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Really a great read. It was very impactful and convincing! I could not put it down once I began. Karen Thompson Walker's foray into writing is largely a success on many counts - it is original and compelling and distinctly written. It is, I hope, a pleasant harbinger of more to come from the debut novelist. I will definitely be tuning in as well as going forth and recommending this book for those seeking a slower-paced, more introspective take on the end of the world. Mar 09, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: When John Donne wrote "Busy old fool, unruly sun, Why dost thou thus?
But what if the earth began misbehaving so badly that it made the sun appear unruly indeed? What if the end of life as we know it came not with the Biblical Apocalypse or Armageddon, but instead with a slow unraveling of the diurnal cycle? And what if this happened when you were eleven-going-on-twelve, and just trying to navigate the 6th grade social scene? Answer these questions and you have the story of Julia, a Southern California girl of the not-too-distant future. Julia narrates the story as an adult, looking back on that first year of "the slowing.
I was still curious enough to keep reading, though. I wanted to see what sorts of climatological, physiological, and sociological changes might arise if the earth began to spin ever more slowly.
Those changes I will not reveal, because they comprise the most compelling aspects of the novel. Karen Thompson Walker is a fine representational writer. There are no heart-stopping passages, but neither are there any boring or poorly-written ones. The narrowness of the focus robs the story of a certain measure of its potential. We often see very little of what's happening in the world outside Julia's girlish set of concerns. In that sense it feels more like a young adult novel, with plenty of cross-over potential into the adult market.
What Walker does well is show how various citizen groups and government agencies behave when we are faced with a crisis. The government will always tell us to just keep shopping and all will be well. Certain people will panic, hoard food, and otherwise behave erratically. Factions will form, speculation will abound. But most of us will just keep soldiering on, adapting to the changes as best we can and stifling our deepest fears. Like it or not, the earth is our only home, and we're stuck here until further notice.
View all 8 comments. May 24, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: Think of everything humans ever invented. Rocket ships, computers, artificial hearts. We solve problems, you know? We always solve the big problems. The daylight stretches and stretches, and then th "I want you to think how smart humans are. The daylight stretches and stretches, and then the night goes on and on. People build shelters and greenhouses and hoard food. And relationships are strained and break apart. This is a good premise for a science fiction story, but "Age of Miracles" is more focused on Julia's coming of age.
She struggles with shyness and has a crush on a boy who seems to ignore her. She senses tension in her parents' marriage, and her best friend moves away. But Julia adapts to her new life, just as everyone must adapt to the changing hours. For a debut novel, the writing is lovely.
I think we lost something else when we lost that crisp rhythm, some general shared belief that we could count on certain things. Talents were rising to the surface, weaknesses were beginning to show through, we were finding out what kind of people we would be. Some would turn out beautiful, some funny, some shy. Some would be smart, others smarter. The chubby ones would likely always be chubby. The beloved, I sensed, would be beloved for life. And I worried that loneliness might work that way, too. Maybe loneliness was imprinted in my genes, lying dormant for years but now coming into full bloom.
However, the pacing could have been deliberate. I remember being a teenager and feeling that it took forever to grow up, that the awkwardness of being a kid would never pass. What if Julia never gets to grow up? Those hours would feel endless. Jun 30, Francine rated it liked it Shelves: The Age of Miracles was both beautiful and extremely frustrating.
Beautiful because the writing was exquisite; Karen Thompson Walker writes simply but succinctly. She's very expressive and knows her way around the written word. While I don't think it was as beautifully written as The Art of Fielding , her writing was sophisticated, evocative and nuanced; without trying too hard, her words successfully evoked the images and emotions needed to further her narrative, something which many other write The Age of Miracles was both beautiful and extremely frustrating.
While I don't think it was as beautifully written as The Art of Fielding , her writing was sophisticated, evocative and nuanced; without trying too hard, her words successfully evoked the images and emotions needed to further her narrative, something which many other writers try and fail to do. It almost reminded me of the beauty behind Colson Whitehead 's Zone One , another book that I thought was both beautifully written but extremely frustrating. So here are my reasons for loving this book: However, when taken in with the sci-fi aspects of the story the earth's rotation is slowing down, causing longer days and longer nights, which leads to the eventual dying of the earth , it fails miserably.
The science is weak. I had to stop nearly a dozen times in disbelief. While Thompson Walker does not go into details, specifically so that she wouldn't have to deal with the science, what did end up in the book irked me to the point of distraction. I finally had to tell myself to really suspend disbelief It's a good thing -- a really good thing -- that I enjoyed Julia's story. The heartbreaking end of her friendship with Hanna evoked painful memories of lost friendships in grade school; similarly, her growing friendship and initial romance with Seth reminded me of early crushes and never quite knowing how to behave around boys.
Her reaction to the decline of her parents' relationship was real, as were her feelings of not belonging anywhere or to anyone I, too, remember lunchtimes in the library, in grade school! I think this book is worth reading, but I must warn other science geeks out there: Don't try to think too much or too deeply. Just enjoy the story for what it is: Another book that didn't live up to the hype.
I found this so incredibly slow and boring. The plot sounds fantastic but the delivery of the story really had very little impact on me. As the world moves off kilter and the days get longer, chaos descends. But the book didn't give me that sense of doom, darkness, fear, end of the world as we know it feelings. I'm not going to dig much more out of my brain for this review. It's not worth it. Very disappointed in this one. This could of been really am Another book that didn't live up to the hype.
This could of been really amazing, it just wasn't. View all 7 comments. Aug 07, Genia Lukin rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is not badly written, or bad. The style is well-crafted, there's a story, and so on. I would recommend the book for a brainless evening on the couch, or for a train ride, or just for someone who needs some light reading, any time.
On the other hand, now that I've finished detailing the okay things that prevented a 1-star review, I shall move directly on. For one, the well-crafted writin Moves from 1. For one, the well-crafted writing style is very, very crafted. I have began, in recent months, to slowly identify that particular story-craft and writing that is characteristic of a specific subset of authors today.
I'm coming slowly to call it 'prestigious-MFA-graduate-style'. It was no surprise whatsoever for me to discover that Karen Walker, to, was a graduate of an MFA program. Somehow, there is a The books have this same precious, visual feeling that hovers around the margins of saying something, and says little, but with a lot of exceptional metaphors. For another, the book is simply shoddy sci-fi.
She is obviously a graduate also of that school that looks at genre and says 'ewww! Because of that, the actual science-fiction they produce tends to fall bitterly short. Of course, the background and setting of the story are mere literary devices, because real writers, ahem, write books about people, but in actuality, in science-fiction, the settings are also literary devices, and the authors tend to do better with them.
I don't actually want to put words into the author's mouth when I have in fact no real clue what she may be thinking of sci-fi, but even if she loves it and admires it, her approach seems a touch naive, and very 'magical'. This thing just happened, poof! The thing that most disappointed me in this book, though, were the characters. If the excuse of "real literature" is that it deals with "Real people" and characterization, this book has a problem.
It is as though there are no real people in there at all. Around her is a whole gallery of people similarly cookie-cutter. As though the author took notes on a stack of flashcards at school, on which Typical Characters are sketched out, and then just went and applied them. Sure, those are all Types seen in real life, but most people in real life show at least a little bit more variety and complexity. They say and do the right things for the Hippies.
They never do a single thing that is surprising. We also have the Orthodox Jews, who for some reason I don't actually know Wear Black, have Bland Jewish Names that went out of fashion years ago and so forth. None of these people says or does a single thing out of character for the entire book. The story unfolds in a way that makes it possible to predict most of what happens in it, word for word.
The beginning, the changes, the climax, the friendships The protagonist until the bitter end remains a wet noodle, allowing her Desired Boyfriend to treat her like she doesn't exist half the time, and melting when he throws a bone a whalebone her way. There are some genuinely touching moments in the book. The story has flow and dynamic and it is, thankfully, not too long. Most of that potential goes terribly unfulfilled, but occasionally some interesting or at least authentic emotions filter through.
Most of the time, though, it needs to be treated with extreme caution, and read with criticism suspended. View all 4 comments. This story haunts me. It is also very captivating to watch it unfold. I don't always go for YA, but this one was worth a re-read.
It made me thankful to see the sun rise and set every night when it's supposed to. The book is told through the eyes of a year-old Californian girl, Julia, as the earth's rotation starts to slow and the days and the nights get longer. I thought that the imagination and predictions about what might happen if the earth's rotation slowed was believable and this made t This story haunts me. I thought that the imagination and predictions about what might happen if the earth's rotation slowed was believable and this made the book scary. Along with this, Julia still has to deal with being a lonely almost teenager and all the social problems that go along with that.
I am kind of a geek about the end of the world books and this one does not disappoint. Jun 05, Perry rated it did not like it Shelves: With the pacing of Chinese water torture, a tale told with as much credulity and cleverness as a Donald Trump tweet. Thanks for the wonderful review that lead me to this, Ceridwen! I chose to give myself the amazing luxury of taking most of a day to read this weekend. This was the perfect book to do it with. It probably took me all of four or five hours to read, and I surfaced only once or twice, very unwillingly.
People start developing mysterious illinesses that no one understands. End-times cults begin to flourish. While the physics of it is likely to drive some people nuts, it made perfect sense to me that in this book, from this perspective, the source of the slowing would be unknown, and even more so, subject to the wildest speculation, from the somewhat plausible to the outrageously exploitative to the unfortunately not-plain wrong.
Rumors swirl constantly, the public attitude switches from full-on panic to cautiousness to boredom and resumption of normal behavior. It becomes another option of something to blame everything on, a new language to use to settle petty scores and map out likes and dislikes. Walker uses the bones and framework in a sufficiently anonymous and distant and yet precise enough way for anyone with the slightest experience to recognize it, fill in the gaps, and move on. And you should move on because the book is also a metaphor for the coming-of-age of the pre-teen narrator of the novel, an explicit metaphor for the seemingly inexplicable changes of middle school, both physical and mental: Blurry vision could be fixed invisibly with the magic of contact lens.
Lady, what utopian dreamworld are you living in? Miracles are uncomfortable to be around, when they occur with that much regularity. This sort of miracle is really what the bulk of the book is about. In the hands of many another author, this idea becomes two hundred pages of atmospheric world-building and dystopian social-group dissecting, eventually leading our heroine through a world of underground anti-Establishment cults towards Enlightenment and eventual victory at the head of an army. It would have been impossible, I think, for some to resist such a ready-made Hunger Games like premise.
Thus the background services the main metaphor, rather than making the characters themselves a metaphor. This offers the perfect emotional foundation for a novel about the all-or-nothing, labored breathing, precarious, mercurial, absolute seriousness that adolescence can often feel laden with, offering a justification that rationalizes it sufficiently for the reader to participate in that emotional state of mind and become wrapped up in it.
I think that this was a brilliant way of opening up a door and offering a way for the reader to really experience and remember what the cruelty and joy of that age felt like. At the start I was a bit wary of some of her more literary flourishes, which I felt were a bit overcooked at times, but they were balanced out by enough moments of excellent word choices and phrasing that I gradually relaxed.
Pinsky had drawn a funnel chart on the whiteboard to illustrate that a sifting process had begun. And I worried that loneliness might work that way too. They are almost always shown as following in the footsteps of their fathers. She has a crush on a brooding boy with floppy hair who is quiet and cute and a sad home life, which appeals to her seriousness and precious maturity. Except, you know, then the apocalypse gradually creeps onto everyone.
It disrupted certain subtler trajectories: But who am I to say that the course of my childhood was not already set long before the slowing? Perhaps my adolescence was only an average adolescences, the stinging a quite unremarkable stinging. There is such a thing as coincidence: Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing.
But I doubt it. I very much doubt it. The scene with the bully at the bus stop is a case in point. The narrator, our normal, average wallflower, becomes a wallflower no longer- as wallflowers are not a necessary element of the pecking order, only an outgrowth of it that is allowed to exist based on essentials being fulfilled.
But as the slowing realigns the pecking order, pulling people out of it who disappear or move away, moving people up and down based on their gains or losses that might otherwise not have happened, the narrator is suddenly pulled into being picked on in a way that she has never had to deal with being just-popular-and-pretty-enough, through her connections to beautiful and popular girls, to be worth the risk of upsetting your place in a delicate ecosystem.
But it seemed all at once that this balance has shifted. With so many kids missing from the buss top, all the hierarchies were changing. A mean thought passed through my mind: She was the neediest one among us. For me, it was the test that convinced me I was terrible at math, once and for all, the sarcastic attitude of certain family members at key moments, the phone number I got for a voice teacher at an audition I went to, the seat I chose in seventh grade English.
Walker gets this feeling of it-all-could-have-been-different right, and invests it with all the import that it deserves. It was easy to disappear into it and hard to pull myself out again. It affected my mood for the rest of the day. Sure, many of its insights have been said before, some of them many times, but the way that Walker finds to make some of them fresh again and show it to us once more in this heady emotional atmosphere is well worth experiencing. I have very few criticisms to make of this novel. The major thing I can think of that might be an issue for some readers is the very hazy physics of the novel- the catastrophes pile up and are more useful for metaphor and character development than they seem to be natural progressions of what might actually happen in this thought experiment.
The other thing, and this is probably mostly a result of the fascinating secondary stories she created, there are other characters whose story I might have preferred to be foregrounded. The story of her father or the neighbor Sylvia, for instance, the perspective of the grandfather. But I can see how choosing those characters would have upset the fragile balance of how this all worked, and also locked us in to seeing this from a particular view that might have shifted this into a lesser, sensationalistic thing tied up with politics or Revolutionary Road, depending on the choice.
The use of the narrator meant that she was almost a tabula rasa that reflected other, stronger personalities and gave us a strong chronicle of them from the outside, which allowed for better analysis and a broader scope. And I did feel that the narrator still had a satisfying inner life that rose above the expected a few times.
Finally, there is the issue that this is aimed at a YA audience and can certainly read like it at times. That's where some of those tired insights can come in- she's writing for people who likely have never heard them before. There's also some overexplaining that I didn't think was necessary and would likely not have been there in a non-YA novel. However, if more authors made the choices that Walker did, I might change my mind very quickly. Karen Thompson Walker reportedly received a million dollar advance for The Age of Miracles , her debut novel - an unimaginable sum for a first work, which naturally helped spark a considerable interest in it.
The six figure advance and the the anticipation reminded me of waiting for Justin Cronin's The Passage - a novel dealing with the fate of the world after an outbreak of a vampire virus. Ultimately, the reactions were mixed - you can read my review here. While Cronin aimed at reviving the - if Karen Thompson Walker reportedly received a million dollar advance for The Age of Miracles , her debut novel - an unimaginable sum for a first work, which naturally helped spark a considerable interest in it. While Cronin aimed at reviving the - if you'll forgive the pun - somehow dead vampire theme, Walker gives her work an original and interesting premise.
After some inexplicable event, the earth's rotation starts slowing down - days and nights begin to extend, at first almost unnoticeable, but soon affecting the lives of people in a very palpable way. As scorching days and cold nights extend crops begin to fail and people begin to suffer from symptoms which can't be diagnosed to any known disease.
This set-up should prove for a more than fertile ground for a fascinating work of speculative fiction - but The Age of Miracles isn't so. The focus falls on the 11 year old narrator, Julia, who goes through all the troubles of growing up, first crushes and dealing with her parents' troubled marriage, as the earth slows down into a pace which will stretch the days and nights into years, making it uninhabitable.
Julia's narration never feels like an 11 year old would think or speak, making the narration seem distant and detached. Since the novel is narrated in the first person, the book feels cold and clinical - there's not much emotion, spontaneity and energy which one would expect from a child narrator. The whole novel seems to want to resemble one of Ray Bradbury's old sci-fi stories Julie even remembers reading one but doesn't succeed at it. As other reviewers noted, the novel is surprisingly tame - there is preciously little violence and mayhem which would undoubtedly occur among societies as a result of the Slowing, forcing the reader to stretch his suspension of belief even further than necessary.
With its PGfeel it seems to have been tailored towards younger readers, despite being marketed as a work for adults. The ending is sudden and unsatisfying, and I was never able to get rid of the feeling that I read just a part of a larger whole - the book as it is feels incomplete. I would rate it around 2,5 stars - certainly not worth a million dollars, as science fiction fans are bound to walk away disappointed and those preferring coming of age stories will find little if anything which they had not read before in this slim and vapid tale.
Worth borrowing from a library if it strikes your interest, but just barely. Jul 07, Kate Z rated it it was ok.