Time Zero

Time Zero

by Carolyn Cohagan


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Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631520723
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 05/16/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 669,821
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Cohagan has an extensive theater background. She has performed stand-up and one-woman shows at festivals around the world from Adelaide to Edinburgh. Her first novel, The Lost Children (Simon & Schuster, 2010), became part of the Scholastic Book Club in 2011 and was nominated for the 2014 Massachusetts Children's Book Award. After two decades of living in New York and Los Angeles, she returned to her hometown of Austin, TX, to found the creative writing organization Girls With Pens, which is dedicated to fostering individual voices and offbeat imaginations. Visit her at www.carolyncohagan.com.

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Time Zero 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I don't know about you guys, but I love a good YA dystopian, especially when it gives The Handmaid's Tale vibes. Therefore, when I caught wind of Carolyn Cohagan's Time Zero, I knew I had to read it! As it turns out, Time Zero was a compelling, fast paced, and thought provoking addition to YA lit, perfect for adults and teens alike. One of my favorite aspects of Time Zero was the world in which Carolyn Cohagan created within its pages. Time Zero takes place in a futuristic New York City, where the citizens of the city are living in an oppressive time. Woman are forced to cover their bodies and faces at all times so that they don't tempt a man. They aren't allowed to read or work. They aren't allowed to speak first to a man. Instead, they must wait for the man to speak to them. The rules go on and on. They were crazy and ridiculous yet frighteningly real - Carolyn based them on religious rules found throughout the world, even in the United States. My heart ached for Mina and the women of her world, especially when the worst of the cruelty was shown on the page. Part of me couldn't believe that this could happen, but another part of me, could believe it, because rules and punishments that Mina faced are rules women are facing at this exact moment. It was eye-opening and thought-provoking. I fully applaud Carolyn for taking on this incredibly hard topic/world building. She did a fantastic job with it, and I hope that this read makes into the hands of girls around the world. Moving on, the plot of this continues a lot of mystery and suspense. At the start of the book, Mina believes she knows everything there is to know about her world and her grandmother, she thinks everything is black-and-white; however, as the story progresses, so many big revelations come out of the woodwork, ones that shake Mina's world. I was often glued to the pages, dying to know what would happen next. I wanted to know more about Mina's world and the secrets that lied within. Additionally, I wanted to know what was beyond the walls. The one part of this book that I had difficulty with was the characters. Don't get me wrong, I liked Mina...I felt for her...I rooted for her to find a way to get out of the terrible things that were coming her way. However, at the same time, I lacked a good connection with her, sometimes I just couldn't understand the things she was doing, the certain risks she was taking for people she barely knew. Also, her romance with Juda felt slightly forced...I didn't always feel the connection there, which again made it hard for me to connect with her character as well as his. I'm hoping, though, the sequel will be able to connect me more to Mina. Regardless of my slight issue, Time Zero is still a worthwhile read. I look forward to reading the sequel! Grade: B *This review originally appeared on Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf*
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite Walls separate Manhattan from the rest of the world and strict religious laws govern its inhabitants, the women in particular, in Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan. Mina is fifteen years old and it’s the day of her offering, a ceremony to arrange her marriage. If that wasn’t bad enough, her beloved grandmother is in hospital after a fall. This presents an urgent situation, for Nana has secretly been teaching Mina to read. To protect them both from the Teachers, Mina must retrieve the Primer. She does this, but finds herself in a dangerous situation when she attempts to prevent a public stoning. A boy called Juda rescues her, and their fledgling romance ends before it can begin when Mina becomes engaged to Juda’s boss, Damon Asher. Mina soon discovers that the rich and powerful Ashers aren’t as pious as they appear, and a sequence of disastrous events leads her to realise that salvation may lie with the leaf Nana left in the Primer. Mina is an inspiring heroine. She’s bold and gutsy within the restraints placed on her by society, and positively daring when it comes to her early interactions with Juda. Fascinating dynamics govern the relationships Mina has with her family, as well as her interactions with her future mother-in-law. My one complaint is that I don’t understand how such an extreme, patriarchal religion could hail a woman as a prophet. That said, I feel it could’ve worked if the author had developed the idea more. However, Time Zero surpassed my expectations. Carolyn Cohagan intertwines an important narrative about misogyny with a web of intrigue that culminates in jaw-dropping plot twists.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris (age 16) for Reader Views (11/16) Upon observing “Time Zero” by Carolyn Cohagan, I was astonished and pulled in by the cover as well as the synopsis. The reviews on the back of the book also allowed me a “foot in” and a sneak peek as to what I was initially getting into. The author's main plot revolves around a girl named Mina Clark, and the observation and identification of the different lifestyles of girls around the world, portrayed through Mina's experiences, ways such as arranged marriages or not being allowed to go out without a man, etc. Mina thrived and survived through the challenges and then faced a much greater bump in the road that brought light to what she can really do, knowing how to read, and being in control of what she can do. The author was very successful in carrying out her purpose by pulling in and demonstrating real life instances. Cohagan is a wonderful author and storyteller, providing imagery in her stories and just simply letting the story flow, never repeating the same stuff as she always has more to tell. The book seems best suited primarily for young adults interested in adventure, as well as what's going on in this world. I would recommend it to all orientations and genders, as well as readers age 14 and up, as there are extremist standpoints and such correlated into a story that a younger audience might not understand. I felt as if I was a part in the story, in Mina’s shoes as she struggled through what she went through in her life. Cohagan had a great story line and topic and did a splendid job writing and making it come to life. I enjoyed every part, except for the way they treated the women in the novel. I gave “Time Zero” a 5-star rating, not only because Carolyn Cohagan is a great novelist, but because the storyline was great as well. I really enjoyed the book and will definitely read it again as she has a wonderful writing style. Mina wasn't “just” a girl in this novel, but a girl that never gave up, no matter the situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly beautiful. I tend to enjoy dystopian novels but this one is up at the top lf my list. Its relatable because you know that these rules are true, which makes it all the more disturbing to know that some girl or woman is dealing with this right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me feel for these characters . ..,loved it... ending left me on the edge... Please write book 2 very soon. It really got me thinking about women in cults and those in oppressive situations. It made me feel lucky. I cannot wait to read the next one. Loved so many of the characters. Especially Nana.