**spoiler alert** On the surface the story is about how, inexplicably, the earth's rotation begins to slow. Days start to become longer and longer, as...more**spoiler alert** On the surface the story is about how, inexplicably, the earth's rotation begins to slow. Days start to become longer and longer, as do the nights. How do people adjust? How do people live?
But the real story revolves around Julia, who is 11 when it all begins. The slowing of the rotation is when Julia begins her exit from a child to entering adolescence, and the knowledge of the world of adults she know begins to see, but not always understand. There are her parents, whose relationship, she now notices, is strained. She finds out her father is cheating on her mother, and she doesn't know what to do with the information. She is now starting to see when her father lies, something she didn't see before.
There is prejudice and intolerance. The people who decide to live their days according to the earth's rotation, as opposed to the government mandated 24-hour clock. It is not long before their lifestyles are made illegal in some countries, and they become the people to avoid. They are essentially cast out of society, living their lives on the same street as Julia, but they are now to be avoided.
There is the loss of childhood friendships, in ways that no one ever really comprehends when they are that age.
There is first love, and the searing pain of when it ends.
There is loss. Loss of the life she once knew, predictability of the sun and the moon. Of her body. Of her peers. Of her grandfather. Of life as she had knew it.
"But I guess it never is what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophes are always different-- unimaginable, unprepared for, unknown."(less)