Sunday, October 7, 2012

the unknown still outweighs the known

After seeing this book on nearly every reading list, I finally finished The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. It's a debut novel in adult fiction... but I think a cross over into Teen and Young Adult Fiction is certain. It's the perfect book to read together with your teen.

The Age of Miracles is an unforgettable story about coming of age in absolutely extraordinary times... the Earth is slowing. It's about people getting on with life amid profound uncertainty... it's the ordinary mixed beautifully with the extraordinary consequences. 

It's a must read for anyone who loves science and life and love and grace.

Here are some of my favorite bits:
Later, I would come to think of those first days as the time when we learned as a species that we had worried over the wrong things.
And who knows how fast a second-guess can travel? Who has ever measured the exact speed of regret?
How much sweeter life would be if it all happened in reverse, if, after decades of disappointments, you finally arrived at an age when you had conceded nothing, when everything was possible.
And yet, the unknown still outweighed the known. 

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