just finished...

I love the premise: something has happened to the rotation of the earth; days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected. Consequently, every aspect of life on Earth is forced to change--to adapt or die. The birds, the tides, the plants, and the behavior of humans is gradually thrown out of sync. Ultimately it is the coming of age story of Julia, eleven years old when "the slowing" begins.

What I didn't like about the novel is the author's use of retrospect. Because Julia is looking back at the time, some of the innocence and wonder is gone. The language used is not true of an eleven-year-old. But maybe it's supposed to be that way. I just didn't like how it shifted from first person present to first person past. What I did like was the coming of age story--of Julia's struggles to fit in and have friends at school, Julia's navigation of her mother's Slowing Sickness, and Julia's relationship with her father, which was somewhat strained. I didn't particularly bond with many of the characters. Except the grandfather.

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