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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-teen-crossover
Read from June 04 to 05, 2012

The Age of Miracles has an amazing and fascinating premise--what would happen if the earth's rotation inexplicably began to slow? Time would now be out of sync and the slowing would have a global impact. One ordinary Saturday, Julia and her family wake to find that the day is now a bit longer, due to a slowing of the earth's rotation. Each day, the days continue to lengthen. Time is now just a theoretical concept. The slowing impacts everything, causing mass extinctions of animals, crop failures, and tidal changes, among others. But these are just the global changes. Humans begin to suffer from the changes to their internal circadian clocks. The government insists that "clock" time must be maintained in order for society to function normally. But other people decide that following the new progression of day and night is "real" time and the only way to adapt to this massive change. Julia must cope with all of this, but, being a teen, she worries about more immediate things--her lack of friends, her first crush, and the painful awareness that her parents are drifting apart.

This novel combines coming of age story with an unusual dystopic premise. It is a great teen/adult crossover novel.
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Lilly jealous! how did you get your hands on this one? I put it on my to-read list yesterday, but i thought it wasn't out yet? :)

message 2: by Jan (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jan Hi...I got a copy from Net Galley...you are right, it is not out yet.

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