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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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Jun 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

You know, I was not going to read this because I about at my limit of dystopian novels. Seriously. But, I saw this compared to Into the Forest, and as that is one of my favorite novels EVER, I had to find out why.
i do wonder if I am describing this correctly: Is a book dystopian when it takes place during the transition to a dystopian world?
The Age of Miracles is really a coming of age story about Julia, age 12, and how her family is dealing with the fact that the Earth is gaining time. "The Slowing" results in many natural disasters, but through them Julia is also dealing with changes in her relationships with her friends, her family, and how she views the world.
All of the characters are multi-layered and well presented. At one point, I remember thinking- if Wes Anderson made and end of the world movie, this would be it. There are scenes in this book that will make your heart hurt. Julia is dealing with a loneliness that is isolating. I loved Grandpa and Seth.
I highly recommend this one. It has a similar feel to Into the Forest (I will agree), and a voice that reminded me of Lovely Bones. I think this one will be a crossover for YA as well.

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