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I had such high hopes!,
This review is from: The Age of Miracles: A Novel (Hardcover)
The premise was really interesting -- the Earth's rotation begins to inexplicably slow -- but the execution itself was just... inexplicably slow. This wasn't a bad story, it just really did not live up to my expectations. The premise could have offered so much more suspense, drama, even horror -- but the main plot centers around a preteen girl coming to terms with her awkwardness and low self esteem. This book should have been offered to a preteen-teen audience. Adults will arrive at the end of the book wondering what the conflict and climax could have possibly been. There's no resolution or conclusion. It seems the author just ran out of pages and quit.
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Initial post: Aug 29, 2012 6:56:10 AM PDT
I thought the same thing. In the beginning, it seemed a very interesting premise, but soon it did really feel like the writing was as flat and lifeless as the birds and trees, and essentially, Julia. While the environmental catastrophe was playing out against Julia's entry into adolescence, it didn't seem to have any impact on her life at all. Her parents' issues and the ups and downs with her friends and classmates could have gone on the very same way without it. There could have been much more to add, but it just focused on Julia, and her emotional nothingness. I also wondered as the book rolled on, not really saying anything new, how it was going to end, but it didn't end. It just stopped.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 9:37:19 AM PST
Completely agree with you. The book was too dull for me to finish.
Posted on Jun 4, 2013 9:04:26 PM PDT
Some of us appreciate a book that allows the reader to speculate what happens after. It allows an optimist to be optimistic, and a realist to think they know. I personally am not satisfied when a book has a clear ending. I'd rather be left wanting more. Sometimes the endings can be unsatisfying/frustrating/too predictable.. This was perfect. Because the point was not to show how our species might die off. It was to make us contemplate the end. It accomplished that. Like that episode of Star Trek Next Gen, The inner light, where Captian Picard is allowed to live a life on a planet amongst a society that died off a thousand years prior. Watch it. The episode and this book are comparable in their purpose.
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