Review: Vox - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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.

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Vox
By Christina Dalcher

Review: Vox

“Think about waking up one morning and finding you don’t have a voice in anything.”

With her electrifying, provocative debut VOX, Christina Dalcher draws us into a terrifying not-too-distant future where women are prohibited from speaking more than 100 words a day.

They are forced to wear counters which tally each word spoken with its limit marked at 100—any word beyond that, the bands deliver intensifying, crippling electrocutions. Not only are women silenced however, they are also not able to hold jobs, read books, use technology, receive mail. In the world where the Purist movement prevails, it’s men that hold the power. Little girls, mothers, professionals like Dr. Jean McClellan are deprived of their voice, confined to serve the home and their men.

“They won’t kill us for the same reason they won’t sanction abortions. We’ve turned into necessary evils, objects to be fucked and not heard.”

This life seemed impossible to imagine for Jean, who was once a well-known neurolinguist. She watches her son entrench himself with those who hold power, doing his part to ensure women are relegated to the roles in which they belong. Meanwhile, her six-year-old daughter has become so indoctrinated that she celebrates when she’s been silent all day—an incentive for a school contest.

But Jean soon finds herself with the opportunity to do something, to change the game before worse things reign down upon them. It’s her one chance to save herself, save her daughter and change the future from silencing them permanently.

“There’s a resistance?” The word sounds sweet as I say it.
“Honey, there’s always a resistance.”

Fans of THE HANDMAID’S TALE will find themselves drawn (and equally enraged) to this story. The tense and deeply disturbing narrative moves quickly and feels very much like a thriller. Its culmination, with its various layers of machinations, felt a little confusing, but in the end still hit the mark.

The novel, with many real-life parallels, is frighteningly timely, underscoring the urgency of the #metoo movement, as well as the importance of language and voice. Powerful, petrifying and a page-turner, Dalcher delivers a book everyone will be talking about.

“You can start small, Jeanie,” she said. “Attend some rallies, hand out flyers, talk to a few people about issues. You don’t have to change the world all by yourself, you know.”

And the usual catchphrases ensued: grassroots, one step at a time, it’s the little things, hope-change-yes-we-can!.

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