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.

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  • Feminist

  • Social Issues

Why I love it

Don’t let the pink and red cover fool you. Red Clocks is no romance or 'œbeach 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 illega...


Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, iden...

Member thoughts

36% Love
46% Like
15% Dislike
  • Molly C.

    New Haven, CT

    "Terrifying and necessary read. The subtle but life-changing nature of the impact of the restrictions in this book feels all too real. "

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "A future that’s only a few passed laws away. I loved how this was able to convey the different perspectives of different women, yet unite them when it mattered most-just as I feel we (should)do IRL. "

  • Holly B.

    Gearhart, OR

    "Strong narrative addressing women’s rights and control of women’s bodies. Very timely. Outstanding. "

  • Jamie K.

    Morrow, OH

    "This book was very weird. But I really loved it. It was very thought provoking for what would happen if abortions are outlawed!"

  • Krystal F.

    Garrison, NY

    "I kept reading and thinking this is hitting a little too close to home. I love a book that stirs up my emotion. "

  • Cortney S.

    Plant City , FL

    "As a woman I adored this book. It touched on so many emotions. I loved each of the characters and what they were going through. Such a thoughtful read."

  • Karen E.

    Kansas City, MO

    "I loved everything about this, from the experimental writing style to the intimate look at how anti-choice legislation affects the lives of four very different women. "

  • Dylan D.

    Westminster , CO

    "Beautifully written and scarily relevant."

  • Megan A.

    Kansas City, MO

    "An excellent way to walk in the shoes of connected women who are very different and most desperately want very different things. "

  • erin s.

    san francisco, CA

    "The style of writing and structuring of this book is incredible! The content of the stories, the way they weave together, and the brokenness of each character draws you in."

  • Kendall B.

    Charleston, SC

    "Red Clocks is not only entertaining but will keep you thinking long after you've finished. A must read! "