‘It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophies are always different – unimagined, unprepared for, unknown…’ What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an eleven-year-old girl, grappling with emotional changes in her own life..? One morning, Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this is almost beyond comprehension. And yet, even if the world is, in fact, coming to an end, as some assert, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, facing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, on the community, on her family and on herself. (Taken from Goodreads)
This book looked promising and at first it seemed like it was going to be a really good read. However I soon got bored with the plot, it felt like the same situation was being repeated over and over again. Certain aspects of the novel were dragged out and situations could have been resolved a lot faster than they were.
My favourite aspect of the book was the tension building by the author especially in the first half of the book. When exactly like the characters , the reader did not know what was going to happen next.
Another enjoyable aspect of the book was that life kept going even though the world as we know it was ending. Normal adolescent issue were present throughout the novel and I felt like this helped to keep the novel real. In the back of my mind was always the question of would I keep going on with a normal life, if I was presented with this situation in my lifetime?
Overall this was a very enjoyable debut novel, that I recommend is on everyone’s tbr pile this year.