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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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Jul 07, 2012

it was ok
Read in July, 2012

This is what I consider a good idea wasted. The idea: the rotation of the Earth has suddenly, dramatically, and inexplicable begun to slow down. Each "day" eventually stretches to more than 72 conventional hours long, longer periods of light and darkness. The force of gravity is altered, weather patterns change, agriculture suffers, plants and animals are dying off. What is one to do? I feel like Walker wastes this great idea by presenting it, then focusing the plot of the story on a typical coming of age story of a shy 12-year-old girl, who througout the course of the story loses her best friends and learns that her father is having an affair with the neighbor. Essentially, a plot that has grown old no matter what the setting is. The science fiction potential is lost, as Walker seems to leave so many questions and possibilities unexplored. For example, if everyone on earth suddenly experienced more than 20 hours of daylight at a time, you'd expect the solar panel industry to become king. walker presents the idea that energy resources are being depleted and brownouts are frequent, but only mentions the use of solar panels as applying to the radicals who move hundered of miles away to colonies in the desert, and to the drug dealers growing pot in their basement. She puts forth the idea that a change in gravity is making some (but not all) people sick, but never hints at what type of new research or treatments might develope as a result of this new development. Too many lost opportunities. But it was a quick read.
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Sheena Lambert Hello there, I just finished AofM and I read your review - it's funny how people have a different take on things! I liked that the author didn't get too caught up in what was going on in the world (e.g. the solar power industry) cos I think that maybe it would be very difficult to properly and acurately describe everything that would have been going on....seeing it through the eyes of an 11-year-old was a useful way of getting a specific point of view of what was happening, without inundating the reader with too much info, no? I agree that there is definately another few novels in the premise though - one focusing on the energy industry would be great! I'd def read it. I have to say I really enjoyed AofM but I did have some issues with it. I wrote my own review. Cheers! Sx

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