The age of miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House, 2012)
As the world starts to look more and more like the dystopias imagined in the previous century, the line between traditional fiction and science fiction is blurring. In this novel, the sun suddenly slows down in its rotation, making every day longer. Within a year, the day is over 40 hours long. Soon there are solar storms, the earth’s magnetic field develops holes, and the Earth develops an urgent need for a good back-up planet. Yet, the story centers on a normal middle school girl, attempting to lead an ordinary life (puberty even) in the midst of end-of-the-world catastrophe. You will find yourself wondering if someday you will be nostalgic for daily showers and air conditioning too.