It is the things you don’t prepare for that do the most damage, this is the lesson of the Age of Miracles. It isn’t Nuclear war, or social revolution that begins the destruction of the human race. The earth is slowed down, knocked off of its Axis and the rotation gradually starts slowing. The story doesn’t deal with why, it’s just a few months in the life of a young girl who has to deal with it.
It’s about how life goes on after a traumatic event. In the Hollywood adaptation, I’m sure the story becomes them trying to stop the slowing, or reverse it, but in this the story is simply about living. In this way, the story is very refreshing piece of new fiction, though the lack of any great event left me feeling a little empty. There was no sense of closure, I just walked in, saw these things going on and then walked out.
I don’t get the sense that life really goes on; I don’t get the sense that it is about to end for the human race. I suppose that makes the novel true to life, life goes on.
One thing I thought was weak about the book is that it deals almost exclusively with how the days growing longer affects the human race and their psychology, the psychology of having forty hour nights isn’t dealt with very much at all, or course she’s a middle school bookworm, had this been the story of a high schooler, or college student I’m sure the night would’ve had more to offer.