ARC Book Review | Vox by Christina Dalcher

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Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Publish Date: August 21, 2018 by Berkley
# of Pages: 326
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(From Goodreads) 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.

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Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)

Quality of Writing
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Pace
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Plot Development
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Ending
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Characters
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Enjoyability
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Overall Rating
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Vox by Christina Dalcher is a startling book that features women’s rights in a whole new way. Imagine if half the population was silenced. Imagine if it was only the women who lost their voices. When linguistics scientist Dr. Jean McClellan is asked to help find a cure for aphasia, she gets her voice back. Unshackled, she speaks for those who can’t speak themselves.

This book was alarming, yet powerful. It seems so foreign–the concept of women not being allowed to hold jobs, girls not educated in schools, and women’s voices treated as unimportant. It seems foreign, but it’s not far from what’s been reality for a lot of women in our history. It’s hard to think about going back to those days and truly being limited on what you could say. Can you imagine only having 100 words each day? If you only had 100 words per day, how would you use them?

This book was well-written and well-paced. It was so utterly intriguing that I had a hard time putting it down. I was eager to find out what happened next. What was Gianna going to do next? What was she going to do with her voice? How was she going to handle the Pure Movement? I wasn’t disappointed! There was so much action in the book that it kept me engaged from the very beginning.

I liked the creepiness of the book and the nod to today’s political climate. While reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, Vox was a unique story that discussed so many “what-ifs.” What if women lost their voices? What if women were no longer equal? What if the government was blatantly corrupt? What if . . . what if . . . what if . . .

I also liked the relationships in the book. The tough teenager who falls in with the wrong crowd, the husband swayed by the new societal norms, the forbidden lover, the close colleagues–all of the relationships Gianna formed were a pleasure to read. The imperfections in the relationships were part of what sucked me into this book. There were no easy relationships in Vox. How can you form and maintain true relationships when your words are (quite literally) numbered?

A lot happens towards the end of the book. It was heart-pounding. I kept hoping for the best but was prepared for the worst. I really liked the ending. There are still some unanswered questions, but it was an ending of hope.

The characters in the story were just okay. While the relationships the characters formed were interesting, the actual characters themselves lacked the depth I typically like to see in a book. The characters were still good, but they weren’t remarkable.

If you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, this is the book for you! Personally, I liked Vox better than the The Handmaid’s Tale. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Is Vox on your TBR? Have you already read it? If so, what did you think? If you could only speak 100 words per day, how would you use your words?

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