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The Age of Miracles From A Stunning New Literary Voice Comes A Brilliant Debut Novel That Created An International Auction Frenzy, With Sales In Twenty Seven Countries To Date, About A Young Girl Growing Up In Extraordinary Times On A Seemingly Ordinary Saturday Morning, Julia And Her Family Wake To Discover, Along With The Rest Of The World, That The Rotation Of The Earth Has Suddenly Begun To Slow Set Against This Threat To Normal Life, The Age Of Miraclesmaps The Effects Of Catastrophes Big And Small On The Lives Of Ordinary People, And In Particular, One Young Girl Extraordinary For Its Original Concept, Unforgettable Characters, And The Grace, Elegance And Beauty Of Karen Thompson Walker S Prose, The Age Of Miraclesis A Mesmerizing Story Of Family Turmoil, Young Love, And Coming Of Age Set Against An Upending Of Life As We Know It

  • Hardcover
  • 275 pages
  • The Age of Miracles
  • Karen Thompson Walker
  • English
  • 07 October 2017
  • 0385676638

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10 thoughts on “The Age of Miracles

  1. says:

    I loved this book I read it in one 24 hour period Great example of soft sci fi fabulist fiction It s like a cross between Alice Sebold s book The Lovely Bones and Lars Van Trier s film Melancholia In some ways, I also thought about Diary of Anne Frank A young girl faces a possible apocalypse in MIRACLES It s YA dystopia butcharming and whimsical than, say, The Hunger Games Ultimately it is a book that celebrates life with one hand, as it erases life with the other.The language of th I loved this book I read it in one 24 hour period Great example of soft sci fi fabulist fiction It s like a cross between Alice Sebold s book The Lovely Bones and Lars Van Trier s film Melancholia In some ways, I also thought about Diary of Anne Frank A young girl faces a possible apocalypse in MIRACLES It s YA dystopia butcharming and whimsical than, say, The Hunger Games Ultimately it is a book that celebrates life with one hand, as it erases life with the other.The language of the book is poetic and intoxicating The consequences of the slowing earth are imagined in rich and provocative detail I m a very picky reader and many unfinished books lie around my house, but this one satisfied me I was less taken with the second book, The Dreamers The review is also on Goodreads The YA heroine in Miracles was someone I could relate to and root for, the plot had just enough twists, the concept hooked me and was well executed.SPOILER ALERT I did think the author cheated just a bit here and there It s a brilliant cheat There are times the hero Julia says things like That was the last time I EVER ate strawberries Or I NEVER saw so and so again That kind of language hints that she might die at the end, or that the world ends in the last chapter In fact, the character and the world still go on by the novel s end, albeit precariously I think thehonest phrasing would have been That was the last time I ate strawberries this spring Because as long as the earth spins and she is alive, she can t truly know that she will NEVER eat strawberries again Even if strawberries become extinct, technically she can not know that by some twist of fate she won t eat them again It s a small thing and I think the author was very clever to use this sleight of hand It made me think that the girl or the world were going away It s a book I will think of for some time As a writer myself of speculative, trippy fiction I am in the process of analyzing the many things this book did right I love speculative fiction like this If you do too, you might check out my novel, THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL, which was a Top 3 finalist in theBreakthrough Novel Awards It s about a human embryo that s allowed to preview the world before deciding whether to be born In the fascinating and engaging near future world of this novelProspect s strong, innocent voice carries the novel as it ranges from touching to satirical in its exploration of the nature of humanity Publishers Weeklyhttps amzn.to 2l2a8sW Or check out my second novel, THE HOPE STORE, which I m also recording in my voice as an audiobook Coming soon It s about the first store in the world to sell hope over the counter, and the controversies that ensue The perfect novel for these hope challenging times we are living through This book got me named an Author to Watch by Best Indie Book Awards Set in a Chicago of the future, the story opens with Jada Upshaw, an amazing, multi dimensional character I found the book cerebral, sexy, and thought provoking, as all Okita s work is Best in Fantasy blog, Connie J Jaspersonhttp amzn.to 2wzZm5c Thanks to the many goodreads folks who have liked this review www.DwightOkita.com

  2. says:

    2.5This is yet another rating I really struggled with because, though I can t say I really enjoyed it, the novel is beautifully written in a very evocative way that makes you want to write down a quote every few pages But it comes back to that whole writing vs story matter that has stopped me from giving many prettily worded books a high rating.The dystopian aspect of The Age of Miracles creeps in slowly and in a mostly subtle and non threatening manner Basically, the normal 24 hour day be 2.5This is yet another rating I really struggled with because, though I can t say I really enjoyed it, the novel is beautifully written in a very evocative way that makes you want to write down a quote every few pages But it comes back to that whole writing vs story matter that has stopped me from giving many prettily worded books a high rating.The dystopian aspect of The Age of Miracles creeps in slowly and in a mostly subtle and non threatening manner Basically, the normal 24 hour day begins to slowly lengthen, first by minutes, then later by hours Scientists from around the world appear on TV discussing this strange occurrence how could this have happened Why did no one see it coming Eventually,subtle and weird changes begin to happen to do with the Earth s gravity birds dropping to the ground, unable to fly cars colliding in accidents that would have easily been avoided before.This is one of those slow moving stories, the major plot line is that these changes take place but the subplots that should be what happens when it does, how this affects people s lives they are small and seem rather undramatic, particularly for this genre that needs a little oppression, some serious danger, a very real threat I read this novel feeling like no one was in any real peril and that the most tragic event was that Julia the eleven year old narrator grew apart from her best friend.I guess that the intention of the author was to show the subtle effects to lives when people experience fear and uncertainty Walker wanted to show how relationships break down and people change, and she did do that But there s no real sense of catastrophe here, no panic, the fear they feel isa touch of nerves over what might happen than it is a spine chilling terror It s too gentle, too subdued, too focused on what I didn t care about The description would have you think that this is a science fiction kind of tale where the Earth s rotation starts going crazy hardly, it s the day to day problems of a suburban Californian family and how badly they deal with their routine being disturbed Also, the ending is highly unsatisfying and read like the bullshitting of someone who doesn t have the answers to the questions they ve opened up Unless your idea of a good reading experience depends totally on the language writing, I recommend giving this one a miss and maybe just reading the pretty quotes on the book page

  3. says:

    Starts off well but quickly fizzles into a pretty benign coming of age story Also, while I m not necessarily a stickler for hard science in my sci fi, it seemed like the author was too lazy to research the actual effects of the Earth slowing and just ignores the basic laws of the physical sciences So much so that it really did take away from the story The whole apocalypse angle was incidental and unnecessary to the plot A bland story all dressed up with nowhere to go.

  4. says:

    First great five star read this year I have seen this book gets mixed reviews, but I just loved it I really like the style of this writer She writes about catastrophies happening in the world re also her other book The Dreamers but the contrast is she does it in a very quiet and even almost poetic way Which made it a great read for me This book is about a scary change happening worldwide the rotation of the earth is changing The days and nights are growing longer and longer gravity is First great five star read this year I have seen this book gets mixed reviews, but I just loved it I really like the style of this writer She writes about catastrophies happening in the world re also her other book The Dreamers but the contrast is she does it in a very quiet and even almost poetic way Which made it a great read for me This book is about a scary change happening worldwide the rotation of the earth is changing The days and nights are growing longer and longer gravity is affected the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray So it changes life for everyone and nobody knows what comes next and if earth is going to survive Within this framework we witness this happening through the eyes of teenager Julia and her family Her mother, father and grandfather are severely affected which brings this family into turbulence and into weird happenings Meanwhile, this is a very beautiful coming of age story Loved it So, these are my thoughts Please share yours if you read this More to follow as usual And recommended We stopped at a gas station on the way and discovered a long line of cars waiting for the pumps Dozens of minivans and SUVs formed a chain that overflowed the parking log and wrapped around the street corner Jesus, said my mother This line looks like something out of a war zone A woman in a pink floral print dress hurried between the cars, slipping orange flyers beneath windshield wiper blades as passengers looked away The end is now Repent and save yourself I avoided her eyes as she passed, so frantic and so sure, but she sought out mine and paused at my window to shout through the glass And the Lord God said, On that day, I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight My mother flicked the lock on the doors Is that from the Bible , I asked I can t remember , my mother said

  5. says:

    Really enjoyed this book The characters were believable and yes the slowing of the earth was believable too One can only imagine the horrors of this happening for real, but the thing is, you CAN see the possibility of this scenario You really get to feel how scary it would be Well written, would definitely recommend.

  6. says:

    Growing from pre to teen is tough enough, but when the entire planet slows down, it makes the transition a whole lot tougher Julia is a charming every girl living an average life in southern California Her coming of age joins with a slow apocalypse vision in a merging of genres The ARE volume I read includes no explanation for why the earth s rotation suddenly begins slowing Unless of course, I am an older, blinder coot that I realized, and just missed it I have read that the cause was sup Growing from pre to teen is tough enough, but when the entire planet slows down, it makes the transition a whole lot tougher Julia is a charming every girl living an average life in southern California Her coming of age joins with a slow apocalypse vision in a merging of genres The ARE volume I read includes no explanation for why the earth s rotation suddenly begins slowing Unless of course, I am an older, blinder coot that I realized, and just missed it I have read that the cause was supposed to have been a large earthquake, but it is possible that that was edited out In any case we have parallel story lines here One is Julia coming of age and other is the earth maybe coming to its end The two interact as we would expect they might In any coming of age, particular of an American middle class girl, there are a host of items one would expect, a checklist, of concerns that might be in any bildungsroman Social anxiety, feeling like an outsider, attraction to a boy, problems with friends, having to cope with obnoxious peers, concern about physical development, concern about physical appearance, including exposure, beginning to see flaws in parents, beginning to appreciate complexities of the world Check, check, check, check, and so on There is not much in the arc of Julia s experience of growing that stands out here It is clearly the external events that make thisthan yet another tale of growing up The event is called the slowing Unfortunately it requires a large act of faith to accept the premise, but let s make the assumption, just for now If the earth were to begin slowing how might this manifest It is here that the strength of the story lies The details Walker offers are fascinating, and include many symptoms that might not feel all that newsworthy I would not be surprised if Walker had scoured the news for oddities to include here Changes in the earth s electromagnetic field are significant, exposure to prolonged periods of both light and dark have catastrophic effects on plant life Birds plunge from the sky for no obvious reason, gravity itself increases I liked how she projected a likely separation of people into two camps, those who stayed with life based on a 24 hour clock, regardless of light and dark, clock timers, and another group that attempted to adjust themselves to the light and dark cycles that the slowing earth offered, real timers It was clear that a lot of thought went into the cascading reactions of earth s biomes and its people to the change Most of it made sense Some did not.Even were the earth to slow down, one would expect the rate of slowing to be fairly constant In Walker s vision the rate of change varies from day to day, and even the direction of the change fluctuates I wonder if this is actually possible for an earth sized planet I would be interested to know what her source was for this possibility I came across one particular item that was bothersome beyond that I wanted to think that somewhere on the other end of time, a hundred light years from then, someone else, some distant future creature might be looking back at a preserved image of me and my father at that very moment in my bedroom.Really, did the author never hear of Star Wars, in which Han Solo incorrectly uses the word parsecs as a measure of time when it is really a measure of distance Ditto here It is conceivable that Julia might mistake light years for a measure of time, but one must wonder if it is the author who got this one wrong This would be surprising as it is clear Walker did a lot of research for this book Another was when everyone was terrified by an eclipse Even in a slowed down earth, one would expect that science would still be able to predict such events and offer public notice This sort of thing is jarring and challenges one s ability to suspend disbelief.The book reads very fast Julia is an attractive narrator, someone who readers can root for Walker keeps the plot moving forward and gives us plenty of information about what is happening in the world without seeming to force anything She offers plenty of imagery to enhance the characters experience and tweak our concerns about this world We really do expect that the changes in the larger world will reflect, or at least enhance, the changes in our narrator Walker does not disappoint here An example Maybe it had begun to happen before the slowing, but it was only afterward that I realized it my friendships were disintegrating Everything was coming apart It was a rough crossing, the one from childhood to the next life As with any other harsh journey, not everything survived.And another Some things that happen during youth, you carry with you into later life, and certain experts were already predicting an approaching tidal wave of cancersSo why did I not love this book First of all, even with all the apocalyptic material it contains, and despite the wishes of Random House, and other publishers who have forked out millions, yes millions for this book this is a YA book It is actively annoying to be reading a book that clearly is meant for a YA reader and have the publisher s marketing department pretending it is intended for readers who are way post adolescence, praying for that crossover hit It would not shock me at all if RH convinces the author to have her name printed as K.T Walker in hopes of giving her work a subliminal boost in growing Potter like legs Really, label it properly Secondly, the growing up aspect of this novel seemed garden variety to me Been there, read that I enjoyed reading The Age of Miracles with the world falling apart, one presumes that the miracles here have to do with the characters and not the things happening in the world, or they would have had to call the book The Age of Horrors and would happily recommend this book to kids from 10 to 17 But older than that, not so much

  7. says:

    I loved The Dreamers so decided to read the author s backlist book While the apocalyptic theme is similar, the execution is very different The earth s rotation has slowed, and the lengthening days and nights affects everything from gravity, crops, tides, and animals, to human behavior Julia, a 12 year old, is the narrator and she must deal with a very altered, uncertain world and future while also navigating the challenges of life as a tween I don t typically enjoy child narrators but Julia I loved The Dreamers so decided to read the author s backlist book While the apocalyptic theme is similar, the execution is very different The earth s rotation has slowed, and the lengthening days and nights affects everything from gravity, crops, tides, and animals, to human behavior Julia, a 12 year old, is the narrator and she must deal with a very altered, uncertain world and future while also navigating the challenges of life as a tween I don t typically enjoy child narrators but Julia stole my heart and I was very taken with her The author writes beautifully with a quiet thoughtful prose that appeals to me It probably won t satisfy a fan who reads only apocalyptic and sci fi, but I d recommend it for those who enjoy literary fiction coming of age novels that offers something just a little different

  8. says:

    Really disappointed and glad I read her sopho novel first While I was intrigued with the premise and kept reading to see where it was going. it never really went anywhere A very melancholy story that failed to ever capture my full attention Just waiting, waiting, waiting, and for what Not much of an ending IMO.Something has happened to make the Earth slow Just like the pace of this book and it never picked up In the end, this was a huge miss.

  9. says:

    I think I am exactly the wrong audience for this book I read a lot of science fiction, see, and this book is very much trying to do science fiction without the science fiction And so my inclination is to want the book to explore at least some of the science behind what s going on, and the steadfast half refusal to do so is irritating.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In t I think I am exactly the wrong audience for this book I read a lot of science fiction, see, and this book is very much trying to do science fiction without the science fiction And so my inclination is to want the book to explore at least some of the science behind what s going on, and the steadfast half refusal to do so is irritating.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  10. says:

    Most books I read a book serve as a form of escapism, a little welcome holiday from life But some books get inside your head, altering how you see your own life, even as you are reading them Changing your perspective on the real world.The Age of Miracles is one of those books The Da Vinci COde had a little of the same effect I never looked at his paintings in the same way again But the Age of Miracles did it better Without spoiling anything, I can say that the book begins with the mass re Most books I read a book serve as a form of escapism, a little welcome holiday from life But some books get inside your head, altering how you see your own life, even as you are reading them Changing your perspective on the real world.The Age of Miracles is one of those books The Da Vinci COde had a little of the same effect I never looked at his paintings in the same way again But the Age of Miracles did it better Without spoiling anything, I can say that the book begins with the mass realisation that the earth s spin is slowing down The phenomenon is termed The Slowing I read the book in half a week, and found myself nervously watching the skiesthan once over those few days Was it me, or was the sunsetting very late Did the moon look particularly orange and large, or did it always look like that at this time of year Hmmmm.The premise behind the book is fantastic A quarter of the way through, I was sure this would be a 5 star rating only my second for a novel on Goodreads The writing is great The main character, being an 11 year old girl, is the perfect heroine, insofar as the writer can never get TOO scientific, which suits the reader There is enough science here to deal with, but it never gets annoyingly complicated.But I had one major gripe with the book A third of the way through, I was waiting for the main plot to start Two thirds of the way through, I was still waiting And at the end, it became apparent that there was to be no main story line, apart from The Slowing, and how it effected everyone and everything over the course of a year More of a memoir, than a novel.Now, perhaps this was what the author intended Maybe she thought that The Slowing was story enough in itself And maybe she was right I still was excited to get back to the book every night, and I enjoyed almost every part of it But there was the odd time where I felt a little patronised for example, the effect on the tides was repeatedly explained, as if the reader mightn t have grasped it the first time and most chapters began with a discription of some new effect The Slowing was having, all of which was interesting, but became a little repetitive Had there been another narrative, a main storyline running through the book, I think The Miracle of Ages would have been a 5 star rating.But even as it is, I would highly recommend it, especially to anyone with an interest in science or the environment A great read

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