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Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas

emk's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

katie_konneker's review against another edition

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challenging medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

bookswithemilyfox's review against another edition

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1.0

DNFed at 20%.

I just couldn't get into it!

brownbeachcurls's review against another edition

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challenging dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

nd2712's review

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4.0

I very kindly received this book as an e-arc through Netgalley and HarperCollins UK.

More like a 3.5. It really only picked up by about halfway through and that was enough to push me through.

I can see why people are hailing this novel as the next 'The Handmaids Tale', because the similarities between the two books ring surprisingly clear. However, this dystopia presents us with a future that, in the current political climate, doesn't seem too distant. In this future, the Personhood Amendment reverses Roe vs Wade and now, abortion is illegal and those who attempt to provide it can be sentenced to life in prison. This is a really interesting novel that just didn't really pick up until about halfway through, when you start to be able to differentiate between the four women that this book revolves around. A lot of it kind of feels like filler, building up for something that isn't hugely well paid off by the end of the novel. However, I did enjoy it, and I definitely devoured the last half of this book. It felt much more relevant than the first half.

'Red Clocks' was released in the UK on 16th January 2018.

bookfeast101's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes

5.0

aneides's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5*

Calling this book speculative fiction might be overstating it a bit--some of its predictions have already arrived. The world in this book doesn't feel any different than our current world which, on reflection, may make it a little scarier.

The book was assembled skillfully, with effectively deployed repetitions and a completely external plot (the biography that one of the characters is writing) that is--to a degree--interesting, although the point the author is trying to make with it is a bit weak.

Nevertheless, worth a read.

entropydoc's review

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challenging dark emotional informative mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

jussery's review

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funny tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

bmartin's review

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dark sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

4.25