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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Kirsten
    this book wrecked me. i wanted to read it over again immediately.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Claire Fuller
    Really enjoyable and thought-provoking read about five women in a version of the United States where abortion and IVF are banned, and all adoptions must be by couples (which doesn't seem so far from reality). The story ticked over quickly, and I found the structure very easy to get into (many short sections - some of which are about an Icelandic explorer). All of them find the courage to stand up for what they want, rather than agreeing to what t...
  • Kim
    Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.4 1/2 StarsRed Clocks is a speculative fiction/dystopian novel that also reads like a horror story. It shows us a reality that is potentially in our not too distant future and that scares the heck out of me. While I thought the first few chapters were a little disjointed, I wound up ultimately loving the author’s writing style. It’s a thou...
  • Betty
    Review coming soon.
  • Hanna
    I've never quite understood what it meant for someone's writing to be "lyrical" and then I picked up an ARC of Red Clocks and suddenly knew. Leni Zumas tells the stories of five different women (4 primarily) with beautiful prose. We follow the trials of a young girl seeking an abortion in a world where abortion is illegal & dangerous, a woman on the quest to have children when in vitro fertilization is illegal & folks aren't allowed to adopt with...
  • Chelsea Bieker
    This book. Read this book. Not only is it a terrifying glimpse of our current and future political times (women's reproductive rights completely taken away) it's a layered, intense portrayal of women and the demands society places on them. But it's also the most beautiful innovative writing you could hope to read, every line, every description a surprise. I have loved Zumas' other works as well, and this is no exception. I read it in a single sit...
  • 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...
  • Lisa Wolf
    The hype, the comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale, and the "dystopian" label are all misleading. Red Clocks has a frightening premise: a US very like our own, but with the newly passed Personhood Amendment, conception is defined by law as starting at birth. Abortions and in vitro fertilization are illegal. Women who miscarry are forced to hold funeral services. Seeking an abortion can land a woman in prison. With this political scenario as the bac...
  • Taryn
    Writer/reader mismatch! I couldn't get past the writing style and the general grossness (the freezer aunt and the pubic hair did me in). I didn't like Lincoln on the Bardo for similar reasons, so grain of salt! :) Review to come.
  • Katharine
    I had a copy of this book for a couple months before I finally picked it up, I only wish I'd read it sooner. Red Clocks tells of a harrowing future, one that feels eerily close and all too possible. With short, powerful chapters, Zumas tells the story of five women and the impact of the Personhood Amendment, a law that governs women's bodies to an extreme (a very real extreme). I flew through this book, both eager and terrified to find out what h...
  • Lorna (fictionalflowerday)
    Red Clocks by Leni Zumas was such a wow for me. Not only were its contents incredibly relevant to today's political climate, but it was wonderfully written. I got the chills multiple times while reading this book. Not because it was a thriller, but because the political climate in this novel was something I could picture happening soon. I read about each amendment and found myself setting down the book to take a deep breath and hope that the pol...
  • Tim
    "Woke up one morning to a president-elect she hadn't voted for. This man thought women who miscarried should pay for funerals for the fetal tissue and thought a lab technician who accidentally dropped an embryo during in vitro transfer was guilty of manslaughter."To classify Red Clocks by Leni Zumas as dystopian does not seem accurate. To me, it was a somewhat realistic look into the very near future where Anti-Abortionists have worked on taking ...