forward to reading others from Karen Thompson Walker.”Tawny wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. I read it in one 24 period. Great example of soft sci-fi/speculative fiction. It's like a cross between Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Lars Van Trier's film Melancholia. In some ways, I also thought about Diary of Anne Frank. A young girl faces a possible apocalypse in MIRACLES. It's YA dystopia but more charming and whimsical than, say, The Hunger Games. Ultimately it is a book that celebrates life with one hand, as it erases life with the other.
The language of the book is poetic and intoxicating. The consequences of the slowing earth is imagined in such rich and provocative detail.
SPOILER ALERT. I did think the author cheated just a bit here and there. It's a brilliant cheat. There are times the hero Julia says things like: "That was the last time I EVER ate strawberries." Or I NEVER saw so and so again. That kind of language hints that she might die at the end, or that the world ends in the last chapter. In fact, the character and the world still go on by the novel's end, albeit precariously. I think the more honest phrasing would have been: "That was the last time I ate strawberries." Because as long as the earth spins and she is alive, she can't truly know that she will never eat strawberries again. Even if strawberries become extinct, technically she can not know that by some twist of fate she won't eat them again.
It's a small thing and I think the author was very clever to use this sleight of hand. It made me think that the girl or the world were going away.
It's a book I will think of for some time. As a writer myself of speculative, trippy fiction -- I am in the process of analyzing the many things this book did right!
By the way, I love speculative fiction like this. If you do too, you might check out my novel The Prospect of My Arrival. It's soft sci-fi so it may not appeal to hard sci-fi readers. http://amzn.to/ozbXC4 ”
“Slow to start, but fast to finish. If this story were told by any other perspective it might have been too sad, but because it was told by a girl with one foot in childhood innocence and the other in adolescence. It was a beautifully rendered apocalyptic book without really being apocalyptic.”Sarah W wrote this review Saturday, August 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow, what if? ”Ethel D wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was very compelling, very hard to put down. I fell in love with Julia, the main character. I was disappointed with the ending, though so I can't give it more than 4 stars.”eissme wrote this review Friday, August 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No