Hazards of Time Travel

Hazards of Time Travel

Joyce Carol Oates / Aug 23, 2019

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

  • Title: Hazards of Time Travel
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
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  • 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 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, Wisconsin that existed eighty years before Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of rehabilitation but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates s most unexpected novel so far Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 336 pages Published November 27th 2018 by Ecco More Details Original Title Hazards of Time Travel ISBN 0062319612 ISBN13 9780062319616 Other Editions 14 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Hazards of Time Travel, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Sounds like Outlander Is it similar or totally different like 3 months ago See all 4 answers Tanya Stone Totally different flag It is Oct 27, 2018 today How come there are so many reviews of this book here although it is to be published on Nov 27 I looked at the site to buy this book, but I can only pre order it to b delivered in OCTOBER 2019 Another case of time travel like 3 months ago See all 3 answers torin_kylara ARCs Advance Reader Copies or galleys same thing essentially are books that are printed or digital versions early on purpose, specifically to ARCs Advance Reader Copies or galleys same thing essentially are books that are printed or digital versions early on purpose, specifically to get early reviews out there on the internet for people thinking about buying them The idea is that if enough people read the book early and review about how good it is, people will be willing to buy the book when it is published publicly This can backfire if the reviews all turn out to be terrible, but I gather that doesn t happen that often, since people tend to ask for or get ARCs of books they are already 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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 already a person of interest, thanks to her father 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 already a person of interest, thanks to her father, when she commits to writing a speech that challenges and questions the current societal norms The speech is not delivered, but Adriane finds herself in hot water and having to pay a heavy price She is punished by being sent back in time teletransported to North America, Wainscotia, Wisconsin, to be reschooled in 1959 Adriane treads gingerly, understandably cautious about the nature of the world she finds herself in Oates vibrantly brings alive this period of time, with its hair rollers, manual typewriters etc all of which proves to be a revelation to Adriane Love is to beckon in the form of a fellow exile as indeed does rebellion These turn out to be turbulent times as questioning of society and challenging the status quo is everywhere This is a time of the Civil Rights movement, women s rights, anti war protests and Oates provides the opportunity to deduce parallels and connections to the madness in our contemporary world and the state of US politics, the nature of history and questions of what reality might be Some people might find this a heavy handed read, but I found it thought provoking, if depressing, in its echoes of real life politics and divisions in our society Many thanks to HarperCollins 4th Estate for an ARC flag 83 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Oct 09, 2018 Roman Clodia rated it really liked it review of another edition 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, people can be disappeared and free thought is se 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, people can be disappeared and free thought is severely circumscribed Adriane, our 17 year old narrator, upsets the regime by openly and naively questioning their authority and is punished by being whisked back to university in 1959 Wisconsin the place where JCO herself studied for her MA in the early 1960s Cue some is that how people lived scenes typewriters hair curlers and some interesting wandering down psychological theories of selfhood JCO seems to be taking a swipe at the plethora of YA dystopias where a young woman falls in insta love and leads a rebellion in this book, that love is subjected to a subtle interrogation and the rebellion segues into student politics of the 1960s anti nuclear weapons, pro civil rights But then, things take a surprising turn and the final section reminds us that one of the qualities we love about JCO is her boldness This is an allusive novel 1984, Stalinism, the Divergent trilogy, The Matrix, The Handmaid s Tale, The Bell Jar, Trump s America and the concomitant nostalgia for the 1950s when, allegedly, pesky women non whites communists Jews etc etc were kept in their place even as, ironically, western society was agitating for inclusive, socially just ways of being There are places where this feels like it s lost its way and then, bam, JCO hits us with a revelation that both amuses and also changes everything I disagree with the early reviews I ve seen which peg this as a YA novel it may have a YA narrator and gesture towards some of the tropes of that genre, but it deconstructs as much as it re uses and makes productive capital from the interactions This is not JCO at her best and may not be the best place to start if you haven t read her before but by the end, I was entertained and stimulated by her witty and rather wicked take on contemporary literary trends and modern US politics.Many thanks to 4th Estate for an ARC via NetGalley flag 49 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 22, 2018 Sara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, apocalyptic dystopian, fiction, science fiction 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 protagonist Adriane must learn to adjust to her new surroun 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 protagonist Adriane must learn to adjust to her new surroundings while musing on the weird things that our ancestors had I found it interesting to compare a future where free speech is oppressed with the 1950s of our past, where women didn t necessarily have the freedom we have now Almost a case of history repeating itself Thought provoking indeed I found Adriane quite endearing, if naive She s willing to say what she wants about her oppressive society, but I don t think she fully understands the consequences until it s too late Her utter bewilderment in the past is quite funny as first, as she struggles to adjust, and I did warm to her personality I just don t think she was strong or engaging enough to carry the story There s also not much in the way of character development and the romantic elements are extremely underwhelming The secondary characters were all a little bland too, and I cared very little for them At times I found the writing to be almost satirical, although it did come across as very juvenile I want to believe this was done in a clever way, almost as though it was comparing itself to other popular dystopian YA novels and wasn t taking itself too seriously World building is also a little lacking, and not that well developed compared to other YA novels I ve read In a heavily saturated market, things like that really stand out, and I feel it could have perhaps made a bigger statement if time had been spent describing the future dystopian world in particular An interesting novel with some strong political notes, but lacking in character development and world building for me flag 34 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Grace Malato rated it did not like it 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 reviews, and the way it is written.The main characte 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 reviews, and the way it is written.The main character is a 17 year old girl who starts as meek and passive and is exiled when she accidentally gives a practice speech for the valedictorian achievement, which she receives also on accident, because it is considered illegal and she is exiled to the past From there she makes not one single decision in the entire book, everything just happens to her as as she is treated as a set piece The only plot point in the whole book is that she is stalker level obsessed with a comic book style creep and thinks about him constantly She follows him, does his laundry and dishes, and is set dressing for his interesting backstory is this a commentary on how women are often treated in science fiction maybe, maybe not, but either way you still have to read hours of a woman being used as an object with no autonomy, back story, thought, redeeming characteristics, or development of any kind The actual style is almost journalistic it is just a list of what happens, there are very few scenes where anything happens, anyone interacts or says anything or anyone makes any decisions whatsoever A vast majority of the book is either the main character thinking to herself about how obsessed she is with this man she has barely met, explanations of the alphabet soup of the future government, and in depth descriptions of the psychological principals which were outdated, disgusting, and never disputed or discussed in any meaningful way for example the bigwig professor is setting up a center for electroshock therapy for gay people, which nobody future travelers included seems to think is wrong, or in any way worth discussing, it is just mentioned about 10 times and left there among the other over discussed psychological junk.The romance in the book is perhaps the worst part, the main character is obsessed with an assistant professor she barely knows, she follows him around and about half the text is her thinking about how much she loves him and decides that the best way to get his attention is to just do whatever he says and be his house keeper to make him need her Eventually he convinces her to try and escape their imprisonment, which she has no opinion or thoughts on, she just goes along because she wants him to love her In the end the only thing she ever does is fall in love fast, make herself subservient and in no way act as an active participant in her life Once again this could be a satire of how fast characters often fall in love in the genre but I m not convinced that this is the case, and either way it is painful and insulting to readI wish I could get a refund on the time and money I spent on this book flag 32 likesLike see review View all 6 comments S.A Did you read the same book I did Jan 27, 2019 09 08PM Amy Zupancic S.A wrote Did you read the same book I did S.A are you really going to go on all of the negative reviews of this book and make inane comments I S.A wrote Did you read the same book I did S.A are you really going to go on all of the negative reviews of this book and make inane comments If you liked this book, that s great But for those of us posting 1 star reviews, your comments don t really serve a purpose We didn t like it You did Move on Jan 28, 2019 05 14AM Sep 18, 2018 Pauline rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 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 flag 28 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 15, 2018 Britta B hler rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, 2018bw read, femlit, fiction, kindle, scifi fantasy, favs, fivestars 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 dissatisfaction Not a flawless book maybe, but overall brilliant 4,5 , rounded up to 5 flag 27 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 24, 2018 Eric Anderson rated it it was amazing 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 utilizing her expertise in this form and is also making a depa 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 utilizing her expertise in this form and is also making a departure from her typically realistic fiction to branch into feminist dystopian fiction There is a cycle of novels in this form particularly prevalent in literature today as described by Alexandra Alter in a recent New York Times article How Feminist Dystopian Fiction is Channeling Women s Anger and Anxiety in which she cites Oates s novel But the journey and outcome of Oates s highly unusual new novel is much startling and darkly subversive than any tale that could be categorized as Young Adult Instead, HAZARDS OF TIME TRAVEL engages with ideas of behavioural psychology and Cold War politics to form an utterly unique commentary on society today It also incorporates many autobiographical elements which surprisingly might make it one of Oates s most personal and reflective novels yet Read my full review of Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates on LonesomeReader flag 26 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 12, 2019 Carrie rated it it was ok review of another edition Review coming soon flag 22 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Gumbles Yard rated it it was ok Shelves 2018 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 had never seen them. My thanks to HarperCollins UK for an ARC 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 had never seen them. My thanks to HarperCollins UK for an ARC via NetGalley.I requested the ARC as I had seen this book listed as possible early contender for the 2019 Booker and as I understand that the author is a well known and well regarded literary author Unfortunately to my disappointment this was a Young Adult novel, and very much at the young end of that market and not one with which I could interact.The first part of the book posits a totalitarian state, which emerged from the USA as a result of the crackdown on civil liberties arising from the 9 11 attacks The protagonist of the novel and I choose that word carefully as YA novels tend to have protagonists is Adriane Stohl, already under watch due to her father, a Doctor who has been demoted to a lowly medical job due to subversive behaviour When Adrianne a dangerously unconventional student at a time when conformity and unquestioning obedience is expected rehearses a mildly questioning speech she is herself detained and classified as an EI Exiled Individual transported into exile an exile which as the title of the book suggests is actually backwards through time to 1950s middle America.In the first part of the book JCO Joyce Carol Oates in true YA Young Adult style describes in a FCW Fairly Clunky Way the DFW Dystopian Fantasy World she has created one where the true horror seems to be the number of acronyms A typical passage is There had been only a few DASTADs Disciplinary Actions Securing Threats Against Democracy taken against Pennsboro students in recent years, and these students had all been boys in category ST3 or below The highest ST SkinTone category was 1 Caucasian Nevertheless the set up was potentially intriguing combining time travel of which many great science fiction stories have been written but which is a trap for the unwary and dystopian fiction.It is a potential that is largely wasted in the remaining 85% of the book as Adrianne now Mary Ellen lives in a college and is amazed at things like typewriters, hairsets and smoking while pursuing a rather dreamy romance with one of the tutors, who she believes to be a link to the world she has left There are some rather half hearted attempts to link the future totalitarianism to the anti communist views of the day, as well as some involved attempts to link them to the research at the time into conditioning.Overall a harmless book which I can certainly imagine my 12 year old daughter enjoying as a light read flag 15 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 25, 2018 Umut Reviews rated it liked it review of another edition Review coming soon flag 15 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Neil rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, netgalley 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 UK via NetGalley for an ARC of this book which I 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 UK via NetGalley for an ARC of this book which I requested as it seemed an ideal chance to finally find out about such a prolific author I am not quite so sure I would have requested the book if I had realised that it is very much young adult in story and tone As mentioned above, I am far from being a young adult and I have to acknowledge that I rarely read that type of book.Adriane Stohl lives in a dystopian world where those who dare to engage in free thinking are exiled by being teletransported into the past It is never quite made clear why the state chooses this form of punishment, but I assume it is because it is cheaper than keeping people in prison in your own time Adriane writes, but never delivers, a speech that asks unpalatable questions and finds herself back in 1959 It would be unfair to say anything further about the plot as that would probably spoil the book for readers, but it unsurprisingly involves love There s an ending that makes you pause for thought, but it would clearly be wrong of me to discuss that here.Joyce Carol Oates is also prolific on Twitter About this book, she tweeted If this novel Hazards of Time Travel had been published before 2016 it would seem like a dystopian future sci fi now, a just slightly distorted mirroring of actual T p US sliding, we hope not inexorably, into totalitarianism white apartheid Most of the book is Adriane s experiences in exile, but there are often reflections back to the time and place from which she has been exiled The book opens with an epigraph taken from Science and Human Behavior by B F Skinner A self is simply a device for representing a functionally unified system of responses. And it is this that the story focuses on There are multiple references to experiments on both animals and humans investigating the area of free will vs response to stimuli Many parallels are drawn between these experiments and the way the totalitarian state watches and conditions its people Adriane seems the kind of feisty young protagonist who inhabits a typical YA novel at least, what I believe to be typical as she seeks to assert her self against these oppressive rules Except she isn t all the time she goes all weak and feeble in the presence of a man she yearns for This surprised me and seemed out of character for her Maybe this is a deliberate thing on the part of the author, but I am not sure I get it.This is probably a good YA book, but I am not qualified to judge that, as already mentioned Reading it as an old adult , it was OK but I couldn t get excited about it The story is rather predictable and the message about the totalitarian state a bit heavy handed I didn t come out of it thinking I must read by this author , which is a shame as it would have given me plenty books to read if I had 2.5 stars rounded down to 2 for the disappointment of discovering it is aimed at people 40 50 years younger than me flag 13 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Neil I don t think it is marketed as YA or put on the shelves with other YA books, but the vast majority of it reads like YA Well, what I imagine that wou I don t think it is marketed as YA or put on the shelves with other YA books, but the vast majority of it reads like YA Well, what I imagine that would read like as I don t normally read books in that genre being an OA myself Jan 04, 2019 01 10AM S.A Oh please Jan 27, 2019 09 10PM Nov 28, 2018 Ron Charles rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves apocalyptic, political fiction 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 that it will seem to be obviously about T p Dark Age 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 that it will seem to be obviously about T p Dark Age in fact, it was is not since completed years before Perhaps that s the special instrument of sensitive novelists a flux capacitor that allows them to register what s approaching on the horizon In this case, Oates has recast our present moment as an Interlude of Indecisiveness, a period of strident debate about the need for PVIWAT Patriot Vigilance in the War Against Terror In the grim future she imagines, the Constitution has been To read the full review, go to The Washington Post https washingtonpost entert To watch the Totally Hip Video Book Review of this novel, go here https washingtonpost video flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 22, 2019 Judy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 21st century fiction, most loved authors, speculative fiction 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 to try new things and doesn t worry if she comes 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 to try new things and doesn t worry if she comes out on top of any specific genre It is exciting to see how she goes about putting her own stamp on whatever she attempts.In the novels and stories of hers I have read so far, the thing she always, always does is explore emotional and psychological trauma Hazards of Time Travel follows a female high school senior who has grown up in a future, extremely tightly controlled society She dares to think for herself in the Valedictorian talk she will give at graduation Her punishment is banishment to an earlier time, loss of her family and even her own name.Despite her intelligence and daring, she has been so impregnated with the concepts of her upbringing that her resulting fears never leave her She is not ever going to be free, whether she stays in 1950s Wisconsin or is allowed to return to her own time and place.All the details are exactly right I would not expect anything less But those details are not just used to orient the reader in the story They are used to show that the details of daily life, the details of behavioral control, mind control, the details of love and loss, are the very things that keep us trapped, alone, depressed and fearful.Then there are some odd sentence structures For me those sentences put me in the minds of the characters We don t think in carefully constructed sentences, do we We certainly don t feel emotion in them Brilliant Hazards of Time Travel seems like a Trump timely novel but, according to Ron Charles in his Washington Post review, JCO had started the novel in 2011 and finished it before the 2016 election I like to think of novelists as our modern day prophets This book is an example of that flag 12 likesLike see review Anna I ve never read anything of hers but I d like to try Which novel would you recommend to start with Jan 29, 2019 09 46AM Judy Anna wrote I ve never read anything of hers but I d like to try Which novel would you recommend to start with This one Jan 29, 2019 10 48AM Anna Good, I already have it on my to read shelf Thank you Judy Jan 29, 2019 12 04PM Sep 13, 2018 Kathleen Flynn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves dystopia, time travel 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 vision, a 1984 for our times But it turned into s 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 vision, a 1984 for our times But it turned into something else, much harder to categorize a meditation on the nature of reality, among other things There were points where I thought it had lost its way and other stretches of sheer genius The ending was brilliant, I thought flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 29, 2018 Cody codysbookshelf rated it it was ok Shelves joyce carol oates 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 too short novel bordering on young adult territory, all wh 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 too short novel bordering on young adult territory, all while getting bogged down in philosophical questions and a bogus insta love relationship at the sake of an enjoyable, riveting plot What I ve come to expect from this author and I am not an expert on her works, by any means is to be challenged, and rewarded I was neither of those things Oates fails to take advantage of the main gimmick, the time travel A few passing references to the setting in which the main character finds herself are made, but she adapts fairly quickly perhaps too quickly, considering she has been exhiled eighty years in the past The main character is far too angsty and reserved and stuck in her own head to be compelling I can t help feeling this novel is Oates on autopilot This is the literary lioness, so of course the writing is fine from a technical standpoint but oh, it was such a challenge The unlikable characters, the unrealized setting, the rushed ending I can t recommend this This is a smart book, yes, but almost totally toothless Yikes flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Leo Robertson rated it liked it review of another edition 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 Anyway she won a fan in me when I tried 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 Anyway she won a fan in me when I tried out A Book of American Martyrs, which is a searing firecracker of a novel Gripping, lively, touches upon contemporary political taboos without preaching It was great And I ll for sure peruse her back catalogue of stuff again at some point Ugh, when Maybe never But the intention is there D I saw this one and couldn t resist and was excited even so to have barely heard of it before picking it up A hype free new novel from an author I like That s the dream But, Woody Allen style, if a new thing is to come out every year, you likely get one good one, one mediocre one And then if you re unlucky, ever experiencing the artist s work becomes unconscionable and you can never look at it the same way again Why did no one notice that massively famous comedian was talking about his dick THE WHOLE TIME And how did we ever find it funny Oh well Let s welcome him back to the stage and let him talk about his dick again The sooner we put this behind us, the better, and with any luck this won t provide a new context that mars his entire oeuvre Oh yeah so the actual book.It was at first heavy handed, which I didn t mind it was in that enjoyable way it always is in the zip zoomy era of sci fi Later, the narrative skilfully avoids cliches of dystopian fiction And luckily there was no looming OrangeManGood etc As we travel back in time to late 50s Wisconsin, JCO explores questions of free will in a suitably fresh way, and her aims become clearer For example, in her future, people are separated by skin tone Well, they did that in the past as well, though they did it in a different manner and called it something else In the 50s, women wear hair rollers to sleep, despite how uncomfortable they are and the difficult process of setting them up, out of peer pressure Not quite the same as something government mandated, but both imply giving away a piece of free will Sometimes we do this by force, other times voluntarily.But no worries, she only ever glances off these ideas, leaves them there for the reader to find This instils in us a great feeling of trust, that we ll bring our own intelligence to the book enough to work out its meaning without needing them handed to us.This contrast of fictional past and future conspicuously leaves out the present, which is what this novel is of course really about How is our present reality different from this fictional past and future Or rather, how is the US reality different y all ve made the Tracy Emin s bed of political moves and now you gotta lie in it.The plot raises further interesting questions in ways I won t spoil but it reminded me of something I ve been thinking about recently Or been made to think about by horrible people at parties trying to take me down Anyway My husband is for sure my soulmate Alain de Botton in Essays in Love uses a curious bit of statistics to prove that such a thing couldn t be the case If soulmate is taken to mean the one person on the planet for you , the chances of you meeting that person are so slim as to be completely negligible Maybe that was true when we first met, but having spent like 8 years of life, having built something together, experienced so much as a couple, maybe we have made ourselves the people for each other The initial soulmate feeling of meeting demonstrated the potential for this, which we have crafted together into a unique reality But that s the amazing and disturbing thing about human beings we are able to craft meaning of the highest level wherever and whenever we are Committing to loving someone means refusing to imagine your life without them when countless other potential partner combinations are, in some respect, always available to you We can develop an affection for being alive in our time that others had of theirs, even though we had no choice in the matter of when we should live That both means we have the capacity to generate enough meaning to sustain ourselves in every kind of scenario, but also that any kind of meaning we construct may just be that, constructed and ultimately arbitrary It s something amazing about human beings that we will make ourselves fit, and make that feel like destiny But are we merely rats in a maze who don t want to leave the familiarity of our cage, even when the door is taken off As JCO puts it in the book, it s only in logical puzzles that x cannot be x and non x at the same time, whereas in life that s almost always the case.Some terrors in the past, like nuclear panic, turned out not to be a big deal Some science gets debunked What do we, in the present, take that to mean Likely that some of our predictions are wrong, which might be some relief but if we knew which predictions were the wrong ones, we d get to stop making them Whatever information that s currently available is after all the best we have to go on, and therefore we must operate as if that s the case This idea is a relief and it s not.Speaking of not knowing what may or may not be a good use of our time, JCO can t get off Twitter, which will have unquestionably screwed with her sense of what is going on in her own country, nay the world.Pray for JCO and keep your fingers crossed her next book s a stormer flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Amy Zupancic rated it did not like it Shelves sci fi 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 being able to book talk virtually any book in a posi 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 being able to book talk virtually any book in a positive way to encourage readingadmitting that I can find nothing positive to write about this novel is really a dramatic statement for me to write The dystopian future world in which the book begins is poorly developed, with an alphabet soup of acronyms cluttering the pages that seem so forced and silly as to be laughable The main character seems to be floating through the events that unfold with life simply happening to her, and when she does set about doing things in an active way, that s not a step in a positive direction She sets about stalking her teacher, working like a slave for him doing his dishes and ironing his shirts hoping that he will need her because she believes she loves him Sigh The time travel elements are not interesting or well explored, being treated only in an oh gee kind of manner Oh, geethe young women in the 1950 s type ongasptypewriters Oh, geethe young women in the 1950 s sleep ongasphair rollers Oh, geethe young women in the 1950 s have salaries that aregaspless than men s Etceteraad nauseum.To top off all of the awfulness, the book ends with a badly written, yawn inducing cliff hanger of sorts although there s no precarious situation or difficult dilemma where we are left wondering what the heck happened to the rest of the book Did Joyce Carol Oates get bored writing it and just stop, unable to make herself finish because she was as tired of her characters as I was Did she become ill while writing it and decide she just didn t have the strength to finish it Doubtful, since she s on social media 24 7 Did she decide that she d rather spend her time writing an actually good book and just quit writing this one because she realized she d already wasted enough of her time on it I don t have an answer for the terrible ending, but I do have some advice Find a different book to read that isn t this one There are hundreds of really great YA sci fi and fantasy novels out there, many with time travel elements handled much skillfully I wish I could have back the hours I spent reading this one Consider saving you from reading this book my Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years gifts to you, potential reader flag 6 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Amy Zupancic Anne wrote I dont think the book is meant to be YA I m not entirely sure what exactly it was about, apart from things not being as they seemed I h Anne wrote I dont think the book is meant to be YA I m not entirely sure what exactly it was about, apart from things not being as they seemed I have read a fair amount of YA, but this just wasn t I have j I agree that I don t think the author intended the book to be YA but that s how the book reads to me Having worked as a school librarian, I ve read upwards of 1,000 YA titles, and this one fits right in with those that were intended for that audience If you enjoyed it, I m happy for you I know that not all books resonate with all readers But this one, for me, was, to quote the baseball phrase, a swing and a miss Jan 22, 2019 09 16AM Patricia Amador salinero Thank you for voicing what I can t voice myself I felt cheated but gave it a chance thinking that things would circle back and be explained But oh n Thank you for voicing what I can t voice myself I felt cheated but gave it a chance thinking that things would circle back and be explained But oh no, they weren t Jan 27, 2019 07 41PM Nov 15, 2018 Gio rated it it was ok 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 acronyms to define people and organisations makes for a 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 acronyms to define people and organisations makes for a very dry reading.The second part focuses on Adriane getting to terms with her new life in a past world This part is a mix of behaviourist psychological principles, attempt to link to the future to the anti communist activities of the 50s and a lot of boring descriptions about college life at the time The real problem is that nothing much happens in the book You re waiting to see what happens next but 85% through the book you re wondering if this thing even has an ending Well, it does and it s totally unsatisfactory I m not going to spoil it for you Suffice it to say, I felt totally cheated.It s a harmless book but also a pointless one I wish Oates had developed the story instead than using it as an excuse to rehash political views flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Jessica rated it did not like it 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 ve only ever seen in badly translated books flag 6 likesLike see review Tracy Agreed Jan 05, 2019 08 39AM Philip Copeland Agreed Jan 13, 2019 03 14PM Patricia Amador salinero Agreed Jan 27, 2019 07 36PM Oct 10, 2018 SueKich rated it really liked it 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 this point the novel changes gear to a kind of Back to 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 this point the novel changes gear to a kind of Back to the Future scenario without the whimsy As Adriane is teletransported back to 1959, she finds herself a new student at Wisconsin s idyllic Wainscotia College but her homesickness is beyond anything her fellow freshmen may be suffering Adriane s life as she knows it has vanished along with most of her memories of it What is a human being except the sum of her memories Loneliness overwhelms her If only she could talk to someone about what has happenedThis was my first Joyce Carol Oates and I found the prose, well, prosaic But the story telling has been an immersive experience as well as curiously disturbing Towards the end Adriane asks Is this a long time ago, or now Or has it not happened yet I could ask much the same.My thanks to 4th Estate for the ARC courtesy of NetGalley flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 23, 2018 Madeline Partner rated it it was ok Shelves dnf 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 Some indirect quotes Wow my teachers say I m smart 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 Some indirect quotes Wow my teachers say I m smart and sometimes I just try too hard Only black people at my school get punished and I ve never rlly seen someone with super dark skin HAha lol My dad told me xxxx, my dad told me xxxx Wow my dad is sooo smart but he doesn t make a lot of money Government is unfair Just wow How can a book be so surface level, privileged, ignorant and racist in the first 20 pages Yeah she s young but she doesn t have to be an airhead No thanks Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 07, 2019 Dna rated it liked it Shelves google drive, 2019 I really want to give this book stars because A I love Joyce Carol Oates LOVE I even love the trashy potboilers she writes under the nom de plume, Rosamond Smith She s the greatest Prolific, imaginative, sets moody scenes and develops characters within an inch of their fictional lives So I don t hesitate to pick up her books and I RUN to her new stuff But this I had to force myself to finish this, just so I could avoid the abject self loathing that comes with giving up on an author I really want to give this book stars because A I love Joyce Carol Oates LOVE I even love the trashy potboilers she writes under the nom de plume, Rosamond Smith She s the greatest Prolific, imaginative, sets moody scenes and develops characters within an inch of their fictional lives So I don t hesitate to pick up her books and I RUN to her new stuff But this I had to force myself to finish this, just so I could avoid the abject self loathing that comes with giving up on an author I ve always loved I m a huge fan of dystopian literature, but think I need to become critical and selective when deciding what to read The Hazards of Time Travel fell short on character development I m not saying this book wasn t entirely unbelievable that would be idiotic considering the the premise takes place in the very near future as opposed to a sci fi novel that builds a new world That would be like my high school English teacher assigning us to write a ghost story, and then penalizing me because my story wasn t realistic How can it be realistic when it s not truly grounded in reality Anyway, while the tone set by Oates was intriguing and pulled me forward, I felt absolutely nothing for the characters I kept reading because I felt a responsibility to Oates, and I didn t want to start my 2019 reading journey off on the wrong foot Yes, I overthink these things I would still heartily recommend The Hazards of Time Travel to readers who enjoy gloomy, sobering peeks into the future Readers who are aware of the current state of the world and its trajectory Globalism will recognize the socio political climate Oates establishes here, one that seeks to condition, program, and limit a person s right to free thought and expression The Hazards of Time Travel will ring true for many, making it a sobering and evocative read.Oates style and tone is comparable to literary authors like Pat Barker and Jonathan Franzen This sinister and thought provoking novel will leave readers who are hungry for menacing tales completely satisfied flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Barbara rated it really liked it I thoroughly enjoyed this book, until the end, which I thought was a bit too tidy But I would definitely recommend it flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Angela Schoemehl rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have a lot of feelings about this book Overall, it was sad Did the protagonist get her happy ending I d say no Was Captain Shalom Ira from another era She settled for a life of mediocrity unknowingly, and lost her love and identity A frustrating read, but I really liked it flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 04, 2018 SueLucie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 but, even so, I found her narration clunky, especially as 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 but, even so, I found her narration clunky, especially as she is supposed to be an unusually free thinker in a highly restricted society Fast forward or backward to 1959 in a small Midwest college and I enjoyed this Shared dorm rooms, frat parties, female paraphernalia such as hair rollers and girdles, launderettes, manual typewriters, and smoking everywhere old fangled stuff but new to Adriane Add in some anti war protests, some tired old behavioural psychology experiments, a big dollop of romance and stir without much vigour or pace.The novel was rather too disjointed for me, and lacking subtlety in its messages about behaviour and society, though I thought the ambiguous ending wrapped it up nicely enough A disappointment overall, though, as I have enjoyed JCO s writing in the past, but I wouldn t rate this as one of her best.With thanks to Harper Collins 4th Estate via NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 29, 2018 Kristin Keeton rated it it was amazing 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Siobhan rated it did not like it review of another edition 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 Carol Oates, and I was than happy to borrow this fr 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 Carol Oates, and I was than happy to borrow this from the library the moment it appeared.At first, this one sucked me in I wasn t crazy about it, but I was curious It was one of those books that wrapped around me with the promise of things improving Thus, I kept reading There was a point where I believed it was getting better, where I was falling in love with the story, but this did not last for long By the end of this book, my feelings towards this book were all rather negative all surrounding disappointment.I admit, a part of me did consider giving this a two star rating There was a time, a decent chunk of time, where this book was going to receive a two star rating from me The fact it held my attention and left me willing to continue, the way it left me wanting , had me believing I should round my rating up However, I was so disappointed in the end, I could not quite bring myself to do so.I went into this one expecting a wonderful science fiction novel, one that mixed two of my favourite things together As it was, the both the time travel and the dystopian aspects failed to wow me In fact, I feel as though both elements barely touched the surface as what could have been.Instead of being a powerful dystopian tale or a powerful time travel story, this became a story of following a female lead through emotions I could never connect to It would have been fine, I guess, had I been able to connect to the female lead, but I spent the entire book unable to like her Thus, I was unable to care about what was happening to her.I know many people are Joyce Carol Oates fans, but Hazards of Time Travel failed to show me why flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Maddie rated it it was ok Shelves literature, sci fi fantasy 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 dashes I ve read other books by Joyce Carol Oates and 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 dashes I ve read other books by Joyce Carol Oates and don t remember this being her signature move, but I think 80% of pages had at least one dash on them This distracted me, perhaps than it should have Second, the book was largely narrated by Adriane, but would randomly flit to other perspectives This wasn t done quite enough to be an effective plot device or tone setter, so I think she shouldn t have done it at all Also, there were several random chapters that were perhaps a page long and added very little to the book.A lot of media exists that either cleverly show us the natural progression of our world toward dystopia or delves into the mind of someone living in said brave new world ranging in literary heft from The Hunger Games to The Handmaid s Tale Oates did not build out the dystopian future as much as other strong books in the field Dystopian futures that disparage intellectual creativity and feature extensive monitoring are a dime a dozen, so I think she needs to try harder here if she wants to create a truly distinctive dystopian universe.I could forgive the generically scary vision of the future if only the 1950 s or our main character could be made a little interesting I initially wanted to read this book to see how she was able to link the 1950 s with a dystopian authoritarian future, and was disappointed by her shallow treatment of a very different time Yes, people smoked and were really into behavioralism, but I don t understand what compelling artistic reason Oates had for setting the book in the 1950 s Finally, Adriane Mary Ellen was a horrible main character She was originally academically curious, then naturally cautious when first sent back in time, which is fine, but she never actually grew as a character, except in terms of her relationship to men view spoiler First, she falls, inexplicably, for an emotionally unavailable professor, also from the future, Ira Wolfman He does not seem to like her at all, and she just does not care Through convenient plot device, he dies, she completely forgets about him, and in what I assume is meant to be a happy ending, falls for a earthy art professor despite being an amnesiac, she immediately moves to his house following her hospital stay because he gave her CPR and she met him briefly one other time How did the hospital allow this to happen She reshapes her life to fit his, taking a simple, womanly joy in cooking for all of his friends, and dealing with a creepy old man who also lives in his house I would have found it much enjoyable to see Adriane s academic growth in the constraints of her environment than to watch a 17 year old girl stalk a 30 year old man, then succeed in that he allows her to iron his clothes for him, until he eventually dies and she finds a wholesome man I ll allow that maybe that was the point of the book, and both men were meant to be bad, but either way, Adriane did not do anything interesting as a character hide spoiler flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Steph rated it did not like it review of another edition 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 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 And alas, I was so disappointed in this book The most 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 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 And alas, I was so disappointed in this book The most interesting part about this whole concept was this new oppressive regime and how it s organized and how it operates and the people living in it, how they are living in it But sadly this only made up a really small part of the book And a young woman s resistance She asked a few questions in her graduation speech that she isn t even presenting, because she is arrested before it can happen and then that s it The rest of the book she spends in 1959 60 is so boring and nothing happens any Of course in the beginning she struggles, she thinks about the people she left behind, but other than that she just lives in her exile, goes to class, studies and starts obsessing over a man She falls in love , like she gets creepily obsessed with this guy, stalks him, her thoughts are entirely consumed by him and honestly it s just creepy, especially because this guy is literally treating her like garbage This entire relationship is so toxic and unhealthy Generally the character were really unlikable in my opinion I wasn t rooting for Adriane, because I was so annoyed by her weird obsession over this guy, who is just not worth it.I kept reading because I thought that there has to happen something right I was waiting for the actual plot or the big reveal or something Anything, but nothing The things you could have done with this premise The possibilities I m kind of heartbroken for the missed opportunity for another great dystopian YA novel Where was the rebellion, where was the resistance And the ending Are you kidding me I was so damn disappointed So boring and pointless Do yourself a favour and read something else If you re interested in psychology this book might hold some interest for you, but yeah, that s about it flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Christopher Condit rated it really liked it This is one good book A teenager in a 1984 style dystopian near future is arrested for Questioning Authority she didn t question authority and sent as punishment to 1959.Narrated by herself, quite convincingly, is both a strength and the weakness of this book, for, teenagers are just not that interesting, and not refined stylists Of course the supreme stylist Oates can pull this off.Thoughtful and philosophical, and has a big thing about BF Skinner From which it drifts into identity and mea This is one good book A teenager in a 1984 style dystopian near future is arrested for Questioning Authority she didn t question authority and sent as punishment to 1959.Narrated by herself, quite convincingly, is both a strength and the weakness of this book, for, teenagers are just not that interesting, and not refined stylists Of course the supreme stylist Oates can pull this off.Thoughtful and philosophical, and has a big thing about BF Skinner From which it drifts into identity and meaning Recommended.I ve tried and abandoned a number of her books, this is the first I ve finished in a long time It lacks that offputting grotesqueness that is maybe her specialty flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the 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        Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls She is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978 Pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Laure Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls She is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978 Pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly


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    1. 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 already a person of interest, thanks to her father [...]


    2. 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, people can be disappeared and free thought is se Well, this is [...]


    3. 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 protagonist Adriane must learn to adjust to her new surroun I re [...]


    4. 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 reviews, and the way it is written.The main characte I was [...]


    5. 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.


    6. 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 dissatisfaction Not a flawless book maybe, but overall brilliant 4,5 , rounded up to 5.


    7. 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 utilizing her expertise in this form and is also making a depa It [...]


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