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Hazards of time travel / Joyce Carol Oates.

By: Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : 4th Estate, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 324 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780008295455 .Subject(s): Time travel -- Fiction | Wisconsin -- FictionGenre/Form: Science fiction. | Dystopian fiction.DDC classification: 813.54 Summary: 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.
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<p>An ingenious dystopian novel of one young woman's resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society</p> 'Unrelentingly disturbing' Observer<br> <br> 'Taps deep into contemporary anxieties over the rise of surveillance, totalitarian governments and invasive technology' Daily Mail<br> <br> 'Oates is still casting some awfully dark magic' Washington Post<br> <br> When a recklessly idealistic girl in a dystopian future society dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled world, she 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 she falls in love with a fellow exile and starts to question the constraints of her new existence, with results that are both devastating and liberating.<br> <br> Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel is an exquisitely wrought love story, a novel of harrowing discovery - and an oblique but powerful response to our current political climate.

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.

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In a dystopian United States after 9/11, Adriane Strohl is named valedictorian of her high school class. Before she can deliver her valedictory address, she's arrested for treason, having asked questions rather than staying within approved limits for her speech. Because Adriane is only 17, she's exiled-transported-to a college in Wainscotia, WI-in the 1950s. She's given a new name, and a chip is implanted in her brain to prevent her from disclosing information from the future, to muddle her memory of her previous life, and to keep her under surveillance. Adriane struggles to understand what has happened to her, abide by the rules for exiles, and gain something from her college experience. When she discovers that her psychology professor is also an exile, they form a bond, but then he suggests they escape to California, with devastating results. Multi-award-winning author Oates creates a world in which cherished American freedoms have disappeared and technology has risen to include time travel. And in the end, the will to survive outweighs the search for truth. VERDICT Readers of dystopian fiction will enjoy wrapping their minds around this story. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]-Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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