Book Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Target Audience: Fiction, Dystopian
Publication date: August 21st 2018
Format: Kindle and Audio Book
One thing I learned from Jackie: you can’t protest what you don’t see coming.
Why I chose this?
A lad I used to work with previously read this book a little while ago and couldn’t recommend this enough to me knowing I like feminism books and such. I had this in my Kindle library for a while and I forgot about it.
What it’s about
Silence can be deafening.
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…
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What I Thought
I got stuck into this world where women are only allowed to speak one hundred words a day and I felt like this could be a real future for us which is a horrifying thought. The idea of this was really good however, it seemed to have missed the mark slightly for me.
Don’t get me wrong it was an easy read, even with eighty chapters (I honestly didn’t realise how short they would be).
Now for some bad points.
- Jean was unlikable and this time next month I’d have likely forgotten her name.
- Some characters underdeveloped such as Jean’s twins. Out of her four children we only really hear about Steven and his Pure beliefs and Sonia who is the only girl who is in the same position as Jean with the counter even at six years old. Do her middle two not mean anything?
- The author made it seem like it was Jean’s fault for not voting.
- I read through that book for that ending and just wow. The ending to me felt really rushed and didn’t pack the punch I had was anticipating.
I may try reading another one of the author’s books but I wasn’t hugely impressed with this book.
Have you read VOX? Let me know in the comments