The Age of Miracles

A Novel

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Age of Miracles
Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0812992970
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,25 cm.


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Nov 24, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this is an account of an apocalyptic-level disaster told from the viewpoint of an achingly lonely 12 year old girl.
good writing, good premise. there were moments when i caught myself freaking out about what a terrible future the human race was in for, before i remembered it's fiction and our earth hasn't stopped turning like in the book.
well done.

Jul 29, 2014
  • jtob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was a good book, just not my favorite. It follows a young girl as the world is essentially ending. The premise was interesting but I expected more sci-fi and action. It really is a coming of age story that just happened to happen while the earths rotation is slowing down. However, the book progresses nicely and the language used was easy to follow. It was written well, so even though the story bored me a bit I still finished the book.

Feb 10, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful book, would recommend it to both adults and young adults (13+)
It's not really one of those spooky end of the world books, I think someone said it's a "'light and easy dystopian" book. It's also like a family drama too.

Nov 21, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good first novel. I really hate reading about the end of the World however, and although it was a fairly quick novel, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a 'light' dystopian read.

Oct 06, 2013
  • natathia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very well written, definitely recommend.

Oct 05, 2013
  • toby1kenobi rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Starts out well, but just doesn't seem to go anywhere. I got bored halfway through and stopped reading. Much better off trying How I live Now or Into the Forest.

Sep 14, 2013
  • carrilis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved that this had a completely different type of premise going on. It made the character's struggles seem more, not less, important.

Aug 12, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A friend recommended this book and I'm glad she did - very good read. A sort of sci-fi-y coming-of-age fiction about the Earth "slowing", adding minutes of time to its daily rotation until days and nights are over a week long each. The effects on society and the environment are very interesting but not completely revealed (nothing at all about what happened to land mammals, and how the people existed so long after the "wheat point", and how anything existed when all the plants died off - what about how trees are the lungs of the planet? where did the oxygen we need come from, when all the plants were gone?) - but thought-provoking nonetheless, and well written.

Jul 17, 2013

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: This is a really fantastic book! This is an adult apocalyptic novel. The days one earth start slowly lengthening one day, and society soon splits between those who want to stick to a 24 hour clock, even as it gets more and more inaccurate, and those who want to adjust their circadian rhythms to try and deal with the changes. The narrator is a young girl, so the book is a really neat mix of the normal day-to-day doings of a girl going through puberty and dealing with first love and bullying and school, and larger big-picture news on the effects of lengthened days and nights on humanity and nature. Really well-written. It is not face-paced like most apocalyptic novels, and is a character-driven novel instead of action-driven.

Jun 06, 2013
  • september_thunder rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A tale of truth that delves into childhood, youthful clarity, the fragility of relationships, grief and uncertainty. The Age of Miracles is lyrical down to its last whisper of hope, even as the world fades with the parting sentence. Each description twists perception so that the reader sees the information in this little girl's clairvoyant eyes.This read is unlike any other dystopian novel, and miles ahead because of it.

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Feb 10, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2013
  • Nutty rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2013
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Sep 28, 2012
  • mpfickes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Spare, unselfconscious, this debut novel is as startling in its premise as it is in its sense of "rightness." It is a small gem.

Julia, the narrator and main character, is an eleven-year Southern California only child whose mother, a part-time acting teacher, and father, an ob-gyn, respond to the world in markedly different ways, leaving Julia to occupy the middle ground linking them together. Her observing voice recalls, from a distance, the long-ago time when a day lasted 24 hours, divided predictably between darkness and light. But on the cusp of adolescence, Julia's ordinary concerns (flat-chestedness, popularity, soccer) are eclipsed by an epochal shift, soon named The Slowing: days are gradually lengthening, rendering "clock time" meaningless.

Julia's telling of this catastrophic change never strays into the histrionic. The result is completely, disturbingly believable novel that will resonate with YA and adult audiences alike.


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Jun 06, 2013
  • september_thunder rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"But doesn't every previous era feel like fiction once it's gone? After a while, certain vestigial saying are all that remain....Similarly, even as they grew apart, my parents never stopped calling each other sweetheart."


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