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Time Zero
by Carolyn Cohagan


Overview - Fifteen-year-old Mina Clark lives in a future Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. Girls aren't allowed to get an education, they need permission to speak to boys, and all marriages are negotiated by contract. But Mina's grandmother has secretly been teaching her to read, leading Mina down a path of rebellion, romance, and danger that not only threatens to destroy her family's reputation, it could get Mina killed.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fifteen-year-old Mina Clark lives in a future Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. Girls aren't allowed to get an education, they need permission to speak to boys, and all marriages are negotiated by contract. But Mina's grandmother has secretly been teaching her to read, leading Mina down a path of rebellion, romance, and danger that not only threatens to destroy her family's reputation, it could get Mina killed. Suspenseful and empowering, Time Zero is about what it's like to be powerless, underestimated, and manipulated and what it takes to go against society to assert who you actually want to be.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781631520723
  • ISBN-10: 1631520725
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 432
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.56 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Dystopian
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Girls & Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Set on a walled-off, near-future Manhattan, this powerfully realized dystopian tale introduces Mina Clark, a strong-willed 15-year-old who struggles bitterly against the misogynistic, Taliban-like religious culture that she has grown up with. Plagued by a social climber of a mother, Mina is forced into an engagement with Damon Archer, the degenerate son of her father’s boss, only to discover that their religion’s strict prohibitions against alcohol, material wealth, and extramarital sexual alliances don’t apply to the powerful. Outraged, Mina fights back when Damon molests her, then attempts to escape from Manhattan with Juda, Damon’s good-hearted servant. Cohagan (The Lost Children) opens her story with a quote from Malala Yousafzai, (“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one”), and the Pakistani teen turned activist may well have been a model for Mina, who has illegally been taught to read by her eccentric grandmother and dares to protest the public stoning of an innocent woman. Featuring strong characters and crisp writing, this is a solid first entry in a series worth keeping an eye on. Ages 12–up. (May)

 
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