I found out about this book from Jen Campbell on Youtube. In the video, she and Sanne were giving apocalyptic fiction recommendations. I trust Jen’s recommendations because she recommended “The Beauty” and I ended up loving it as well. Apocalyptic fiction is becoming one of my favorites. “The Age of Miracles” is labeled as an adult book even though the main character is only 11 years old. This book follows Julia through her experience with school, family, and ‘the slowing’ plaguing the earth. The earth’s rotation slows down and we get to see how it affects the earth and those occupying it. All kinds of ripple effects occur with the animals, people getting sick due to the earth’s faulty gravitational pull, and crops because of the lack of sunlight. The people start to panic and react to the long nights and long days.
I flew through this book. I’m a slow reader and it only took me 3 days to read this novel. That is fast for me. The pacing was perfect. It was interesting to see how people changed as the minutes were added to each day. New relationships were created, old relationships died away, and strange behavior ensued. I enjoyed the different characters, even the ones that annoyed me. The author’s obsession with eucalyptus trees was kind of strange. The trees were referenced like on every other page. That became kind of redundant, but other than that this book is a solid 4 stars out of 5.
The narrator of this story is not human. The story is about an alien who is given the assignment to get rid of mathematical information discovered by a human, Professor Andrew Martin. On his quest to dispose of the threatening information he makes a detour into the life of a human being. He has sort of an out of body experience while living the life of a human. You are taken on the journey where he eventually finds beauty, love, and confusion in human life on earth.
The writing is heartfelt and so relatable even though they are the words of an alien. You find yourself laughing out loud, sighing, and having ah-ha moments. It was fun to experience life through an outside source. It caused me to question why we think the way that we do. There are many quotable moments in this book that gave me pause. Quotes, like:
“To be healthy meant to be covered. Clothed. Literally and metaphorically.”
“Some humans not only liked violence but craved it, I realized. Not because they wanted pain, but because they already had pain and wanted to be distracted from that kind of pain with a lesser kind.”
“Love was a way to live forever in a single moment, and it was also a way to see yourself as you had never actually seen yourself, and made you realize –having done so–that this view was a more meaningful one than any of your previous self perceptions and self deceptions.”
By relating to this alien I felt less weird for feeling like I’m not doing well at being a human. Matt Haig captured the feelings of loneliness and wanting to belong very well. I found his philosophies interesting while disagreeing with others. All and all I couldn’t put this book down.
I copped this book from the library. I plan on buying my own copy because there are so many quotes I want to keep and I may even read this one again. If you are interested in love stories, you will love this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t stop thinking about it.
This challenge is called Top 5 Wednesday created by Lainey from Goodreads. So, I’m a day late. Below you will find a list of the books I didn’t finish. It wasn’t always the book’s fault. Here is my list.
5) The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I just didn’t care about the plot or the characters.
4) Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller – I don’t know what I was reading. This may be my fault. I don’t think I’m ready for this type of book. I need to go back to school in order to grasp the concept.
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I have every intention to finish this one. I just started to read another book and then 2 books in I forgot to go back to it. This is on my TBR (to be read) list.
2) Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins- I had to stop reading this book for my own good. My sanity was in question while consuming this book.
1) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- I simply adore Chimamanda. I learned about her when I saw her on TED talk. I found the “We Should All Be Feminists” TED talk to be awesome. So, it pains my heart to admit that this book started off on a good note and mid way through I hated every word. This book is pretentious and haughty. And, it was too long. Jouelzy gave a really good review of “Americanah.” Check it out here.