Author: Christina Dalcher
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
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Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning.
Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Imagine a world in which women and girls have no voice. Every word is counted and carefully considered before being uttered out loud. Girls are no longer taught how to read and write; even sign language and non-verbal gestures are restricted—and the punishment can be deadly. All they have is 100 words each day. Men, however, are allowed to read, write, sign, and speak freely. That’s the premise behind Vox.
While this seems like a far-fetched, unrealistic concept, the author does an incredible job of explaining away any theoretical loopholes or inconsistencies. It’s written in such a way that it makes you believe this could really happen—which is a terrifying thought! The entire time I was reading it, I tried to visualize how I would handle living in a world like this, and to be completely honest, I know I would have a hard time surviving it for long. However, the protagonist of the story, Jean, is a much stronger woman than I am. She never gives up or accepts the new status quo, even though by the beginning of the book, it has been this way for a while now and it seems like there is no chance of it ever changing back to what it was before.
Jean has no choice but to follow the rules and stay under her allotted 100 word limit each day. Still, she finds ways to make those words count. She bravely forges on, doing whatever it takes to try to give her young daughter the best quality of life, while also trying to keep her husband and sons empathetic towards the struggles of women (rather than embracing their new elevated status in society). Until one day, Jean decides to risk everything fighting to get her voice back.
If you’re looking for a book with a strong female lead character, this is the book for you! Vox is a unique, thought-provoking, and timely read that is sure to stick with you for a long time after you put it down. I highly recommend it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.