The Age of Miracles by Keren Thompson Walker, Finished reading in February.
“On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.”
Age of Miracles is of Sci-Fi – apocalyptic genre, one of my favorite. Normally I would have finished it sooner. But this one kept reminding me of Anne Frank and her Diary. Author picked a good thread for the story – slowing down of earth – an unexpected catastrophe and how it impacts the little world of Julia who is about to turn twelve.
The book slowly traverses through the erosion of Earth and all of its flora and fauna. It brings out the melancholy almost perfectly. But somewhere down the line, it almost turns into a mere documentary titled ‘What happens when earth slows down’. Juali’s emotional, personal journey makes less progress at the end.
Spoilers – may be…careful..
If I ever meet the author in person, I want to ask her how the hell did earth slow down? No explanation is given in the book! I was breaking my head for the next one week wondering what ‘extra’ forces could have caused the slowdown. Well I prefer an explanation in the book itself which is missing. I find it very annoying. Also What happens outside the world of California\USA during the slowdown still remains as a mystery. During the times when information flies faster than thoughts, I am not sure why Julia missed the global impact of the slowdown.
I would go with a 2.5 only for this. It left me with an unsatisfied feeling! ‘Why’s were floating in my head even after finished of the last page of the book.