Book Review: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

“Don’t borrow worry.”

Book Rating

3.5/5

Book Review

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas certainly makes you think. It’s set in a dystopian future, where abortion is illegal, adoption can only take place for married couples, where women don’t have much of a say. Perhaps one of my favorite concepts out of this book is the Pink Wall, a figurative wall that doesn’t allow Americans to cross into the Canadian border for abortions. The symbolism is outstanding in this book; it’s a book that makes me think the author thought out every single word.

The characters are referred to the entire book by their defining qualities. “The Wife”, “The Daughter”, “The Biographer”, “The Mender”. Each character seemed to have a different voice, and different way of thinking and talking. Some of this I found confusing, short and choppy.

Now, the book is advertised as the modern-day Handmaid’s Tale, which I don’t think I reviewed on this blog, but I’ve definitely read and honestly, didn’t really like. However, comparing the two, I think the Haindmaid’s Tale is much more dystopian. Red Clocks is terrifying because it strips away women’s rights, but in a way that is a bit more believable, in a way that politician’s argue for in the modern day. While thought-provoking, I can just say I didn’t get into it. Honestly, it was written almost too choppily. If I were to write in the style of this book about my life, it would be something like this:

Opened book.

Turned page.

Moved eyes.

Can’t focus.

Eyes blur.

Closed book.

Turned on music.

Opened book again.

Finally finished book.

It was interesting at times, but repeated it got tiring to read. Also, it flipped between the characters quickly, and it took me a long time to figure out who was who, because in the text it refers to them by name, but when it’s their section, it refers to them by their “defining word.”

Anyway. Red Clocks is good. Thought-provoking. A contemporary dystopian novel that isn’t hard to believe could actually happen. Just wasn’t really my cup of tea.

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