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Hazards of Time Travel

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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
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Ecco
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Roman Clodia
Oct 09, 2018 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
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
Sep 18, 2018 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.
Grace Malato
Nov 28, 2018 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
Eric Anderson
Nov 24, 2018 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 ...more
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.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gumble's Yard
Sep 27, 2018 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
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Sep 18, 2018 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
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 that it will seem to be — obviously! — about T***p Dark Age
Kathleen Flynn
Sep 13, 2018 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
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 too-short novel bordering on young adult territory, all wh
Dec 08, 2018 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.
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?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gs73... )

Anyway she won a fan in me when I tried
Amy Zupancic
Dec 06, 2018 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
Oct 04, 2018 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 ...more
Oct 10, 2018 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
Nov 15, 2018 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
Madeline Partner
Sep 23, 2018 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
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: google-drive, 2019
I really want to give this book more 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 ...more
Dec 22, 2018 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.
Angela Schoemehl
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kristin Keeton
Jun 29, 2018 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!
Dec 17, 2018 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 more than happy to borrow this fr
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2018 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 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?

And alas, I was so disappointed in this book. The most
Christopher Condit
Jan 15, 2019 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
Royce Houthuijzen
I really enjoyed this novel. It’s funny to write “enjoy,”
as the book covers some dark topics. But for me, as always JCO’s writing pulls you in as the reader is engaged, afraid, excited, worried, and simply enjoying the ride of the read! 😊
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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 ...more
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