Hazards of Time Travel

Hazards of Time Travel Review

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.

Title:Hazards of Time Travel

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Paromjit

    Joyce Carol Oates writes a fascinating multilayered, and complex dystopian novel that raises the spectre of totalitarian, controlling and heavy surveillance societies such as that of Big Brother in Or...

  • 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...

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A YA dystopian novel, where our heroine is transported back in time to the 1950s as punishment for free speech? Yes please. The synopsi...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: bril...

  • Eric Anderson

    It’s a common trope in Young Adult novels to feature a teenage protagonist in a dystopian future who is penalized for fighting against an oppressive system. That’s exactly the story Joyce Carol Oa...

  • Umut Reviews

    Review coming soon....

  • Neil

    Just about the first thing you see when you open this book is a list of other books by Joyce Carol Oates. There are 41 of them! 41! Plus she also writes under not one but two pseudonyms! Starting in 1...

  • 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 t...

  • 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 i...