Book Review for VOX by Christina Dalcher
VOX by Christina Dalcher
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional, smart, and thought provoking novel bringing us into the world where not all voices are treated equal.
Bottom line...VOX is brilliant. The writing is just as powerful as it is elegant. The story is scary because there is so much truth behind the words. It takes everything I loved about THE HANDMAIDS TALE by Margaret Atwood and ups the ante.
What a world to live in. The grit of the reality facing these characters is harrowing. Many times, I was shocked at how the United States could fall under control of such obviously distorted views, but then the author unveils the why. She peels back each layer of how Jean's life became what it is when we meet her.
This distinctly feminist narrative brings to light an issue of equality in a supremely intelligent and impactful way. However, this is still a fiction so the reader will be entertained. The plot, the characters, and the suspense of what will happen will keep your interest until the very end.
As many novels which strive to open our minds and force us to see real life in fiction, VOX showed me how easy it can be to fall down the slope of oppression and into a totalitarian regime. It is not the giant leaps we need to worry about. It is the small steps we don't pay attention to or react to. We are living in a world we create, so make your voice heard.
Simply stated. This is a must read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Set in a United States in which 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 one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning...
Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard.
...not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
About the Author: Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities. Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred journals worldwide. Recognition includes the Bath Flash Award short list, nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and multiple other awards. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 21, 2018)
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