Advance reader reviews of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

The Age of Miracles

A Novel

By Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2012,
    288 pages.

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  • Alexandra S. (Chicago, IL)


    Miraculous
    From start to finish, I found this book riveting. The Age of Miracles tells the story of young girl coming of age right as the world as we know it, ceases to exist. The impossible becomes possible and rotation of the earth begins to slow, days become longer, nights become colder, the laws of gravity fail us and all through these miraculous times, Julia still experiences the normal growing pains of a young girl. The lose of friendships, her first crush, buying a bra and everything in between.

    The world around Julia may be changing, but her story is timeless.

    The Age of Miracles is a fantastic read and I look forward to reading more books from Ms. Walker
  • Melissa Y. (Knoxville, TN)


    It captured me on the very first page....
    A beautiful book. It captured me on the very first page as it realistically captured the normal insecurities of an eleven year old girl and her fears in dealing with a world falling apart. As the earth's rotation slows, the events of everyday life are no longer certain. The things she could always count on are no longer so. Not only is it easy to draw parallels with the world in which we are all living, the sequence of events in the book all seem entirely feasible. While reading I found myself feeling that I was in the altered world in which the characters lived.

    I started reading the book on a Saturday morning and did not put it down until I finished. The story unfolds in a way that makes it easy to see how these events could happen. I found myself thinking about the book long after I finished. A sure sign of a great book.
  • Linda P. (MEDFORD, WI)


    What If?
    Something is terribly wrong. Everything that you took for granted can no longer be counted on. The narrator is 11, dealing with middle school issues, and something too terrible to contemplate. The writing is flawless. This author is someone to return to. The subject makes you think---what if? I highly recommend this novel for YA & adults.
  • Beverly J. (Huntersville, NC)


    Coming-of-age in Extraordinary Times
    This promising debut novel explores the textures of daily life in a time of a time of unanticipated disaster of the earth’s rotation slowing. While there were many things I liked about this book – the premise of the rotation of the earth suddenly slowing on a daily basis and the related consequences, lyrical writing, great pacing, and brilliant voice/tone, this was just an okay read for me. I attribute this to being a lover of speculative fiction, and wanted more on the speculative fiction side and less on the coming-of-age side. I would recommend this book to adult and young adult readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories as the unique voice will captivate this audience.
  • Kristen H. (Hagerstown, MD)


    Lengthening of Days
    The Age of Miracles was an intense book that grabbed you at the beginning and kept you tuned in to the last page. The story is told from the viewpoint of a 12 yr. old girl and what changes she encounters and has to deal with. I would recommend this book to book clubs as this would be a great book to discuss.
  • Linda W. (San Ardo, CA)


    The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
    Humans are complacent when it concerns the way our earth spins and rotates on it's axis.
    When something causes the earth's rotation to slow down, days get longer, tides change, the force of gravity changes and environment is drastically altered.
    This is what happens in The Age of Miracles.
    The books voice is Julia, a sixth grade girl. She, and her parents live in southern California, near the ocean. She is the only child of her doctor father and housewife mother. This book details how this catastrophe affected their lives.
    It is a coming-of-age story
    The author does a great job of making the characters real and the writing is well done.
    The story pulls you in and keeps you reading.
    This book would make a great movie.
  • Judy C. (Brooksville, FL)


    The Age of Miracles
    This book is well-written, and would be appealing to adolescent readers. The protagonist is a young teenage girl who grapples with teen issues (like fitting in, first love, and family conflict) amid a cataclysmic earthly event. The plot held my attention, and there were sufficient surprises to keep my interest. The writing is conversational, and the plot is complex enough to invite thought. The writing style is consistent with young adult novelists like William Sleator.
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