In chapters 17-25 of The Age of Miracles has a very interesting start. Julia and her mother are in a car accident, her mother had a fainting episode and accidently hit a man. Because of the accident Julia's mom is very distraught for the next few chapters. As the chapters continue Julia's friend Gabby (in 6th grade) decides to run away with a guy she met on the internet to a colony of real timers. Julia tells Gabby's mother and Gabby is brought home. Julia then goes to a friends birthday, Michae
In chapter 22 of The Age of Miracles Gabby is brought home from the real timers colony, her and Julia have a conversation. "I'm going back there someday" (Gabby said in reference to the Circadia). Julia describes how Gabby now seems different "A knew knowingness had seeped into her voice." The Gabby continues "It's hard to explain, but Circadia is like one of those places, you know, what do you call it? A utopia? Everyone's totally mellow. And they treat you like an adult. No one cares what you look like or what you wear." This conversation truly shows one of the main themes of The Age of Miracles, the confusion and naivete of youth. As more experience people know, utopia's don't exist. There will never be a place where everyone is genuinely in complete happiness. By Gabby calling the Circadia a utopia it exaggerates how ignorant and inexperienced she is.
There are several external and internal forces that impact how Julia makes decision throughout the novel. Shes at an age where she's turning into a teenager so the hormones in her body are changing and she wants to do more rebellious things and she starts lying. She also starts having crushes. Julia then finds out her father is cheating on her mother, this makes her feel even more segregated. She is growing up in a time of catastrophe, where everyday is uncertain. This is bound to have an impact on young people, because most of the time young people view their future as bright with unlimited possibility but Julia believes she has little or no future.
The author uses a lot of metaphor to create imagery for the reader, in moderation this can be a very effective technique, however I think it is a little over used in this novel. For the first three quarters of the book the author refers to the coming "flood" an overwhelming amount of times. I think the author could have avoided saying this a few times to help the build up, when something is repeated to much it looses it's shock. The author also uses regular activities to write very deep and thought provoking ideas, this is very effective and makes the reader think. All together, I believe the author could have used less foreshadowing, but I did enjoy the pockets of profound thought.