Heading into adolescence is never an easy time, and for Julia it is made so much worse by the disintegration of her parent’s marriage – oh and add in a world-changing slowing of the Earth’s gravity that is making days and nights longer, first by minutes and then hours/days. This is the world Julia is trying to make her way through in Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles.
This book is so much more than a post-apocalyptic story. Not saying it doesn’t have the usual elements – a look at environmental warnings, a class created of us versus them (in this case it is people who operate with the clock regardless of the sun, and those who live with the sun, which means that sometimes they might be starting their day at midnight). But really the story is a coming of age tale of Julia – the trying to fit in, losing someone you thought was your BFF, feeling like an outsider, starting to discover boys, and working out her relationship with her parents (even as she knows a secret about each of them).
I loved this book. It was one of my favorite of the year so far. Thompson Walker wove a lovely story and built up a wonderful cast of characters who moved Julia’s story in a believable way, even in the most unbelievable of situations. What was going on outside was just a perfect backdrop to all that was going on in Julia’s life. And even in all the chaos of adolescence (and catastrophic events), life goes on.