Vox

Vox

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ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'S AND SHEREADS' BOOKS TO READ AFTER THE HANDMAID'S TALE
"[An] electrifying debut."-- O, The Oprah Magazine * "The real-life parallels will make you shiver."-- Cosmopolitan

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.

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.

This is just the beginning...not the end.

One of Good Morning America 's "Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer"
One of PopSugar, Refinery29, Entertainment Weekly , Bustle, Real Simple , i09, and Amazon's Best Books to Read in August 2018
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780440000785
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm

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emilyhart66
Oct 05, 2020

While not as well written or as richly developed as The Handmaid's Tale Vox does have its moments. I got the feeling that Vox was written with the intention of making it into a movie -- one with a deus ex machina finish.

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Rita_Maria
Mar 29, 2020

I thought this book was just awful and can't find one redeeming quality about it. When it wasn't seeming like a complete rip-off of The Handmaid's Tale, it was very unbelievable and also boring. I won't be reading another book by this author.

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sunnyblonde
Mar 14, 2020

I really think every woman should read this book. Not only is it well written but it could happen. When one looks at how fast women in countries like Iran lost their rights, you can actually believe that something like this could happen to us. A MUST read for any woman who wants to maintain her rights, and even more so if you are disappointed with how little progress we have made towards equality.

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carolarens
Oct 09, 2019

Written to scare women from religion and right politics. Extreme left political proposals such as the New Green Deal are just as scary - imagine no meat, no air travel, no choice, etc.

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RustyReader9
Sep 18, 2019

Powerful and Terrifying!

We often say "that would never happen here", but the reality is, with a blink of an eye, citizens rights can easily be taken away. It takes a single group or a single-minded person in power to enact such insidious laws.

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metzger235
Aug 08, 2019

This book had a lot of promise but fell short in a few areas.

As others have mentioned, the ending felt particularly rushed; hardly surprising given that the author admits it was written in two months. Everything was wrapped up quite conveniently (the central love triangle, in particular). An eleventh-hour deus ex (vox?) machina was poorly explained and jarring. The characters were never asked to make the truly difficult choices that define this sort of genre.

The writing was...okay. That it's a debut work of fiction is obvious. Strange word choices (what is an "oil drop eye"?), unclear transitions from present to past, awkward dialogue (who calls a child dipping his toes into authoritarianism "kiddo"?), and potentially interesting characters introduced and never properly fleshed out (looking at you, Sharon, Del, Olivia...). Even Sonia, an ostensibly main character, deserved so much more depth than she received.

The villains are all cartoonishly awful. A really great novel in this genre will make you feel conflicted about them. The Waterfords are a great example here. The "next phase" of the evil government's plan seems way over the top, even considering the genre. What purpose does the plan serve? Certainly not increased piety. It's a bit nonsensical considering they could just reduce all the women to zero with ultimately the same effect.
It was a quick, mostly entertaining read, but I wanted more world-building and less contrived action/adventure.

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Janet5539
Jul 25, 2019

First novel from a talented, insightful author. The plot has uncanny similarities of past and present scenarios that hopefully never become future reality. Females comprise 50.8% of the world’s population; however, typically the world is and has been male oriented. Vox portrays what can happen when women’s rights are eroded.

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happycanuck
Jul 18, 2019

It was hard to put down once I got into it. Would have given it a much higher rating but it became lacking in details as to how certain events actually transpired. In many places, the timelines were much too tight to be credible.

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shrewe
Jun 13, 2019

Dalcher's theocratic dystopia starts out looking like another version of Margaret Atwood's Gilead--but with the potential to become much, much worse. Remember the "fems" in Suzy McKee Charnas' post-apocalyptic "Walk to the End of the World" - ? The women of this imagined "Pure" America would not even be able to function at that level, if the theocrat-in-chief has his way...

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Charlea1
Mar 25, 2019

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It has somewhat of a handmaid's tale but loosely. But when you read it as a woman you can completely relate to it.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Suicide

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Sexual Content: Infidelity

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Coarse Language: Expletives scattered throughout

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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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