My Mom is a reader too and not just in the last name kind of way. Like me, she works in the publishing industry, so she had the opportunity to read an advanced reading copy of Karen Thompson Walker’s “The Age of Miracles”. Here’s what she had to say:
In The Age of Miracles, Julia and her family, and the rest of the world, wake up to find the world has started spinning slower than usual. Julia is a shy 11 year old, who like most girls her age, has a best friend, Hannah and is just starting to like boys.
As the days grow longer and the nights become white, changes to the people Julia knows and loves become evident. Hannah’s family moves to a community that is waiting for Christ to reappear because they feel the end is near. This leaves Julia without a best friend and for an 11 year old, that is devastating. She begins to speak with Seth, a young boy who she’s developed feelings for, but that also ends in disaster. Her mother begins to feel the effects of the “disease” and faints at the drop of a hat and her father, a doctor, starts spending more time at the hospital and elsewhere.
While Julia’s world is changing, the world itself is trying to adapt. Crops are withering in the fields from too much sun; people are starting to stockpile goods in their homes and as much as people try to stay awake during the “days” and only sleep in the nights, changes appear everywhere and people are condemned for their lifestyles.
Throughout the book, Julia tries to have a “normal” life, in a world that is anything but normal. This past weekend a movie based on the well known children’s book, THE LORAX opened and movie goers found out about the creature who speaks for the trees. If the LORAX speaks for the trees, then Julia speaks for the world in this brilliant book. Karen Thompson Walker will have you rethinking wasting anything… fuel, electricity or precious time.
“The Age of Miracles” is Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel and it will be in stores on June 26, 2012. The book was also acquired by Tree of Life Production Co. who will be adapting it into a film.