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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. 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. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780440000785
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 11, 2018

DNF. Two stars for the concept, but only one based on execution. The author needed a more experienced fiction writer to make a pass at this. The dialogue is especially abysmal. I really had high hopes, so this review hurts.

Beatricksy Dec 03, 2018

In a book about big air quotes feminism, a man saves the day. She doesn't do all that much, in the end. And that end came too quickly; I guess there was some build up, but suddenly the book was just over, and nothing felt resolved at all.

Dialogue sounds like a screenplay: no one actually talks like the spunky lesbian activist does. It reads like a tumblr-social-activist post. No one actually talks like these characters. They're all stereotypes (the good housewife next door with a naughty daughter, the big buff brick wall guard who helps them, the chirpy lesbian activist, the big bad religious puppeteer controlling the stupid president, that sexy Italian who can do no wrong). There's no dimension here, nothing to grab on to when you're reading about the slippery slope plot that tries so hard to be so relevant that it plummets well past the sensible-plot marker and goes screaming into the depths.

The anti-religion message was relentless and angry, but offered no replacement. And the author tried so hard to make it seem like it could really happen...and I still felt unimpressed. There's no subtlety. There's a wall. There's a literal wall, like, the one they currently want to build along the southern border. It's been built here, and it keeps Americans in. It's also been spray painted with "DO YOU GET IT YET" in giant letters, because Dalcher doesn't think you've gotten her point yet.

Go read Handmaiden's Tale again. This is just a cash-cow trying to take advantage of the television adaptation's popularity. It offers nothing new, merely blows current politics waaaay out of proportion without offering anything in return.

Nov 15, 2018

Deeply disturbing. It couldn't happen here ...could it?

Nov 14, 2018

Not as intense as the Handmaids Tale but along the same theme. Easy to read.

SPL_HEATHERL Nov 14, 2018

Please see summary section for a full review of this book.

JCLDianeH Oct 18, 2018

I both enjoyed this book and was horrified by the possibility that what happened in Vox could actually happen.

Oct 06, 2018

This was definitely a page-turner with its short chapters and quick transitions. I found this book extremely eerie, dark, and engrossing. Each time I put it down, I found that I was so involved with the book I felt I could not speak, much as the female characters in the book were not allowed to.
It really gets your inner Feminist fired up, as well.
I thought of this one as a mix between The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games. I've heard some mixed reviews about Vox, but I personally enjoyed its entirety. The only aspect I didn't love was the quick and neat conclusion (hence the .5 deduction). I wish the author would have taken more time with it. Although everyone loves a "happy" ending, I'm not sure if I was satisfied with how she finished the book off.

Banks_SusanC Oct 02, 2018

This is a page-turner with a great premise! It's best not to think too long and hard about it, just enjoy the book for the dark romp that it is.

JCLKariE Sep 22, 2018

Vox has a fascinating premise! All females are fitted with bracelets that count the number of words they speak each day. If they exceed the 100 words, they receive an increasingly strong jolt of electricity for each additional word. The Pure Movement has overtaken the United States forcing women out of the workplace. The Pure goal is to completely silence women and return to "simpler" times where misogyny rules. I want this novel to be amazing. However, it needs a little help to fine tune a few plot points.

Sep 18, 2018

Did I miss something? Here I am, enjoying the book - right up until the end. Seemed to me like it needed about another six chapters to explain how the 'plan' came to fruition, not just end saying that "it did". SPOILER ALERT DON'T READ ON How was the serum administered, and how did it end up being administered only to those for whom it was intended? How was Patrick shot? Et-frustrating-cetera!!! Whilst in the enjoyment section, I found the book well written and pacy, in fact I was finding it hard to put down and then ... BAM! Nothing. I'll be interested to see if anyone else felt this way :(

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Aug 01, 2018

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SPL_HEATHERL Nov 14, 2018

Are you a fan of dystopian fiction? Have you been avidly watching the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale? If this is the case then Christina Dalcher's VOX might be good choice for your next read.

VOX imagines a world where women have no rights, are totally subservient, and are forced to wear bracelets that count the number of words they speak each day. They must choose what they want to say carefully because the bracelet administers an electric shock if they speak over one hundred words. Their lives are spent raising their children and providing for their families. They are isolated, with no access to conversation, computers, books and information generally. What they can watch on television is highly regulated.
This is the world in which the main character, Jean McClellan lives with her husband, her three sons and her daughter. She watches in desperation as the school curriculum educates her high school aged son to believe that women should have no rights. She sees her young daughter being rewarded at school for managing to get through a day without speaking a single word.
McClellan decides to change things and her opportunity comes when the President's brother suffers a health crisis. In her old life McClellan had been a research scientist, but in this new world women are prohibited from working outside the house. She is now asked to rejoin the team that was previously working on a cure for the very condition from which the President’s brother is suffering.

VOX will inevitably be compared to the Handmaid's Tale which has found new popularity in its often accurate portrayal of present administrations. VOX starts with the present time and looks at a not so distant future where it is possible to imagine the rights of women and girls have been totally eroded. Dalcher has the benefit of looking at the policies of the present US administration and the rise of the Me Too movement and crafting a novel that feeds into our fears of what might happen.
Thought provoking and controversial, I think VOX will start some great conversations about what could happen when citizens become complacent and don’t challenge their governments.


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