Hazards of Time Travel

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      * Hazards of Time Travel. By Joyce Carol Oates. Nov. 2018.336p. Ecco, $26.99 (9780062319593). Adriane knows that it's risky to reveal that one thinks [...]
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      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      SEAMAN, D. Hazards of Time Travel. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 115, n. 2, p. 22, 2018. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 7 jul. 2020.
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      Seaman D. Hazards of Time Travel. Booklist. 2018;115(2):22. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875. Accessed July 7, 2020.
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      Seaman D. Hazards of Time Travel. Booklist. 2018;115(2):22. Accessed July 7, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875
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      Seaman, D. (2018, September 15). Hazards of Time Travel. Booklist, 115(2), 22.
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      Seaman, Donna. 2018. “Hazards of Time Travel.” Booklist, September 15. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875.
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      Seaman, D. (2018) ‘Hazards of Time Travel’, Booklist, 15 September, p. 22. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 7 July 2020).
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      Seaman, D 2018, ‘Hazards of Time Travel’, Booklist, vol. 115, no. 2, p. 22, viewed 7 July 2020, .
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      Seaman, Donna. “Hazards of Time Travel.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 2, Sept. 2018, p. 22. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875.
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      Seaman, Donna. “Hazards of Time Travel.” Booklist, September 15, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875.
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      Seaman D. Hazards of Time Travel. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 Sep 15 [cited 2020 Jul 7];115(2):22. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.556571628&custid=s3443875


Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2

*Starred Review* Adriane knows that it's risky to reveal that one thinks for one's self, yet, as high-school valedictorian, she cannot play it safe and is promptly arrested for her inquisitive graduation speech. Deemed an Exiled Individual, which is slightly better than a Deleted Individual, she is sent to Zone 9 and shackled to a new identity and tyrannical rules. Traumatized and bewildered, she struggles to survive as Mary Ellen, a freshman at a Wisconsin college where the library is filled with actual books and phones are enormous and stationary. Yes, Adriane has been exiled to the past, to 1959, 80 years back. Adriane/Mary Ellen is nearly paralyzed with fear, until she becomes convinced that a young, attractive psychology professor is a fellow Exile. Within a tautly suspenseful, wryly incisive tale of a daring truth-seeker and forbidden love, of the dawn of behavioral psychology and the weaponizing of virtual realities, Oates probes the diabolical, shape-shifting nature of authoritarianism and the timeless valor of dissent. While in this clever, brain-twisting, Poe-like fable she looks to the past and the future to dramatize the vulnerability of the psyche, the fragility of freedom, and the catastrophic consequences of repressing intelligence, independence, and creativity, what Oates illuminates is the present. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Oates is always provocative, but this tensile dystopian tale will magnetize readers in a whole new mode. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 June #2

Before she discovers the hazards of time travel, Oates's defiant heroine learns the hazards of pushing the envelope in her restrictive future world—she's sent back 80 years to Wainscotia, WI. She can't keep herself from questioning constraints there, too, or falling in love with another exile, never mind that she's supposed to be rehabilitating herself. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 November #1

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 Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 September #1

Oates's eerie dystopian novel (following Beautiful Days) is set both in New Jersey circa 2039 and in Wisconsin in 1959. In 2039, 17-year-old Adriane Strohl, who narrates, is to be her graduating class's valedictorian. Doing well in school is encouraged, but doing too well can get you noticed by the authorities in the "True Democracy" of the North American States (NAS), where equality is nominally espoused though not truly enacted (people of color and women are given decidedly short shrift). After Adriane's outspoken commencement speech, she's arrested by Homeland Security for treason and ultimately cast out of modern society and teleported to 1959 Wisconsin, where she's to attend Wainscotia State University as Mary Ellen Enright and be reeducated in the hope that she can eventually return to her own time. She's told she will be under constant surveillance and must never reveal her true identity. There, she becomes convinced that her psychology instructor, Dr. Ira Wolfman, is a fellow exile. As she falls for Wolfman, she begins to question everything about the restrictive world she left. Oates weaves a feeling of constant menace and paranoia throughout as Adriane struggles to remember her old life and adjust to her new one. The conclusion is surprising and ambiguous, leaving readers to question their own perception of events, making for a memorable novel. (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.