In The Age of Miracles chapters 1-8, the earth’s rotation is beginning to slow, which is known in the novel as the slowing. As far as the scientists and families are concerned, the slowing will continue and the days will keep longer, and the cause as to why it is happening is unknown. From the very start of the slowing, society begins to change, and so does the protagonist, Julia’s, life.
The setting of the book seems to be exactly like present day society, so it is hard to tell if the book is set in the present or the future. The struggles that Julia faces in her everyday life (disregarding the slowing) also seem to be things that young people struggle with and have to face in current society - Best friends moving away, facing bullies, first crushes, and family drama. All of these things are blamed on the slowing, but doesn’t everyone look for an excuse for their problems?
Many changes in society do seem to take place, however, due to the slowing. A huge example is the panic that has spread across the community (and probably all over the rest of the world as well). A lot of people are convinced that it is the end of the world, and are stocking up on all the supplies and goods they can for when it happens. Some are moving away to be with family. Others are trying to convert people to their religion, or become religious so that they might be saved. It’s all kind of strange to me, the chaos, because every human on the face of the earth has wished or hoped for some extra time. Now they have it, but they definitely aren’t happy about it. I guess that’s just the fear of the unknown or the fear of change.
I really don’t know what I would do if I were put in the same circumstances as the people in the book. The idea of the slowing is personally very interesting to me, and I think I wouldn’t really be “scared” more so than thrilled. I like the idea of a little change.
Overall, The Age of Miracles is a very interesting read, and even just from reading the first 8 chapters, I struggle to put the book down. The literature itself I think is great, and I would definitely recommend the book to not only just other scholars, but to anyone capable of reading it.