The Age of Miracles is
a unique book, the narrator is an older version of the main character Julia
looking back on her middle school years when things change. What makes it
different is that it’s not just her world changing but everyone’s. The Earth’s
rotation has started to slow. Days and nights stretch longer and longer eventually
reaching upwards of sixty hours each. A long drawn out ending of the world.
The science in this book is basically non-existent. The
addition of it could have made the book a much more interesting read. That’s
not to say that it isn’t a good book. Give the science a pass and enjoy it for
the coming of age story it is.
The writing is eloquent and there are many quotable bits. My
favorite passage refers to the title of the book:
"This was middle
school, the age of miracles, the time when kids shot up three inches over the
summer, when breasts bloomed from nothing, when voices dipped and dove. Our
first flaws were emerging, but they were being corrected. Blurry vision could
be fixed invisibly with the magic of contact lenses. Crooked teeth were pulled
straight with braces. Spotty skin could be chemically cleared. Some girls were
turning beautiful. A few boys were growing tall. I knew I still looked like a
According to IMDB there is a movie adaptation in the works.
“Maybe everything that happened to me and to my family
had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It's possible, I guess. But I
doubt it. I doubt it very much.” Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles
is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change,
the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an
extraordinary time. On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover
that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and
nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds,
the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray.
In a world of danger and loss, Julia faces surprising developments in
herself, and her personal world—divisions widening between her parents,
strange behavior by Hannah and other friends, the vulnerability of first
love, a sense of isolation, and a rebellious new strength. With
crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen
Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking story of people finding ways to
go on, in an ever-evolving world. -Amazon Description
I have always liked carnivorous plants from the day I was introduced to venus fly traps in elementary school. My favorites are the hanging pitcher plants also known as monkey cups. So named because monkeys will drink the rainwater collected in the cups. Photographer Joni Niemela he turns his macro lens to the Sundew plant and creates beautiful alien images.
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I had been reading another book when someone returned Positive by David Wellington to the
library. The other book I was reading wasn’t a bad book, it was interesting but
it did not have me in a hurry to get back to it. When I realized David
Wellington was also the author of the Monster
Zombie series I returned the other book and dove into Positive.
I had read the Monster
Zombie series around 2008 during a zombie themed book binge. While I couldn’t
remember the exact storylines I remember rushing home to read them and
generally enjoying them. Also book three, Monster
Planet had a simple but scary cover.
Simple but scary cover.
One thing I really enjoyed about Positive is the way David Wellington wrote it, the writing kept
feeling like a YA book (the protagonist is around 19) and then bam smacked with
adult level terrible things. The story moves quickly never getting stuck or
comfortable in a place or situation to long. The zombies are a bit of a
backseat horror other people are the true horror drivers in this book. You know
what you are going to get from a zombie but it is not that easy to predict what
horrors other people are going to inflict.
Positive is a
great mix of fun and horror.
“In the bestselling
vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera
and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining
page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.
Anyone can be positive
. . .
The tattooed plus sign
on Finnegan's hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could
explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster.
His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the
potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an
incident, he'll be cleared.
Until then, Finn must
go to a special facility for positives, segregated from society to keep the
healthy population safe. But when the military caravan transporting him is
attacked, Finn becomes separated. To make it to safety, he must embark on a
perilous cross-country journey across an America transformed—a dark and
dangerous land populated with heroes, villains, madmen, and hordes of zombies.
And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may
be his fellow humans.
Mad Max Beyond
Thunderdome meets World War Z and I Am Legend in this thrilling tale that has
it all: a compelling story, great characters, and explosive action, making
Positive the ultimate zombie novel of our time.” Amazon Description