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, Time Travel, Dystopia

Reviews Hazards of Time Travel

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Tim
    Few stories descend from interesting to irritating to irrational to despicable as this. Ugh! 0 of 10 stars
  • 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, ...
  • Jenna
    I'm shuffling back and forth between giving this 4 stars or 5. I enjoyed it immensely but the end! No, just no! C'mon, Joyce Carol Oates! Couldn't we have had a better ending that neatly wrapped up the story? Oh, and the romance thrown in.... I could have done without that too. Thankfully the romance does not overpower the story, and it's not all flowery and grotesque. Still, I could have done without that; I just am not a fan of romance. OK, bit...
  • Carrie
    Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates is a scifi/dystopian novel that deals in time travel. This one started off reminding me a bit of Divergent with the main character getting in trouble for not being like everyone else and questioning things. She ends up getting sent back in time as punishment. Well, that was where it just kind of slowed to a crawl for me, the beginning seemed like it was going to be good but I ended up with one of those ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy Zupancic
    Given the incredible reputation of Joyce Carol Oates for writing books that people love, I simply cannot believe how terrible this book is. I rarely rate books this low, but I can find nothing positive to write about this novel, honestly. (Oh, I guess I can say that I'm glad it wasn't longer?)Coming from a former school librarian who has read and loved hundreds of YA sci fi and fantasy novels, and who has graduate-level training (really!) in bein...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jessica
    This was my first JCO. I've never been drawn to her before, but a feminist dystopia with time travel? I was there.Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out what the book was meant to be. It was so bad that I began to think that perhaps it was a satire of the genre, but no. It was just that bad—every relevant trope portrayed in the most cliched way possible, flagrant information dumps, awful dialogue, and a stilted writing style the likes of which I'...
  • Judy
    I am well aware that Joyce Carol Oates is not every reader's cup of tea. I happen to find her brilliant. I have read 18 of her books. I know people who feel as I do about her and I feel friendly towards those people. So I am not so much recommending this novel to any but those JCO lovers. I am wanting to share my thoughts with my JCO tribe.Ms Oates, as far as I know, had not gone in a post apocalyptic/dystopian direction before. I know she likes ...
  • 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 ...
  • Umut Rados
    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...
  • Steph
    I don't even know where to begin. The premise sounded so interesting and intriguing, so I picked this book up immediately. Even the description here on goodreads sounds like this book might take the direction of The Hunger Games or Divergence. "An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society". I mean if you love dystopian YA literature this sounds right up your alley, doesn't it? An...
  • 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 ...
  • Lisa
    This book has left me absolutely speechless.It has so many elements and many of them contradictory that I simply can't provide a coherent review.I did enjoy it and it has made me think...but it has also made me confused and frustrated. You could interpret this book in many different ways...I'm seeing very mixed reviews for this one and I completely understand that.I just love Joyce Carol Oates unique style and this book is a challenge...I think I...
  • Genia Lukin
    WTF did I just read? And what in the name of all that's literary did the reviews read? Because as far as I can tell, none of the reviews actually read this book, or, if they did, they read a completely different book, one with a coherent and interesting plotline, and not this hot mess of an attempt at Dystopia.Here's the thing - and I've made the same case repeatedly with several other works - about dystopian fiction; stop using dystopian fiction...
  • 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...
  • TraceyL
    Update April 19th 2020: Bumped up the rating to 4 stars because I continue to think about this book, and I think I underappreciated it the first time around.*When an over-achieving high school graduate starts questioning her futuristic authoritarian government, they send her to a college in 1959. She's told that she's being trained for a super secret government job and there are "eyes" watching her at all times. If she tells anyone she's from the...
  • Leo Robertson
    I'm an on-off reader of JCO, in that way we all become when someone of sufficient popularity and prolificacy just won't stop doing their thing. (Q: How can I, someone who doesn't particularly care for Stephen King, have read so many of the guy's books? A: Once someone surpasses a critical threshold of popularity, their books just start appearing in your hands. Like when Homer's punching the cat without realising it?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
  • Siobhan
    Joyce Carol Oates is one of those authors whose name I have seen on countless occasions, yet none of her books ever grabbed my attention. I knew the name, but none of her work screamed ‘read me’. Until Hazards of Time Travel, that is.Hazards of Time Travel sounded like the kind of book I would adore. A dystopian tale mixed with time travel – of course, I would be all over that. Add in the fact it would finally cure my curiosity about Joyce ...
  • Maddie
    This book had an interesting premise, but it felt like it was not fully fleshed out in many ways. A 17 year old in the near-future is sent back to 1950's Wisconsin for being overly subversive (she asks a series of questions in her valedictorian address). She then is sent back in time as punishment, and must adjust to life at a small mediocre university in Wisconsin. A few things didn't work for me with the writing style. First was the use of dash...
  • Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
    Ugh. I think I have come to the conclusion that Joyce Carol Oates and I just don't get along. I can appreciate that she is a very prolific, award winning author, who writes very well and is also so well loved by many. But I just end up feeling so...gross after reading her books. I can't explain it. There is just this sense of hopelessness that pervades her work (at least the books I've read) and I don't like the way it makes me feel. I tried this...
  • 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...