I was electrified and elfshot by this novel, from almost the very first page - I finished the entire book in one fell swoop. Seeing the end of the world from the point of view of a normal, everyday eleven year old pubescent girl with the same problems as other girls (family problems, popularity problems, adolescent love problems) was a neat, intriguing device. The drip, drip, dripping into the novel of mild dismay and discomfort, then anxiety and finally wide-eyed horror ( the psychological variety rather than the zombies eating brains variety) is what keeps you reading on - it's the end of the world as we know it, and everyone is pretending to feel fine, but the reader knows what lurks beneath, that bad things are going to happen, and you keep trucking on, wanting to know if anything can be done to stop it. Short but definitely not sweet. But also not a typical dystopia either.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A white knuckle cross between science fiction and YA angst, with a touch of dystopia thrown in (although not, I think believe, published for a teen audience). These aren't Hunger Games type shenanigans though - rather, the main character is a normal everyday eleven year old pubescent girl, with lots of typical problems (popularity, parents, a boy), and one big problem - the world's rotation is slowing down for some unexplained reason, and all life on earth is essentially ending. The plot device of using the eleven year old's mostly self centered eyes to describe the endtimes is literarily innovative and interesting. Walker's slow drip, drip, dripping into this bildungsroman of at first mild dismay and discomfort followed by anxiety and finally horror (of the psychological variety, not the zombies eating brains variety) is what keeps you wide-eyed and horrified, unable to put the book down, wanting to know what happens next. It's the end of the world as we know it, but you the reader know that things are probably not going to be fine.
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