Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hazards of Time Travel

Paths. From the discomfort of the present, Joyce Carol Oates projects to the future and revisits the past in a finely written dystopian novel titled, Hazards of Time Travel. A high school valedictorian in the future uses her commencement speech to exert independence and ask her classmates a series of question. Her behavior doesn’t suit the norms of society, so she finds herself sent to the past for rehabilitation in 1950s Wainscotia, Wisconsin. Oates doesn’t need to tell readers about all the details of both past and future: she makes the settings atmospheric and we fill in the gaps. Our young female protagonist becomes our eyes and ears in both settings. We have many paths projecting from today toward the future. Oates offers one that should scare every reader. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Hazards of Time Travel from amazon.com.

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