Book Review - Red Clocks

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Red Clocks - Leni Zumas

Red Clocks follows the story of five women in a near futuristic world where abortion and in-vitro fertilisation is banned. All of the women are from very different backgrounds but all of them are connected in one way or another.

I actually really enjoyed this novel. I was compelled by the concept and even more compelled by the characters. It was one of those novels where there wasn’t really much of storyline, but there was so much that happened. There was a trial that reminded me a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird and whole thing had a very The Handmaid’s Tale vibe to it, but it was a very unique story that I still think about months after I’ve read it.

I found the writing style to be extremely odd and it took a lot of getting used to. The story had five different perspectives going on, and the chapters never opened with their real names, it was always ‘the biographer’ or ‘the mender’ and sometimes the chapter heading would run on into the text (if that makes any sense). It did take me a while to get my head around it, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

While I liked all of the characters individually for their own specific reasons, the character I loved most was Mattie. She gets pregnant when she is just a teenager and I really felt for her. I felt for her because I wasn’t a teenager that long ago and I could really imagine how scared she was.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book because of the controversial message that is in it. Its refreshing to see a book where there is no fighting for a revolution and just follows the evrryday life of people struggling with this new world.

4/5

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