As if being eleven isn’t tough enough, imagine waking up one morning only to find that the rotation of earth has suddenly slowed and everything you’ve ever known suddenly changes. In The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker, through the voice and eyes of young Julia, tells us a wonderful tale of how different the world would be if the seemingly impossible suddenly happened.
As a normal girl living in a normal California suburb, Julia and those around her realize that they must adapt to the ‘new’ normal – some find this easier to do than others. As the story is told by Julia, we really get to see a childlike view of the events and not so much of the scientific mumbo jumbo that weighs down some books I’ve read in this same genre. I appreciated the fact that Karen made the book about HOW a young girl copes as everything changes rather than about WHY everything changes. I loved the characters in this book and found them to be an interesting mix and really enhanced the story with old friendships ending and new ones forming, including young love. I want to share so much more but I don’t want to spoil anything!! Ahhh!!
The book is absolutely wonderful, touching, heartbreaking and yes, sometimes even happy. The prose is beautiful and sometimes I re-read parts just so I could relive them. All in all, it’s the story of strength and overcoming anything that’s thrown at you, even in a world that is ever changing.
Giveaway time! I have one copy of The Age of Miracles up for grabs. It’s open to Canada and the US. Comment on this post with your email address for an entry. And forms of sharing this giveaway will give you extra entries (Make sure you let me know how you shared). Contest ends on August 22, 2012. Good luck!