Let me begin this review by saying that I have been on a great reading kick lately. People who love to read know that it is just as easy to pick up a bad book to read as it is to pick up a good one. Lately though I have been on a winning streak, pretty much loving everything I’ve read.
Back to The Age of Miracles: A Novelby Karen Thompson Walker. There are plenty of issues with being a preteen girl. Looming puberty being a big one. But Julie has an even bigger issue, one she shares with every other human being on the planet, the earth’s rotation is slowing down. Days slowly become longer. Clocks become not necessary and then necessary again as days become too long.
This is a fascinating account of what if. What if the world as we know it, stopped acting like the world as we know it. The days lengthening effects everything…from food supplies, to animals , to the actual magnetic field of the earth.
Some highlights I marked while reading:
“After the slowing, every action required a little more force than it used to. The physics had changed. Take, for example, the slightly increased drag of a hand on a knife or a finger on a trigger. From then on, we all had a little more time to decide what not to do. And who knows how fast a second-guess can travel? Who has ever measured the exact speed of regret? But the new gravity was not enough to overcome the pull of certain other forces, more powerful, less known – no law of physics can account for desire.”
“This middle school, the age of miracles, the time when kids shot up three inches over the summer, when breasts bloomed from nothing, when voices dipped and dove.”
A coming of age novel, with a twist.