Named one of Amazon’s Best Books for the month of June 2012, The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker captivated me from the first page until the last. Narrated by a 10 year old girl, this coming of age story is heartbreaking, moving and mesmerizing.
Instead of all the post-apocalyptic novels that have become so popular in recent years, The Age of Miracles is a novel about people dealing with a possible end to the world. The rotation of the earth starts slowing down which leads to longer days and longer nights and the environment is thrown into disarray. We witness this world as seen through the eyes of 10 year old Julia and how her and her family and town react.
No matter how the world changes, Julia is still dealing with all the insecurities and thoughts of any tween girl. Boys, her social standing and her parents problems are still foremost in her mind, even as she waits for the school bus in the dark and tries to sleep when the sun is still shining.
Although the narrator, Julia, is a middle school student, I would not recommend this book to tweens or young teens mostly because it might be too upsetting for them to read about a world coming to an end. However, I do highly recommend it for older teens and all adults.
The Age of Miracles is so beautifully written you would never believe that this is the first novel by Karen Thompson Walker. It is a novel that has stayed with me and one I will never forget.
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Full Disclosure: I received a hard-covered copy of The Age of Miracles to review.