Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Review of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles is a fantastic debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker and is a book that is quite unlike anything I have read before.

The story is told through the eyes of eleven year old Julia. On what seems like normal Californian morning for Julia and her family, they discover that the earth’s rotation is slowing. The idea itself is almost beyond comprehension and the characters, like the reader, are soon clamouring to find out what the consequences will be. Before long, birds fall from the sky and the days seem to stretch on and on.

This is a thought provoking novel that had me hooked from the very first page. It is all the more powerful for being told through Julia’s eyes as she goes through adolescence.

The Age of Miracles is a fascinating story of an unthinkable event. Thompson Walker cleverly combines an unknown situation with everyday family dramas creating a compelling read.

This book exceeded my expectations and I did not want to put it down. I will definitely be looking out for future work from this author.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy to review.

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