Karen Thompson Walker
Julia awakes on a summer day to what seems like a normal Saturday. It only takes a few minutes for everything to change dramatically. The news stations suddenly have breaking news to report: the days are getting longer. It’s only by a few minutes, but scientists are reporting that it’s indicative of the earth’s rotation slowing down.
As The Age of Miracles goes on, the situation quickly becomes more dire. As the days go on, the idea of a 24 hour day becomes a distant memory. The daylight hours stretch on for days, to be followed by long bouts of darkness. The government decides to go ahead and stick with “clock time”, meaning that people are expected to live by the 24 hour clock regardless of whether 3am falls in the middle of the day or noon is smack dab in the middle of the night. Conflict arises when some citizens decide to go by “real time”, meaning they sleep when the it is dark and stay awake during daytime hours.
There is a LOT of YA dystopian fiction out there. I think we can all agree on that. So it can be difficult for a debut author to step onto the scene and be successful. For that reason, I was kind of skeptical when I picked this one up. I was interested in the premise, so it was a matter of whether or not Walker could deliver. And guys, I am happy to say she did! The Age of Miracles was wonderful. I could not put it down!
There seemed to be a little something special about this book. It kept me rapt, which is typical for YA dystopian but there also seemed to be an additional weightiness to the text that I don’t always find with the genre. It almost seemed a little more realistic than what the genre typically offers.
I urge others to read this one ASAP. It’s a great beach read because it will keep your attention from page one! I will definitely keep an eye out in the future for more from this author.
KAREN THOMPSON WALKER holds an M.F.A. from Columbia University and is an editor of fiction and non-fiction at Simon & Schuster. The Age of Miracles is her first book.
Karen Thompson Walker’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, June 4th: Layers of Thought
Wednesday, June 6th: Rhapsody in Books
Thursday, June 7th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, June 11th: Reviews by Lola
Tuesday, June 12th: Book Chatter
Wednesday, June 13th: Alison’s Bookmarks
Thursday, June 14th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Monday, June 18th: Inklings Read
Tuesday, June 19th: Life in the Thumb
Wednesday, June 20th: Under My Apple Tree
Thursday, June 21st: Twisting the Lens
Monday, June 25th: Taming the Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 26th: Stephanie’s Written Word
Wednesday, June 27th: Jen’s Book Den & Literary Review
Thursday, June 28th: Conceptual Reception
Monday, July 2nd: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Tuesday, July 3rd: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Thursday, July 5th: The Brain Lair
Monday, July 9th: Great Imaginations
Tuesday, July 10th: Sweet Southern Home
Wednesday, July 11th: The Scarlet Letter
Thursday, July 12th: In the Next Room
Monday, July 16th: Regular Rumination
Tuesday, July 17th: She Treads Softly
Wednesday, July 18th: Book Addict Katie
Thursday, July 19th: Fiction State of Mind
Monday, July 23rd: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, July 24th: Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, July 25th: Ashley Loves Books
Thursday, July 26th: Becky’s Book Reviews
Date TBD: Tuesday, June 5th: Book Drunkard