So I finished The Age Of Miracles last night. Overall, it was easy to read and I didn't find it boring—so two tick marks in the plus column. (Sometimes I get bogged down in really dense books — this was definitely not dense.)
I found it on the new book shelf at my library, which is all adult books, and while The Age Of Miracles was a little bit bleak (not _that_ bleak, really) I kept wondering why it wasn't shelved with the middle grade/young adult books. How do they decide what is YA and what is adult? It definitely did have an interesting voice with the young 11/12 yr old girl narrating, and had an apocalyptic premise (the slowing of the earth's rotation), but there was nothing that bad in it compared to all the dystopian YA fiction out there. Nobody was forced to kill other teenagers ala the Hunger Games.
I would give it 3 stars maybe. I enjoyed it, but it didn't really move me much and I won't be recommending it as a must-read to friends. I might see if my 12 year old would like it, though. I thought that the Barbara Kingsolver book I mentioned above, Flight Behavior, that I just read a couple of weeks ago was more unsettling in terms of our realistic potential future w/ changing the earth and global warming.
Edited by beanma - 2/15/13 at 7:57am