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.