The way we grow

In chapters 26-34 the book begins to wrap up and the "tsunami" that was referred to several times throughout the story. Julius grandfather is found dead in his fallout shelter. Seth develops worst symptoms of the syndrome and moves to mexico. Sylvia moves away. The final chapter is Julia talking about where she is now, many years in the future.

    One of the biggest themes in The Age of Miracles is that sometimes situations force you to grow up. In the beginning of the novel Julia said “Maybe everything that happened to me and to my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess.” Her saying this is very important because it’s written after everything happens, when she's reflecting and asking questions about everything that happened. She says it from a wiser and questioning standpoint.

    In the novel they refer to the segregation between the real timers and the people on the 24-hour system. The main character Julia wasn’t sure how to feel about the real timers so when people talked about them she often said nothing. I think this is one of the many things that socially impacted the characters. The novel also talks about how the slowing has changed the decisions people made, I think any time there's catastrophe people tend to do radical things. The effects of this catastrophe were not due to excessive light.

    When Julia meets Seth she becomes very wrapped up in her relationship with him and spending time with him. This impacts how she handles her dad and how she relates to the slowing. She thinks about what the earth will look like when humans die. She starts to question herself as she gets older. She thinks about the world through a different perspective than she did when she was in 6th grade.

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