The Age Of Miracles By Karen Thompson Walker A Review

The Age Of Miracles A Novel By Karen Thompson Walker

Title: The Age Of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publisher: Random House

Published Date: June 26th, 2012



On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 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 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.

The Age Of Miracles Review

What would you do if everything was changing and there was nothing you could do to stop it? The Age Of Miracles forces you to wonder just that.  Would you leave town or keep on living as you always did until you are forced to deal with the world around you?

Julia is a great narrator, she is twelve but old beyond her years. As the world around her is literally falling apart she starts to see the cracks in those around her. She catches her father in lies and sees the horrible things that are done to those who are different. She takes stands in ways that someone so young could, but soon realizes there is nothing she can do to stop these injustices.

The issues with Julia’s parents shows how everything in her world is breaking down. Time no longer means anything and there is an inevitable catastrophe coming. How long can society continue to function when days stretch to weeks and nights last months? I do like that nothing major happens here (like the government ceasing to function for example). It makes it much more interesting to read the before. Before we really start to run out of food and fuel. Before the whole world goes to hell.  

The love story is really sweet. It starts out as a crush and starts to blossom as Julia and Seth spend time together. The comparison of such a normal relationship with the fact that gravity is changing, is compelling. They cling to each other when everything else is in a constant state of flux.

The ending is really heartbreaking. I got a little teary but thought it was a solid ending. There is hope and the world still turns. 

Karen Thompson Walker is a talented writer and creates a world that is literally falling apart but still continues on. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read other books written by Karen Thompson Walker.


Summary and image taken from goodreads.