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Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks

by Leni Zumas

Quick take

In a futuristic Amerca where abortion is illegal, four women cope with the weight of these laws and societal expectations.

Good to know

  • Feminist

  • Social issues


  • High concept plot structure
  • Some experimental writing not pertinent to main plot
  • Unlikable characters

Why I love it

Don’t let the pink and red cover fool you. Red Clocks is no romance or "beach read." Instead, it is a frightening dystopian novel about what happens when politicians successfully manage to push back on women’s reproductive rights little by little, until none are left at all.

In Lena Zumas’s near-future America, The Personhood Amendment has made both abortion and in-vitro fertilization illegal...


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    January 2018