Goals for this recurring blog feature will be to compare a newer releases to similar backlist books that you’ll be able to find in paperback editions.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas this was released in January. If this one is on your waiting list and you’ve already read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, another book to check out would be Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The three of these deal the threads of humanity that remain in a dystopian setting. Red Clocks and The Handmaid’s Tale have the commonality of focusing on women’s reproductive roles, where Station Eleven – focuses on relationships and memory, and family.
“Her talent is electric. Get ready for a shock.” THE GUARDIAN
“A lyrical & beautifully observed reflection on women’s lives.” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A reckoning, a warning, and nothing short of a miracle.” PLOUGHSHARES
“What gives Red Clocks it lingering pungency is how, despite each character’s distinct circumstances, the same features—pregnancy, motherhood, and social expectations—trap and menace them all.” THE NATION
“This provocative exploration of female longing, frustration and determination couldn’t be more timely, yet there’s nothing fleeting about it.” THE WASHINGTON POST
“A thoughtful, complicated picture of womanhood—and a fierce argument for individual choice.” THE ATLANTIC
“Ambitious, magnificent … Mandel’s vision is not only achingly beautiful but startlingly plausible, exposing the fragile beauty of the world we inhabit. In the burgeoning postapocalyptic literary genre, Mandel’s transcendent, haunting novel deserves a place alongside The Road, The Passage, and The Dog Stars. ”
– Kristine Huntley, Booklist (starred)
“A beautiful and unsettling book, the action moves between the old and new world, drawing connections between the characters and their pasts and showing the sweetness of life as we know it now and the value of friendship, love and art over all the vehicles, screens and remote controls that have been rendered obsolete. Mandel’s skill in portraying her post-apocalyptic world makes her fictional creation seem a terrifyingly real possibility. Apocalyptic stories once offered the reader a scary view of an alternative reality and the opportunity, on putting the book down, to look around gratefully at the real world. This is a book to make its reader mourn the life we still lead and the privileges we still enjoy. ”
– Sunday Express