06 February 2012

The Age of Miracles; Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of MiraclesThe Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One can only guess that this is being marketed as an adult book because the publisher hopes it will become a cross-over hit - I hope that's the case. That this is about a girl in middle school may turn adults off, however.

We're in the proximate future when - no one explains why - the earth's rotation starts to slow. First a few minutes, then hours; ultimately a day could be as long as 41 hours, with nights equally long. What this does to Julia's friends and family is a little predictable: the hoarding, the "end is coming" fears, the questioning of those who were always a little different but who now choose to live in 'real' not 'clock' time. The book also talks about what happens to nature when these changes take place, like birds being affected by the increased gravity and plants by the changes in light and dark.

Unlike the dystopian or post-apocalyptic books, this presents a real world that could exist. There are many discussion possibilities here, chiefly how can we adapt to this world? Can we? Should we?

ARC provided by publisher.

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