The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
2012/  268 pages
narrated by Emily Janice Card 9h. 3m.
rating – 7.5

I don’t believe I’ve ever read a dystopian novel in which the emotional content is quite so interwoven with the sci-fi aspect.   In Walker’s debut novel she manages to incorporate the effect of  the earth’s slowing of the earth’s rotation (entropy?) with the lives and loves of a 12-year old girl and her friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

A combination dystopian sci-fi and coming-of-age story with a 12-year old 1st person who wonders about her father,  a boy in school,  the slowing, her mother, her friends,  and her grandfather.  Meanwhile the days get longer and longer – 24 1/2 hours ,  26 hours,  30 hours, more.   To use clocks or not?  How does this affect the crops, the birds, the oceans, personal health and relationships?  This is a very imaginative expansion on that idea.

This reads like Young Adult fiction but I’d say yes for over the age of 15 due to content.


Denver Post

Washington Post 

2 Responses to The Age of Miracles

  1. jameswharris says:

    Have you read Earth Abides by George R. Stewart? I think it’s a wonderful emotional science fiction novel. I think The Lovely Bones was the success it was because it combined the personal, emotion and fantasy all into one story. I love a great first person novel that has a distinctive voice.

    By the way, I’m reading Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen that combined first person memoir with non-fiction anti-nukes story very effectively.


  2. I’ve meant to get to Earth Abides but never did. I think they have it at Audible – it will be on my wish list if they do. If it’s not on that list already. (heh)


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