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Red Clocks
Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
Five women. One question. What is a woman for? In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivr, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt. RED CLOCKS is at once a riveting drama, whose mysteries unfold with magnetic energy, and a shattering novel of ideas. In the vein of Margaret Atwood and Eileen Myles, Leni Zumas fearlessly explores the contours of female experience, evoking THE HANDMAID'S TALE for a new millennium. This is a story of resilience, transformation, and hope in tumultuous-even frightening-times.
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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A novel about an America that has outlawed abortion in any form for all 50 states. The author writes from 4 main perspectives: the biographer, the wife, the daughter, and the mender to weave a powerful narrative. Highly recommend for fans of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale! I definitely want to read more from this author.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Mood. 🤷‍♀️ #MommingAintEasy

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Hestapleton
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Just finished this #LMPBC and it‘s off to @MeesesPieces tomorrow! It‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ book for me, but still really interesting and I‘m excited to see what everyone thinks!

MeesesPieces @Hestapleton yay can‘t wait to read it! 2w
Hestapleton @MeesesPieces weekend got away from me! I should have it in the mail Wednesday! 2w
MeesesPieces @Hestapleton take your time no worries!! 2w
MeesesPieces @Hestapleton I received the book yesterday!! I‘m so excited to read it! 5d
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BookNAround
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A US where abortion is illegal, embryos have been granted “personhood,” and single people cannot adopt. Terrifying, right? Zumas doesn‘t quite pull off what she‘s trying to do: address women‘s erasure and their roles in this scary dystopia, but props for trying. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/10/review-red-clocks-by-leni-zumas.html

KathyWheeler I wanted to like this book a whole lot more than I actually did. I was underwhelmed by it. 3w
BookNAround @KathyWheeler There was so much promise, right?! 3w
KathyWheeler @BookNAround Yes! It was really annoying to me that it didn‘t live up to that promise. Your review on your blog is spot on. (edited) 3w
BookNAround @KathyWheeler Thanks! I love hearing I got it right. 😂 3w
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Zoes_Human
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This examines what it means to be a woman, the struggle to control your life as one, & the accusations we face when we dare to defy the restrictions placed on us. This softly disturbing, near-future dystopia is so utterly contemporary in its feel and the single, devastating change to law so realistic that it leaves you unsettled as does the quiet sound in the night that you aren't quite sure you really heard but can't stop listening for.

Come-read-with-me @Zoes_human I‘ve heard great things about this book. Thanks for the wonderful review! 3w
Hooked_on_books Excellent review. You really captured this book. I loved it and found it so chilling for the exact reasons you detail. 3w
Zoes_Human @Come-read-with-me Thank you so much! 3w
Zoes_Human @Hooked_on_books Thank you! I suspect that some of the folks who don't like it, may have disliked it because it is too disturbingly possible. In most dystopias, you can separate yourself a bit because it's not quite possible or it's possible but far away from now. 3w
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Zoes_Human
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“Have you ever considered ... how much time has been stolen from the lives of girls and women due to agonizing over their appearance? ... How many minutes, hours, months, even actual years, of their lives do girls and women waste in agonizing? And how many billions of dollars of corporate profit are made as a result?”

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rachelm
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This was worth waiting for. A well woven narrative, a lot to think about here about women, bodies, choices we make and choices that are made for us. I‘ll be checking out Zumas‘ other work for sure.

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Zoes_Human
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1. Tagged plus Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, ¡Vamos a leer!, The Scar by China Miéville, Favorite Poems, and The Complete Works by William Shakespeare

2. “It is clammy and springy, like a hard-cooked egg.“ (from tagged book)

3. Homemade hot chocolate with cayenne

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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rachelm
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#weeklyforecast is looking good! I accomplished most of the goals from last week, except to get to my ARC reading (need to do that!!)

Plans:
📕Finish Invisible Cities
📖Start A Good Neighborhood

🔈Finish Red Clocks
🔈Continue Wanderers

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rachelm
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I‘m crazy busy this weekend but trying to get as many hours of reading and listening in as I can. I‘m already five hours into this and just started yesterday. I have so many thoughts. Loving it so far.

Megabooks I love this book! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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I liked this a lot! The audio narrators were excellent. I really connected with the topic and the characters, especially Gin. I‘ll be recommending this one!

ChasingOm I didn‘t get into this one in print, maybe I should try the audio... 🤔 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad you liked this! I loved this one. I read it in print and thought it was chillingly real. 1mo
rachelm Just started this on audio and I‘m already hooked 1mo
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Zoes_Human
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It‘s here! It‘s here! My latest Brilliant Books Subscription book is here, and it totally looks like my kind of story!

readingjedi I absolutely adored this book - enjoy! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Told from the perspective of four women, Red Clocks re-imagines what the US would be like if abortion was once again illegal and criminalized while also outlawing single parents from adopting. The women in this novel each deal with this new reality in different ways. Zumas did a good job in creating four wildly different characters whose paths cross and who all in their own way are so strong and authentic.

rambiepaige This is such a great book! ❤️ 2mo
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Hestapleton
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Hazel2019 Yes! 2mo
Mogoeg Yes! Thank you! 2mo
MeesesPieces @yes awesome thank you! 2mo
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Hazel2019 @Mogoeg @Hestapleton @MeesesPieces hi! For those of you that have done this before...when we send the book on at the end of the month what‘s the expectation...send just the book?, throw something else in? I was looking at some other posts and couldn‘t figure that part out hmm 🤔 1mo
Hestapleton @Hazel2019 it varies! I usually send just the book because money is tight and I‘m usually late in sending it lol. But I‘ve been sent socks and post its, just little trinkets. Totally up to you! 1mo
Hazel2019 Thanks @Hestapleton Makes sense. 1mo
MeesesPieces I‘ve received little trinkets like candy or bookmarks. I usually throw a little something in for the first time. But it‘s really up to you. Just sending the book is fine also 😊 1mo
MeesesPieces @Hazel2019 @Hestapleton @Mogoeg I sent you all a library book pouch thingy for your books through snail mail. 😊I also sent an email about it but I‘m unsure if you received it because I didn‘t hear anything. No worries if you didn‘t. Just wanted to let you know 😊 1mo
Hazel2019 @MeesesPieces @Hestapleton @Mogoeg can‘t wait for the library book pouch! I‘m all done reading my book at this point (it‘s under 300 pages). How much do you guys mark up? I didn‘t really mark up a ton. 1mo
Hestapleton @Hazel2019 I just mark up anything that sticks out to me that‘s funny or interesting or worth taking about. Some books it‘s more than others. Follow your heart. :) 1mo
MeesesPieces @Hazel2019 I do exactly what @Hestapleton does as well! 😊 1mo
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BookNAround
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From dog poems to feminist dystopia, my reading is a little all over the place this weekend.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Nothing like a little dystopia for Tuesday. Just what the doctor ordered.

Megabooks Great book!! 4mo
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Mindyrecycles
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May finishes. I loved Dolphins, Fahrenheit, Red Clocks, and Marriage. Outsiders and Meditations were okay. #thisisit #amonthofsongs #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge #bookclub

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wallacereads
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I had a coupon for Value Village so of course I had to use it!

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Amandajoy
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Question. Which of these is most likely to keep me awake and entertained on my night shift tonight?

NamasteReading they look so beautiful. OMG 🥰😍 7mo
Traci1 I haven't read the other two, but I thought Hope Never Dies was tons of fun. 7mo
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NeamhainHughes
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I read this book in one day, which is kind of a big deal with my ADHD and busy life. It was intense, but good. The ending was not cliche or easy or tidy but I really loved the way she tied everything together and ended the story. And the characters, just wow. I aspire to write characters this compelling and flawed and real and unique.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 7mo
NeamhainHughes Thank you!! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 7mo
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Nebklvr
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This was a wild ride of a book. Very disjointed with not a lot of action but still manages to be propulsive.

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LaraReads
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What a treat! You are beyond thoughtful @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! 💕 I have been wanting to read this book for some time! And you KNOW I adore this postcard! 🌷🌹💐 So beautiful! I don‘t have many flowers peeking through just yet, but these purple phlox decided to bloom just in time to take a pic for you! Also, I am in love with these #litsylove bookmarks. Thanks so much to you and @TheBookHippie for having those made. ☺️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo!!! I‘m happy it made it to you safely 💗💗💗I hope you enjoy it!! 🥰🥰 8mo
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GivenLemons
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This book is amazing and definitely worth reading! I finished it last night and I still can‘t work out how I feel about it. It made me happy and so so sad by the end.

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beaconhillbooks
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Totally deserving of all the hype!
One of my favorite books EVER.

I think this is a masterpiece of art.

scowler1 Oh yes indeed. 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a story that depends on the author‘s ability to knit the plot lines together into a pleasing display. Zumas uses many writing styles, including poems, lists, and diary entries. But there were also times the story felt like the jumbled inside of the cute knit beanie, rather than the outside.

Among the recently-released female-centric dystopia, this was just fair.

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#litsyatoz #letterz

TrishB Agree totally 👍🏻 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘m not quite finished with this, but it‘s been interesting to compare with The Handmaid‘s Tale, Vox, and Power. I‘m trying to figure out how I rank them in relation to each other.

p.s. the puzzle is done and I just bought three more!

KathyWheeler I found, with this one, that I wanted to like it more than I actually did. 10mo
Redheadrambles I really loved this one. It was certainly much more my kind of read than The Power. 10mo
TrishB I didn‘t really like this or The Power, not got to Vox yet. Love The Handmaids Tale. 10mo
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Hooked_on_books I loved this one. I also really liked Vox. The Power is great, but a little campy. I‘m a sucker for this kind of book. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @KathyWheeler @Redheadrambles @TrishB @Hooked_on_books I need to finish it to make a full assessment. Handmaid‘s will always be the best of the group. But so far Vox is my favorite, this falls in the middle, and I didn‘t care for The Power at all. 10mo
beaconhillbooks Oh man I completely loved this book. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @beaconhillbooks It‘s definitely been getting a lot of love. My fav book reviewer liked it, and that‘s all I needed to give it a go. But I didn‘t love it the way he did. Still, it was good—just not great for me. 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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So my #audiopuzzling project is taking way longer than I expected. I‘ve listened to one book, a long podcast, and have now started a second book. To be fair, I also listened to the books and podcast during other activities. But, ohmigosh this is a hard puzzle. I‘m hoping to finish by tomorrow. But it‘s been fun!!

#letterz #litsyatoz

Soubhiville 😲 that‘s a great puzzle! Wow! 10mo
CouronneDhiver Nice! 10mo
RaimeyGallant Awesome puzzle. 10mo
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britt_brooke Pretty! 10mo
valeriegeary It's so pretty! 10mo
RealLifeReading Lovely puzzle! 10mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous ♥️ 10mo
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Kelwg8
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Book 6/60 a book with a two word title

OK I‘ve heard some things about how this book is white feminist bullshit soooooooo we‘ll see

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IndoorDame
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Once I got into this I really didn‘t want to put it down (though eventually sleep got the better of me). It took a while for me to see how all the threads wove together, but it‘s been ages since I read proper literary fiction and I really enjoyed the style here.

#booked2019 #booked2019winter #newtoyouauthor #litsyAtoZ #letterR #R

readingjedi I loved this ❤ 10mo
danimgill So funny to see that Fox Branch sticker pop up on my Litsy feed - I live in Arlington! 10mo
IndoorDame @danimgill what a small world! 10mo
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IndoorDame @danimgill we should totally organize a local litsy meetup when the weather turns more agreeable 10mo
danimgill @IndoorDame Yes that would be super fun! Here‘s hoping for a short winter lol 10mo
Cinfhen I liked this one too!! premise felt believable which made it terrifying 😫 10mo
IndoorDame @Cinfhen yes! I always love/hate that 10mo
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IndoorDame
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It took me about 70 pages to really get into the rhythm of this, but now that I‘m past that point I‘m loving it!

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bookishbitch
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I read this as a buddy read with one of my daughters. Excellent writing with interesting and realistic portrayals of women. Sadly it is also scary as I find the event in the book plausible in our current political climate. I highly recommend this one.

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Wannabe_Quijote
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Finished this one with a good sour drink. And loved it (the book and the drink!)

#booksandbooze

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Andrea313
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1. For his 10th birthday, I told my nephew I'd take him out to lunch for anything he wanted. And what he wanted was the giant banana split at his local ice cream parlor. Well played, kid.
2. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas.
3. 26. Aiming for Arizona next, to see family.
4. Harry Potter in my teens.
5. I did a lot of travel last year, including a European adventure. 2019 is going to be for replenishing my bank account. But a girl can dream!

#HumpDayPost

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Wannabe_Quijote
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Starting a new book tonight! First #novel I‘ve read in a while. #Hester approves.

#dogsoflitsy

LauraJ Ooh, what a sweet face! 11mo
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rambiepaige
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⏰Okay, I can‘t put this one down. It‘s a story of different women all going through different parts of a woman‘s journey, and they are all connected and in some twisted way form a community (I use that term loosely here). If you enjoyed Handmaid‘s Tale and the premise of The Hours, this one is for you! ⏰

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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It‘s all about the Vagine Machine.

Alternate reality where it‘s illegal to have an abortion, have assisted reproduction, and two parents are required for adoption. Shows how these laws affect women in different ways: the pregnant teen, the older woman desperate for a child, the holistic healer, the wife in a crappy marriage.

Definite pick. There‘s some misinformation about IVF (that‘s my field), but definitely a great read.

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scowler1
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Unique and quite brilliant I thought. Quite a few characters and concepts to wrap your mind around but I quickly got sucked in. Very enjoyable.

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heyitsMacall
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I recommend this book of the basis of its writing, character development, and imagery. However, my political views are too complex to agree with it whole-heartedly. 😆

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Well-ReadNeck
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I have this one on audiobook. I like the narration well enough, but just cannot get into it. After 2 1/2 hours, I‘m calling this one. For me, there are just too many threads and the story is about the woman with less emphasis on the dystopia and the women are not holding my attention or empathy

abbielistenstobooks This is one of very few that I read on paper this year, and I enjoyed it. I wonder if I would've felt like you had I read via audio? 12mo
riversong153 I didn‘t like it at all! I read it and finished it in print. 12mo
minkyb Have this on my Kindle. Appreciate your thoughts. 12mo
kgriffith I‘ve been listening for...15 minutes, and realized that I‘m not remotely interested. Came here to see if there was a compelling reason to keep at it. Instead am finding compelling reasons not to 😝 12mo
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JessNevertheless
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Not a huge fan of the writing style and I just can't seem to get into all the storylines. Ended up just reading the ones I liked and skipping the others. So sad too cause it is such a realistic feminist dystopian concept.

Reviewsbylola I think I bailed on this one too but I may be confusing it with another dystopian BOTM. 😂 12mo
Xeno Dystopian reads all the same to me, can‘t do it 😅 12mo
GripLitGrl This was a disappointing one for me too. 12mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Heartbreaking, one of those reads that gives you the peek you don‘t get regularly into the lives & minds of women, but with a slightly skewed, seemingly minor to some, alternative history just a shade off from our own. One of those, there but for the grace of god go we, collectively. Abortion is illegal in this world, and how that law effects the lives of all the women in the community in examined as we peek into their daily struggles.

Twocougs Thought provoking and terrifying. Loved it! 12mo
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executivespooky
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Coffee, homemade blueberry lemon scone, and a book 👌🏻

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Megabooks
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#MonthOfRereads

Still love this book! If possible, though, I dislike The Wife character more, and I don‘t understand her relevance to the plot. 🤷🏻‍♀️

As far as Trump-era dystopian novels, I still like The Power a bit better, but I strongly recommend Red Clocks too! 4.5⭐️

julia-gulia I looooved this book. I just couldn't get into power though. I tried book and audio and just want into it. Try VOX next, if you liked clocks 12mo
Megabooks @julia-gulia I really liked Vox. The author somehow made a situation that is almost unbelievable into scarily believable. Like you, I would recommend that one too! 12mo
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MelissaSue81
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I couldn‘t put this down. While I see why this is compared with Handmaids Tale, it‘s really not at all like it. While the premise is the loss of women‘s reproductive rights, it‘s really just a story about women. I found the characters very real and very relatable.

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MelissaSue81
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Requested this one after reading NYPLs 2018 book recommendations yesterday and it came in immediately on a 7 day loan.. so it‘s up next! I‘m not sure if I‘m excited or terrified to read this.

sprainedbrain The reviews I‘ve seen on this have been pretty mixed, but I enjoyed it! 12mo
merelybookish Ditto @sprainedbrain! If dystopian is off-putting, don't fret because this book isn't really like that. 12mo
MelissaSue81 @merelybookish - thanks! I do tend to avoid dystopian things because they trigger my anxiety, but from what I‘ve read so far, this doesn‘t seem too horrible, maybe because it seems so real. 😬 12mo
merelybookish @MelissaSue81 Sadly, yes. 😞 12mo
kitteh_reads Can't wait to read your review...Red Clocks is on my list too 12mo
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Megabooks
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I had forgotten how much Gin‘s (the mender) imprisonment makes me sad. I still like the book overall on my second read, though.

Every time I read a women‘s rights being taken away dystopian novel, I get more and more angry. Fortunately, that just strengthens my resolve to change things!

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JessNevertheless
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Finally get to retire from family events for the evening. To all you out there waiting for your chance to slip away and curl up with a good book, I wish you all the best of luck! #thanksgiving 🦃📚

4thhouseontheleft My last guests just left. ☺️☺️📚 13mo
Jennick2004 We just got home a bit ago and I have already escaped to my room to read 💜📚 13mo
JessNevertheless @4thhouseontheleft @Jennick2004 Wonderful! Enjoy the quiet and the books! 💕 13mo
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heyitsMacall
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Page 5. The quickest way to my heart? Witty one-liners.

readordierachel 😂😂 13mo
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ChantelMcCray
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Move. #catssittingonbooks #whydotheydothis #redclocks by #lenizumas #littlebrownandcompany is a feminist page turner with a magical sense of place. Handmaid‘s Tale meets Moby Dick? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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KimM
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This book is similar to the Handmaid's Tale in that a major theme is reproductive rights. The great thing about this book is that all of the women characters are layered, self-centered and flawed--just like real women. I love that. While she will be compared to Atwood with this book, the author's style is much different. Many will find it choppy but I enjoyed the unusual cadence and flow. Highly recommend. #BOTM