The Age of Miracles (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Age of Miracles (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Karen Thompson Walker
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The Age of Miracles 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 298 reviews.
Myzeri More than 1 year ago
One of the most engrossing books I've read in years, The Age of Miracles tells the story of the end of the innocence and blind faith of childhood against the background of our world on the edge of extinction. As the world begins to crumble and deteriorate around us, so does Julia's childhood, and a haunting story of the inevitability of loss unfolds. This is a a fabulous display from a prmising new author.
insatiable22 More than 1 year ago
I loved the voice the author gave to Julia throughout the book. I found all of the characters relatable and full of depth. The story wows you as it weaves it's depictions of the huge catastrophe happening outside into the every day mundane. I found myself looking at my world a little differently as I read. I would definitely recommend! My only critique is the ending. I was left wanting a more concrete answer, but as the good books often do, I found myself having to guess at what the future for these characters would hold.
kitmccat More than 1 year ago
loved, loved this book. Could not put it down - finished it in a day. I look forward to more from this author
DeeDeeWillis More than 1 year ago
fantastic book. makes you see the world in a new way. highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An extremely well-written piece. Mrs. Walker was able to make Julia into someone I cared about on the rare level of greats like Stephen King. All of Julia's hopes, triumphs, and heartbreaks resonate from the pages, culminating in the most distinct message we all hope to leave when we are in that same point in our lives, and beyond. The book ended quickly, but appropriately, and I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't realize I was near the end until a mere ten or so pages from it. An excellent debut novel, I look forward to more releases from Mrs. Walker.
carlycar More than 1 year ago
This book lured me in from start to finish.  It's one of those books that takes you to another place, and you feel like you actually live in its setting and know its characters on a personal level.  I also enjoyed this new idea of the end of the world -- the slowing of its rotation.  It engrossed me simply because it's a fresh idea that hasn't been over-done by other means of media and entertainment.  The only problem I had with the book was its ending -- to me, it didn't feel resolved.   But, I didn't dwell on that too much because regardless of its ending, it was such a powerful book that had me in its grip all the way through.  Read it!  You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book and all the characters! I finished it in 2 days! It's so full of suspense, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would happen if the earth's rotation progressively slowed? As seen through the eyes of a lonely 12 year old who watches as things fall apart both on the outside and at home. At 225 pages a brisk, engaging read which makes the unimageable quite real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Read it in a day. Can't stop thinking about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a review that said this book is "science fiction, but not" and that really sums it up well. I loved it, though the ending seemed a bit tacked on and rushed..still, it's a small quibble and doesn't at all detract from the rest of the novel.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Full of suspense. Was sorry to see it end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would happen if the world slowed down its rotation? How would that impact our everyday life? The story of first love makes the loss and sadness even more real. A wonderful summer book. Very thought-provoking and touching.
Ravenseye_3 More than 1 year ago
Told from the view of an 11 year old girl going through the aches and pains of puberty, greatly compliments the changing of the planet. This book is scientifically well founded and you can tell if you watch as much Science Channel as I do. This is a great book club book! Please read it and help support this author!
SiennaMA More than 1 year ago
I found the book very engrossing if somewhat disturbing. While the reason for the planet's demise was left unanswered it painted a haunting picture of what could happen to our planet if we continue to treat it poorly. Really liked the characters. I felt the end came a little abruptly but not jarringly so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick read from an intriguing point of view. I enjoyed it very much & would read more from this author in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really goid read fir the summer not so much about tge end of the world and more about the end of innocence of childhiod
whoficwriter More than 1 year ago
The story was an engrossing one but it ended with a disappointing fizzle. It left me crying for at least some kind of explanation or denouement. Perhaps a sequel is in the works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a good read. Finished it in two days!
Brittany5704 More than 1 year ago
I am honestly not even sure where to begin with this review. The Age of Miracles is as quotable as a John Green book - but I was over halfway through it before I realized that I still hadn't decided whether or not I actually liked the book. My initial impression is that it seems as though Walker was trying to write a coming-of-age story, but added a sci-fi element to it to make it more unique. The story is told from Julia's perspective through first-person narration. It's also told as though the narrator is living at some point in the future - but the reader doesn't learn until the end from how far into the future Julia is remembering the time. Something unusual about the book is that, like the characters in Julia's world, the reader can't keep up with the timeline of events. Walker's ambiguous writing style ensures readers are unable to discern exactly how much time has passed from one moment to the next - until Julia gives us a reference point. It left me with the feeling that the book covered much more time than it actually did - which made the pacing too slow. I did like The Age of Miracles. The story could have used some adult input, though my guess is it wasn't done because the author would have had to explain more about what was going on in the world. The Age of Miracles, more than anything, is a book that will make you think - about science, about humans, about everything that lives on this planet. As you can see from my indecision about how much I liked it - it has certainly made me think. [And Google, if I'm completely honest. It's been a while since I've taken a science course.] I generally enjoy books that make me think more about the world and "what if" scenarios. For that reason, this book rated higher than it would have otherwise. I can see this book being placed on recommended reading lists in schools as it would facilitate science lectures and discussions. It will likely inspire questions as to the accuracy of how a similar, real-life situation would play out.
halfbloodprincess55 More than 1 year ago
I heard this book was one of the best of the year. I wouldn't go quite that far but I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read. Anyone who is up for a story, through the eyes of a 11 year old girl, at the cusp of a disaster. A disaster which nobody knows exactly what is happening or what will happen. You should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and if the ending had been stronger, I would have given 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Just finished it and can't get it out of my mind. I was sad when it ended. I wanted to find out more about Julia's life. It was meloncholy and beautiful. It made me realize how we take our beautiful world for granted. I thank God every time I walk out the door and everyrhing is normal!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting right up to the end. I guess there is not a way to really end this story. But it seems that all this could happen and makrs me want to appreciate my life and the world as it is so much more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story ! Must admit.... a little disturbing, really stays with you. Should make for an interesting movie.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I cannot find one redeeming quality about this book. The story begins with the earth having more minutes in the day, and the set times and periods of the day run amiss. The story centers on an eleven year old girl, Julia, and her family and friends, as people feel the end of time draws near. The story line is tedious and mundane. Nothing could compel me to finish the book.