Vox by Christina Dalcher –Review

Screenshot_2018-07-27-13-59-42-1.jpegSummary: 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.

Review: 4 stars

Vox is a dystopian novel that feels all too real. Women are limited to only speaking 100 words a day in this story that follows one woman who might actually be able to be able to change that. This story shocked me. It is too easy to see how something like this could happen. Our political climate now is full of extremes on both sides. it is scary hos possible this novel felt. I think a good dystopian feels like it could actually happen, and this book felt real.

The characters were amazing. The way people react in extreme situations is not always good. People stand by and take videos of brutal fights and attacks rather than intervene. When horror is nation wide, the bystander effect is all too present. Many people like to think that they would react, but the reality is that most people look out for themselves. This was shown with characters who stood by and did nothing in this novel. Of course there are those brave souls who do stand up for those they love, and they were present in this novel as well.

The plot was horrific, but done so well. I found myself captivated by this story. Of course a novel like this really gets you thinking. I would not consider myself a feminist and I could see myself believing that, in the beginning, some people were over reacting, until suddenly I found myself with my rights taken from me. It really made me think about how important it truly is to have a voice and freedom. One hundred words are really not a lot, to be limited to that would be horrible.

I found this novel to be interesting, thought provoking and very well written. Dystopian novels like this are always a bit allegorical in nature. I think this is an important novel, not just for entertainment, but to remind everyone how important freedom really is, and to make sure that we don’t ever lose it. This was an awesome read and I would suggest it to almost anyone. Also, if you like this book you should check out Flawed and you can find my review on that book here. It is a dystopian also about an extreme government, that doesn’t feel too far from reality.

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  1. Penguin Random House is offering me an ARC of this book, and I’m debating if I should take it or not. This does sound interesting, if a touch derivative of Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale.

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    1. I liked it a lot better than Handmaid’s Tale. I’d take the ARC. Atwood’s style is feels a little disconnected from the characters in my opinion. I think her plots are great, but don’t love her writing.

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