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The Age of Miracles 

By Karen Thompson Walker (Bond Street Books)

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It’s hard enough to be a young girl navigating the treacherous world of middle school without the Earth’s rotation slowing and causing a series of end-of-the-world phenomena. But, that’s the lot Julia is cast in The Age of Miracles. It would be easy for Karen Thompson Walker to go full nutty sci-fi with the concept but she wisely decides to stick with Julia instead. As Earth slows, the days swell to accommodate more hours until “white nights” become a regular occurrence---pushing society to fracture into those “on the clock” and those off of it. Julia’s mother falls ill with a mysterious “gravity sickness,” her father forges a secret bond with an off the clock neighbour and her grandfather starts spouting conspiracy theories. The tension of a world drastically changed and a family falling apart makes Julia’s coming-of-age tale all the more intense, and fascinating. Age of Miracles is the perfect follow-up for the YA reader who’s past The Hunger Games and needs a new taste of dystopian love.


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