VOX

Christina Dalcher

VOX

Christina Dalcher

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…

[100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

Imagine what it would be like to have the President of a country so warped in his agenda that he takes away the power of speech for half it’s citizens. Limit them to only 100 words a day. Anymore and they get electrocuted by the counter on their wrists. Each word a larger charge. Imagine if you took all women’s jobs away, took away their passports, make them subservient to their husbands. This is the America that Christina Dalcher introduces too in VOX.

I love this kind of dystopia that works on a world not much different from our own. A slight warping is all it takes to make it seem believable. A president who is easily manipulated by the press and christian fundamentalists. He backs the campaign to make women stay at home in this new misogynistic world. It’s a chilling prospect. The bracelets that are given at birth to all females mean that eventually the world will grow up unable to speak, write or read. Soon women will just be there to serve man, their human rights stripped away. Be subversive and you’ll end up in some camp or worse humiliated and executed on live TV.

I loved the way this book drew me in. Ok I was already interested after reading the blurb, but the story is compelling and sucked me in right to the end. It had me at the edge of my seat, biting my lip as events unfurled. It pulled me through an emotional roller-coaster as you never knew which character to trust. My emotions went from taught and edgy to serene with the scenes on the farm.

I’ve read some bad reviews of this book that I think are totally uncalled for. For me this is a five star read. The finish ties everything up quite nicely, leaving it a complete story, no need for a sequel. The writing is good, emotional at times. The suicide still gives me nightmares thinking about what pain they went through. I want more books like this, a dystopia for thinking people.

Star Rating

93%

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