Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.Ro, a single high-school teacher, is ...

Details Red Clocks

TitleRed Clocks
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFiction, Feminism, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Red Clocks

  • Emily May
    I guess we can probably expect more of these weird feminist(?) dystopias in the wake of The Handmaid's Tale's Hulu series. Between this and the superhero-movie-turned-superhero-book trend, you can pretty much predict the new book trends based on what's popular on the big and small screens.Here, Zumas imagines a United States where the Personhood Amendment gives rights to unborn embryos, outlawing abortion and IVF (because said embryos cannot give...
  • Lotte
    Red Clocks can be described as a dystopian novel, but it feels entirely contemporary. Instead of creating a far-off dystopian society, Leni Zumas picks up on trends in our current political climate and thinks them through. What are the consequences of making abortion illegal in the US? How does a woman trying to have a baby on her own navigate a world in which in vitro fertilization is banned and only married couples are allowed to adopt? Where d...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    All sorts of things are all over the place. I'm supposed to decipher it? Really? Overall this didn't feel like a readable material. At all. DNF. I don't want to torture myself with it anymore. It's probably very forward and front-looking and experimental and feminist and corresponds to a bunch of other buzz-words, still it's incomprehensible. It's like a bunch of books got intermixed along with some other material, probably (including oversized t...
  • Ron Charles
    “Red Clocks” might sound like a dystopian novel, but plenty of conservative politicians are plotting to make it a work of nonfiction. In fact, the author, Leni Zumas, has said that she drew the most frightening details of her story’s misogynistic world from “actual proposals” by men who are currently in control of our government.Such is the state of affairs in the early 21st century. Feminist writers of speculative fiction don’t need ...
  • Emily
    I could go on, and on, and on, and on about this book, but really the most important thing I can say is that this is now an all-time favorite. It is absolutely brilliant, and I expect to see it not only on "Best Books of the Year" lists, but also "Best Books of the Decade." It's that good.We follow five different women whose lives interweave in a small coastal town in Oregon. Their world, though very similar to our own, has passed a "Personhood A...
  • Jenna
    This novel about very different women making hard personal choices and finding ways to persevere on their own terms, whatever those may be, is maybe the most healing and hopeful thing I've read since the election.
  • Janelle
    RED CLOCKS by Leni Zumas - Thank you so much to Little, Brown and Company for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. This novel is outstanding! I have not read another book like this. Yes, it’s feminist—in the sense that these women rule their own lives within the confines of the law. Yes, it’s dystopian—in the sense that these same laws are not in effect in the United States today. But, this story was the most realistic dystop...
  • Jessica
    How weird to be reading this book on my least-favorite commuting day of the year, when the annual March for Life is held in DC and I have to resist the urge to yell at people to get the eff out of my way on the Metro. This is getting billed as a dystopian novel to cash in on Handmaid hysteria, but it's really not that much of a stretch from our current environment, given that abortion access is being so severely curtailed in many states. The lead...
  • Katie
    Red Clocks is a quietly dystopian novel. There has been no war, no plague, no machine gunning down of the senate. Instead, the world Zumas creates is eerily similar to our own. All that has changed is a pro-life government signed a bill into law while the majority of the country sat at home and thought it could never happen. Sound familiar? Uncomfortable yet? Red Clocks feels eerily possible and that possibility is the novel’s strength. Specula...
  • Emma
    I can see why this is getting so much coverage after the recent tv success of The Handmaid's Tale coinciding with a veritable flood of news coverage that has highlighted the position of women as second class citizens all over the world. Inevitably, books which use this kind of near-future/dystopia to address contemporary issues, eg The Power, are going to be the next big thing. The problem is that that's how this book feels, like it was written a...
  • Shelby
    A few months ago, I read about this upcoming title and had to have it immediately. Luckily through NetGalley I received an ARC. This book is definitely worth the hype and I hope its popularity continues to grow exponentially. Due to the subject matter, Red Clocks is reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale and other dystopian feminist works; male-supremacist legislation, reversal of Roe v. Wade, illegal abortions, etc. Yet, Zumas succeeds at writing an...
  • Rachel
    Damn, I really wanted to love this book. The premise is obviously timely and appropriate, and the book had a lot of hype. But I just didn't care for it. The unnamed character thing seemed unnecessary. It reminded me of Annihilation - four women characters, all unnamed (I can hear the conversation now: "Hey! Instead of a BIOLOGIST, let's have your main character be a BIOGRAPHER!") and I really hope having a bunch of unnamed women characters is not...
  • Trudie
    Well, I am going to admit I was a little skeptical of this book going in. Any book that draws comparisons to The Handmaids Tale is bound to come off second best in my experience. Last years "female dystopia" de jour The Power just didn't do it for me, so I was a little worried for Red Clocks.However, I needn't have worried, Red Clocks is a beautifully written, gloriously weird and at times funny character study of five women. This world that Zuma...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    You may also find this review on Books, Vertigo and Tea.Following the lives of 4 women & a side character, Red Clocks presents a dystopian setting that explores the loss of women’s reproductive rights through a very unique narration that gradually exposes the varying impacts within society. Misogynistic politicians have made abortion and in vitro fertilization illegal with the enactment of the Personhood Amendment, going as far to charge lab te...
  • Juana
    I have many gripes about this book. I'll just the name the few that I couldn't get past.I chose this book (Book of the Month) because the premise of the book sounded very interesting to me. The book is an "easy read" in a sense but that's only because you want to know what happens to certain characters. I realized early on the author may have been trying to convince people to think how she personally feels about certain subjects and politics. If ...
  • Brittany
    Thank you to Goodreads/author for giving me this book for review. Unfortunately, I have been very let down by this book. It's so, boring. Not exciting at all. The writing is just so all over the place. This book feels like it belongs on a required reading list at school and I didn't like any of those books. I tried pushing through I really really tried because I wanted to like this book. It seemed very intriguing and definitely something I would ...
  • Kirsten
    this book wrecked me. i wanted to read it over again immediately.
  • Samantha Colwell
    Review from Hello Yellow Room Feels like: The Handmaid's Tale, lite.Sounds like: "Raw" by Singrid Listen Here / 2018 HELLO YELLOW REVIEWS Playlist This is the kind of book that speaks better for itself than any review I could possibly give it. Red Clocks by the undeniably talented Leni Zumas is told in the echo of women's struggles over the ownership of our own bodies. It is told in the aftermath of a country which prohibits autonomy and au...
  • Tammy
    This is not my usual genre but I heard a lot of buzz and decided to give it a try. I loved it! The story was very relevant in today's time
  • Aerin
    Red Clocks examines some of the ways women navigate the question of whether and how and with whom to have children - and the entitlement society feels to comment on, interfere with, and constrain these inherently private choices. Each of the book’s five protagonists are compelled to sacrifice pieces of their sanity and dignity in pursuit of simple self-determination.The novel is set in a near-future version of the United States, where the newly...
  • Book Pairings (Laci Long)
    Dare I say it, I believe this novel will make my Best of 2018 list. Despite a bit of a slow start, I loved this novel and didn’t want it to end. The novel is told from the differing perspectives of four women, although you could argue there are five. This made it feel disjointed at first until I got into a groove with it, but once I did I devoured this beauty. The story is set in a small town in Oregon in the near-future where these four women ...
  • Michelle Morrell
    In the vein of The Handmaid's Tale, this book postulates a future where a conservative movement has outlawed abortion, single parent adoptions, and in vitro fertilization, anything that tries to circumvent "God's will" towards birth and parenthood. We follow four women all circling around this issue, trying to make their way in a society where they are slowly but surely being repressed back into being nothing more than their reproductive organs.E...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“Everyone wants charms, but thirty-two years on earth have convinced the mender charms are purely for show.”In this novel, abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned and soon single people won’t be allowed to adopt. The Personhood Ammendment grants rights to embryos (that cannot possibly give permission to be born) and desperate women seek help, anywhere they can. For some, it is...
  • Robyn
    Five women’s stories, interwoven by life in a small Oregon coastal town in a near-future world where the US has banned abortion and IVF, and restricted adoption to couples only. Beautifully written, beautifully real.
  • Danielle
    This book is a dystopian look at a future America where abortion is once again illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and adoptions will only be granted to married parents. The book is about 4 Oregon women who navigate these barriers. Ro is a single woman trying to have a baby on her own. Susan is a frustrated mother of two. Mattie is a 15-year old girl who ends up pregnant with very few options. Gin is a lone-wolf "mender". This book was ver...
  • Mary
    I didn’t love this. Interesting, timely concept, but the disjointed and trendy writing style didn’t really work for me. Some of the characters were annoying (The Wife’s husband and his friend) and some were almost indistinguishable from each other (The Biographer and The Wife). Plus, there was an emotional distance that kept the impact of the new laws from fully being realized, at least in my mind. I was expecting to feel horrified and angr...
  • Mike W
    Three stars = “I liked it”. It was a rewarding reading experience as I was bouncing around in the brains of characters who think about things that have never crossed my mind. As an aside, I would love to have explained to me by any of my wise friends the connection of a matriarch with an understanding of the earth and its plants and herbs. I see this in so many novels (Jesmyn award, Toni Morrison most recently among my own reading). This one ...