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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Age of Miracles

Holy hell, this book is incredible.  Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles is a book that could write its own review of awesomeness because it is just that amazing.

The earth's rotation is slowing.  Days are growing longer.  There is nothing any scientist can do to make it stop.  The government mandates citizens live on clock-time--the 12 hour clock cycle.  Fringe groups live on real-time trying to keep with circadian rhythms.  Julia is an eleven-year-old only child who still has to go to school, face her crush, deal with bullies, and feel like an outcast.  These things don't change with the light.  As the world changes, though, so does her life: her mother gets "the sickness", her father becomes distant, and her grandfather is missing.  How can you be a normal kid when everything around you is falling apart, including the planet?

This book owned me for 24 hours. To say that I was captivated is not fair--I was addicted.  I wanted to leave dinner with friends to continue reading.  I needed to be with Julia as she faced these new horrible realities; I needed to talk to her, to tell her it would be OK even though I have no idea if it will be.  This world felt real to me, so much so that I was sitting in Central Park reading and I thought I was in the book.  It was still light out, I thought the world's days were in fact growing longer, I heard a siren and almost had a strait up panic attack.  I truly believed for a moment that this was my world until reality hit that I was actually in Central Park and super hungry.

I only wish that words could properly express how heavy my heart became while reading this book and I am so grateful for Ms. Walker putting her words into book form.  I will recommend this book over and over and over again for a while.  This is everything that I love about reading and what I strive to find in every book I seek out.

Get it get it get it. Kindle version on the left, hard copy on the right:

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