Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

Hazards of Time Travel

An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates“Time travel” — and its hazards—are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America — “Wainscotia,...

Details Hazards of Time Travel

TitleHazards of Time Travel
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Time Travel

Reviews Hazards of Time Travel

  • Paromjit
    Joyce Carol Oates writes a fascinating multilayered, and complex dystopian novel that raises the spectre of totalitarian, controlling and heavy surveillance societies such as that of Big Brother in Orwell's 1984 and the in vogue Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale with Trump as the US president. In a world where dissent is not tolerated, where obedience and conformity is expected and people disappear, 17 year old protagonist, Adriane Stohl, is ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Well, this is weird! As a huge JCO fan, one of the things that I love about her is that she's *not* simply re-writing the same book over and over - the variety in her output is hugely impressive. This one, though, is a bit of a puzzle... though a playful, slightly mischievous one despite the serious theme of political authoritarianism. It starts as a homage to 1984 with a kind of 'Sovietisation' of the US: acronyms of bureaucratic bodies abound, ...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A YA dystopian novel, where our heroine is transported back in time to the 1950s as punishment for free speech? Yes please. The synopsis for this sounded right up my street, and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. The interesting storyline is supported with a well written plot that is reasonably well paced. We move quickly from the dystopian future to the past, as our protago...
  • Pauline
    Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates is a dystopian novel that gives a scary look into the future where everything you say and do is closely monitored. A young girl is sent to another time for four years as a punishment for going against the rules. I found this book disturbing and thought provoking.I would like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, 4th Estate, William Collins for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Britta Böhler
    Just finished and no idea how to rate it (yet). Some parts were brilliant but others left me deeply unsatisfied.After the re-read: No more dissatisfaction. Not a flawless book maybe, but overall: brilliant. 4,5*, rounded up to 5.
  • Eric Anderson
    It’s a common trope in Young Adult novels to feature a teenage protagonist in a dystopian future who is penalized for fighting against an oppressive system. That’s exactly the story Joyce Carol Oates writes in her new novel HAZARDS OF TIME TRAVEL. However, this is not a Young Adult novel. Oates is certainly familiar with the form and nature of YA fiction having written several books in this genre. It’d be natural to assume that she’s util...
  • Umut Reviews
    Review coming soon.
  • Neil
    Just about the first thing you see when you open this book is a list of other books by Joyce Carol Oates. There are 41 of them! 41! Plus she also writes under not one but two pseudonyms! Starting in 1964 when I was 3 years old and pouring out of her ever since. How, I ask myself, have I got to be almost 58 years old, reading almost continually since I was knee high to a grasshopper and I have not come across any of them?My thanks to HarperCollins...
  • Kathleen Flynn
    My favorite books about time travel, which include KINDRED by Octavia Butler and VERSION CONTROL by Dexter Palmer, are never just about time travel. Ideally it's a stealthy path into bigger ideas: about history, the role of art, free will, life itself. HAZARDS is such a book. It gave me a lot to think about, and I suspect this is one I will want to read again, sooner rather than later. It seemed to start off quite openly polemic in its dystopian ...
  • Ron Charles
    Someone needs to check Joyce Carol Oates’s garage for a DeLorean.Her new novel, “Hazards of Time Travel,” seems to have slipped through the space-time continuum. Although Oates started writing it in 2011 and finished before the election of President Trump, the story feels charged by the horrors of our Orwellian era. Even the author sounds a bit freaked out by the prescient quality of this novel. Months ago, she tweeted, “Feeling strange t...
  • Gumble's Yard
    I’d even tried to write what were called “stories”—following the pattern of the Nine Basic Plots we were provided, along with vocabulary lists and recommended titles. We were not allowed to take books out of the public library marked A—for Adult; we were restricted to YA, Young Adult, which had to be approved by the Youth Entertainment Board, and were really suitable for grade school. My parents had had Adult Books at one time, but I ha...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    What this book’s synopsis and set-up promise should have made for a classic in the Joyce Carol Oates oeuvre and a favorite new release of 2018: a teenage girl living in a near-future dystopian society is ‘banished’ to live in 1950s Wisconsin for daring to question her government in public. If any author could take that premise and not only fulfill it but twist it inside out, JCO could — or so I thought.What the reader gets, instead, is a ...
  • SueKich
    Forward to the Past.This opens at some point in the future with a typical rendering of a dystopian totalitarian landscape: an all-seeing, all-powerful state where freedoms are severely curtailed. In JCO's version, the citizens go to extreme lengths to appear utterly mediocre. Stand out at your peril - and this our likeable narrator Adriane, a bright and mildly rebellious 17-year old, does. Her punishment is four years’ Exile to Zone Nine.At thi...
  • SueLucie
    A story of several parts, hanging together in a rather contrived, unconvincing way, and with characters that didn’t much engage me. We start with observation of a future totalitarian regime in America - interchangeable, faceless leaders, airbrushed history, strict rules for citizens’ behaviour and close surveillance of their obedience or dissent. All very ‘1984’ and the part of the book that worked least for me. I know Adriane is only 17 ...
  • Sam
    The amazingly prolific Joyce Carol Oates has written her novel in response to President Trump. All totalitarian regimes are the same, and The Hazards of Time Travel is reminiscent of Orwell's 1984.It is the future, and North America has become rigidly authoritarian and has a form of apartheid. Adriane is caught thinking for herself, and is exiled to another time. Despite her punishment, Adriane is unable to be other than who she is. After a hideo...
  • Madeline Partner
    I wanted to like this, but wow I read maybe 20 pages and then gave up! While the premise is intriguing (being sent back to a town 80 yrs in the past) as punishment, the writing is just so juvenile, helping the main character appear as horribly naive, idealistic (in a bad way), and ignorant. How could she have knowingly committed a crime so harsh to be sent back in time if she can’t clearly articulate anything about herself or her surroundings? ...
  • Kristin Keeton
    I loved this book. It was thought-provoking, thrilling, and oddly romantic. The ending was somewhat frustrating, because there were questions left unanswered, but that's life I suppose!
  • Meggan
    This is definitely a page-turner. It's definitely thought-provoking, and makes you wonder what the future really holds.
  • Grace Malato
    I was so excited about the premise of this book and so so disappointed in the delivery of a book that I thought would be a wonderful midpoint of my favorite genre - time travel and dystopian adventure. The only way that this book makes the vaguest of sense is if it is a satire of dystopian fiction, written as insultingly terrible as a statement on her opinion of the genre... which I am in no way convinced that it is, given the summary, all the re...
  • Katrina
    2.5Couldn't help but get the feeling this was written with the Trump administration in mind. There was a lot to like about the novel, particularly the time travel aspects of the story. I did feel, however, it feel a bit short of Oates' usual standard.This was an ARC in exchange for a honest review. With thanks to Netgalley and Harpercollins.
  • Gio
    I loved the premise of the book: Adriane Stohl, a curious student living in a totalitarian state where every move and word is monitored by government, is sent back to 1950s middle-America for questioning authority during her Valedictorian speech. Cool! What happens next? Well, the first part of the book describes the horrors of the totalitarian regime Adriane leaves in. You'd think this part be scary and disturbing but the constant uses of acrony...
  • Lou
    Review @ https://more2read.com/review/hazards-of-time-travel-by-joyce-carol-oates/
  • Kim McGee
    Adriane lives in a future world that is completely controlled by the government where everything is monitored, pre-determined, and uniformity rules. She gains the unwanted attention of the authorities due to her free-thinking Valedictorian speech and is sent to an unusual prison of sorts. Her treasonous tendencies must be stripped away so they teleport her back in time to a boarding school in 1959 to spend her 4-year sentence under a new name. Ma...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates is a recommended dystopian novel about a totalitarian regime where being sent back in time is a punishment.Adriane Strohl is named valedictorian of her high school class, even after others tried to tell her that it is better to not stand out in the current political environment. When she practices her speech, which consists of questions, she is arrested, charged with Treason and Questioning of Authority...
  • Sophie
    Το μυθιστόρημα ξεκινάει με μια επιγραφή από το Science and Human Behavior του B. F. Skinner: A self is simply a device for representing a functionally unified system of responses. Κι αυτό είναι το θεματικό κέντρο του έργου· υπάρχουν πολλές αναφορές σε πειράματα τα οποία εξερευνούν την περιοχή της ελεύ...
  • Suzanne
    Thinly-veiled critique of current U.S. politics and today’s teens failure to appreciate all the freedoms they have and the potential cost of losing them. To make her point, author Joyce Carol Oates sends her 17 year old protagonist back in time to 1959 and forces her to experience a far more limited world for young women; one in which their options are far narrower than those available for men. The problem is the youthful protagonist was never ...
  • Tory
    I haven't read enough of Oates to know if this is her typical writing style -- very old-fashioned with lots of dashes and commas, all separating thoughts from each other and constantly feeling like a run-on sentence you'd find in Frankenstein. Not a fan in the least!And I totally didn't get the ending. What a let-down.
  • Miguel
    I really really wanted to like this book. On paper it's something that's right down my alley. It wasn't, though. I fought hard to get into it, but it just wasn't written for an audience that includes me. It has nothing to do with the book or with the writer. I just couldn't get into it.
  • Elizabeth Sile
    3.5 stars