A great book for younger YA readers, The Age of Miracles focuses on those trying middle school years during a bleak turning point in Earth’s history.
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.
This book is geared more toward the younger YA set. It focuses mainly on the main character, Julia’s, life growing up during the slowing, her interaction with friends, boys and family. It paints a very bleak picture of how we humans have done so much but are so unprepared for the unexpected changes that could occur. What if the sun stopped coming up or it never went down? What if the power went off and never came back on? Or what if it never rained again? How would we survive?
There was a deep sadness in the tone of the book. As an adult reading this book, I felt like it could have been so much more. Such a great premise, I would have liked to see it expanded as a dystopian adventure of sorts.
There were some good quotes in this story. My favorite:-
“How much sweeter life would be if it all happened in reverse, if, after decades of disappointments, you finally arrived at an age when you had conceded nothing, when everything was possible.”