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
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia, Time Travel, Feminism

Reviews Hazards of Time Travel

  • 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, ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Sile
    3.5 stars
  • carissa
    Straight-forward told tale that sends criminals back in time.Easy to read, like YA, Is it YA? It reads like it, so I was not as charmed as I had expected to be.