Thursday, March 15, 2018
A "colleague" review of "Red Clock": does "every child need two"?
It isn’t often that I feature “somebody else’s” book review, but Kathi Wolfe has a great account of the new novel “Red Clock” by Leni Zumas (Little Brown [a “real” publisher], 2018, 368 pages). The review is in the Washington Blade, March 9, "Viewpoint", p. 19.
The novel, set in a dystopian future and probably capable of generating another LionsGate-like movie franchise, imagines a future where surrogacy and abortion has been forbidden, single people can’t adopt, and there is an “Every Child Needs Two” law. Oh, it sounds so much like Rick Santorum a few years ago, or maybe Pat Buchanan before that.
It almost sounds like procreation is mandatory for everybody so that everyone else can find a partner.
I’m more interested, as a writer, in how a society becomes dystopian: but with Russian meddling in our social media, weaker social capital, and a certain background complacency, all leading us to have a “President Poopiepants”, we can imagine how it starts. It's about a lot more than phony religious freedom laws .