The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
The Earth is slowing down; days and nights are continuing to get longer with no explanation. At the same time, 12 year old Julia is entering the age where both bodies and interests change, friendships are altered, and love blossoms. The Age of Miracles is a story of how even in the face of uncertain change, life continues to go on.

This was overall a great story with beautiful writing and well drawn characters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the author did much research on the physics of the “slowing.” My physics is limited, but I do know that the effects on gravity would actually be quite minimal, if any. It’s also doubtful that a “gravity sickness” would occur, or that birds would experience massive die-offs as a result. Some animals would likely have problems with the altered daylight cycle, but it’s unlikely that captive birds would be affected in the same manner.

That said, Walker depicts a lot of the issues very believably. The issue of variable day length is handled well, with most people adhering to a 24 hour cycle regardless, and others choosing to live according to the natural day. The disruptions of plant growth cycles and the subsequent food shortages are also pretty believable.

The Age of Miracles is largely about Julia’s attempt to live a normal life in spite of all the changes around her. Unfortunately, there isn’t much closure at the end of the story, which is presented as a retrospective by an older Julia. The cause of the “slowing” is never revealed, nor is the actual age of the protagonist, although she is at least 23. The story ends on a bittersweet note, with Julia hoping for the future despite living in a dying world.

A review copy was provided through the Librarything Early Reviewers program.