Welcome book lovers to the second installment of #FictionFriday!!!!
Coming-of-age novels have never really been my thing but I always manage to read at least one each year. I’m always surprised by how much they stick with me. But this one in particular really stuck with me. Perhaps it’s because there’s a bit of sci-fi mixed in.
The Age of Miracles follows young Julia and her family as they face catastrophe, survival, and growth. One Saturday morning, Julia wakes to find that the world has suddenly stopped its rotation. Days and nights become longer, gravity is affected, everything is in disarray. In true coming-of-age style, Julia deals with distance between her parents and herself, first loves, betrayal, friends acting strangely. All of this on top of the changes happening in the world.
Karen Thompson Walker creates a beautiful story of a young girl facing the truth of life goes on even when the world has literally stopped.
I highly encourage you to add this to your reading list. I was blown away by Walker’s writing style with beautiful prose. This is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read it. I find myself wanting to pick it up again and again.
What would you do if the world stopped turning? If the sun no longer set at its usual time? If the crops started dying? If the boy you liked never looked your way?
The Age of Miracles is a unique coming-of-age story about a young girl named Julia and the life she leads when her world literally stops turning. Karen Thompson Walker pulls us into an apocalyptic world like no other. Usually, when I think of the world ending, I envision nuclear warfare, a large meteor striking Earth, a major natural disaster. But Walker’s version is much more subtle however no less traumatic.
Julia is a young girl on the verge of teenager-dom, dealing with the ebb and flow of friendships as she moves from elementary school to middle school. She is living in a world full of personal drama and family drama. Add the end of the world to that, how would you react?
Ms. Walker creates an illusionary world of long days and freezing cold nights. However, as out of the realm this may seem, Walker’s vision seems absolutely realistic. I found myself coming out of her story and wondering why there was nothing on the news about “The Slowing” as she calls it. The Age of Miracles asks what society would do if the apocalypse was not so quick and dramatic as has been portrayed before.
If you’re looking for a unique, out of this world novel, I highly recommend picking up The Age of Miracles.