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. (Summary via Goodreads.com)
The Age of Miracles is one of those books that I didn’t expect to enjoy nearly as much as I did. When I was overseas, my husband and I took a train from Budapest to Vienna for a day trip. The journey takes about three hours each way–just long enough to spend some quality time with a book. The Age of Miracles is the book I chose for this journey, and I enjoyed it so much that I could hardly wait to get back on the train at the end of the day and finish it.
Even if you’re not normally into apocalyptic novels, I think you’ll enjoy this one. It’s a coming of age story as much as it is a story about the end of the world, and it’s crazy how quickly the longer days and nights become a matter of fact. It’s a fascinating concept, and Julia is a lot of fun to follow into this strange new world. There’s not much more I can say about The Age of Miracles, other than read it! It’s definitely worth your time.
Rating: Re-read Worthy