"The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker could be classified as science fiction but reads more like a contemporary coming of age novel. It's an interesting combination and an interesting concept. Her story depicts what happens when the Earth's rotation suddenly begins to slow down and a young girl begins to grow up.
This natural catastrophe is narrated by 12-year-old Julia. Her world is changing on a grand scale and a personal one. Her calm and realistic perspective keeps the pages turning even when the world isn't.
Sometimes the rapid pace of our lives makes us wish the world would just slow down. This is a tale of what happens when it does.
--Laura S., Sachs Branch