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review 2015-12-07 23:38
Deja Vu All Over Again
And Again: A Novel - Jessica Chiarella
Lock In - John Scalzi
Old Man's War - John Scalzi
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

And Again finds a group of 4 people just as they are emerging from the first stages of an experimental medical procedure that will implant their memories into cloned, genetically perfect, replica bodies. As part of the SUBlife program that provided each person an out from terminal illness, they are required to come together for weekly group therapy sessions, and it is through these sessions, as well as each character’s commentary, that we follow their re-entry into a society that had, in some cases, already made peace with those same characters’ deaths.


And Again shares the cloned bodies—transferred memories conceit with some of John Scalzi’s books, most recently Lock In, as well as the Old Man’s War series. It shares the tweaked perspective of a relatively normal world with Age of Miracles.

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text 2015-08-24 11:31
Dystopia As A Metaphor For Adolescence
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

The Age Of Miracles is a coming of age story set in a near-future in which the earth's spin has begun to slow, leading to a gradual unravelling of society as crops become harder to grow and the earth's magnetic field begins to deteriorate.

 

However, the emphasis is not so much on the disaster as on the emotional life of Julia, the teenager narrator, who has to deal with exactly the same problems that all adolescents face but against a backdrop of slow-motion global catastrophe. People's behaviour - including her own - begins to change as they adjust to the new reality:

 

'We took more risks. Desires were less checked. Temptation was harder to resist. Some of us made decisions we might not otherwise have made.'

 

It is hard to concentrate on school, harder still to believe in the future. Her best friend, a Mormon, takes off with her family to Utah to live in a purpose-built complex and await the end of the world. Her parents' marriage seems to be collapsing.

 

Julia takes refuge in an all-consuming relationship with a boy from school and together they wander through their stricken world finding a precarious happiness as the situation around them grows gradually more hopeless.

 

Although this is a disaster story, it's really all about the everyday. This is dystopia as a metaphor for adolescence and it's beautifully done. The voice of the teenage narrator is pitch-perfect. The tone is sweetly poignant. It's an accomplished debut.

 

 

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review 2014-09-02 15:30
Review - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

When I started this I thought I was going to get some kind of Apocalyptic End of the World type story but I can't really say that's how it turned out. It's more a coming of age type story with a bit of monumental planetary change in the background.

It's a very good story and it's very well written, this lady can definitely tell a great story. It's just not what I was expecting. I thought the title was referring to an Age as a period in time but now I'm wondering if it's a reference to the chronological age of the narrator.

The narrator is 11 year old Julia and she tells her story mostly from a point in the future as she looks back on what happened when the Earth stopped rotating. What we never find out is 'why' it happened. I'm not sure if it's because Julia is/was 11 and just wasn't concerned with the 'why's' but it was a little frustrating to only get some of the picture.

Mostly it's about growing up, first love, transitioning into adulthood and dealing with pre-teen issues...with a backdrop of potential apocalypse. If it were just a straightforward coming of age tale I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. It's a great story but I was in it for the End Of The World and seeing that side of things play out were what kept me going.

Very well done and scarily believable. Overall I really liked it and would recommend it..

 

 

*Note - I was sent a copy of this by the publisher*

 

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This finish gets me 384 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 80,605/1,000,000

 

 

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...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'B' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'B' is for Bathing Suit

 

 

 

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The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
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