Vox – Christina Dalcher
Did you enjoy Power or The Handmaid’s Tale? Do you like your dystopia to be politically edged and scarily true to life? Well, you’re going to love this!
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.
Fun Fact, when I was about 10 pages from the end of my arc of this, I mentioned on Twitter that I thought this was my favourite book of the month and Christina Dalcher responded to say thank you. #ClaimToFame.
Anyway, at the point that I’m writing this (18th August) Vox is my favourite thing I’ve read this month.
While it would be easy to simply say this is a modern Handmaid’s Tale, there is a lot more to this book. This is present-day America, a president playing on people’s fears has gained power, he is heavily influenced by an extremist using his own interpretation of the Christian bible to instill bizarre rules on the population. All females, we’re talking from birth, are treated like objects, they are to be seen, not heard. So much so that they are all fitted with a bracelet that counts how many words they say each day and if they hit 100, they’re electrocuted. Just imagine that, children being electrocuted for reading aloud or talking to their parents. Our main character is Jean, who before this revolution, was a neurolinguist and an incredibly successful doctor. Now, she has been stripped of her title, her job, everything. All she can do is say 100 words a day and look after her children. How is that a life?
This is such a complex book. It’s so much more than a dystopia, Jean has moments of horror watching her children conform to this new way of life. She feels pangs of hatred for her husband purely because he let this happen to her. She feels fear for her young daughter and her friends. It is a politically driven story that takes a lot from what is happening in America right now.
If you want to read something that will make you think and question, pick this one up!