Author: Christina Dalcher
Pages: 384 pages (Paperback)
P.O.V: 1st person
Genre: Political Dystopia, Science Fiction
Publication Date: August 23, 2018
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.
VOX, the debut novel of Christina Dalcher is a political dystopia and is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve EVER read! It has a strong resemblance to the current affairs and is unsettling, chilling, thought evoking and impactful.
It shows you how dangerous political illiteracy can be and the threatening consequences of keeping quite while you still have a voice.
The novel is set in an America where the ‘PURE’ movement has gained momentum. The rights of women were seized over night and were sent back to their homes. Women were not allowed to work or travel or even speak more than 100 words a day. They were not even allowed to receive a mail but only a man had the right to do so.
You will personally relate to EACH of the character in the story. You know Jackie?! The one who’s always in the rallies, shouting at her highest pitch about the ‘minor-est’ inequality they see?! And you of-course know Jeanie. You got to know her. Maybe you even are her, who never fails to tell the Jackies to stop being so hysterical. You probably also know Patrick, who isn’t a misogynist prick but is too polite to call it out! And you also know women like Olivia, who don’t mind being a chattel in a man’s world.
The plot is disturbing and yet very very engaging. Reading it made me so angry. And at the same time it made me feel helpless and suffocated. But mostly, VERY ANGRY. At the society and at myself. Because I know Jeans and maybe I’ve been her too.
My Rating: 5/5
VOX is available in Hardcover, Paperback, and E-book.