Book Review// Vox

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Goodreads synopsis:

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 to speak 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.

My Thoughts

I found this book as I was perusing Goodreads one day and stumbled upon it. I knew immediately after reading the synopsis that I needed to read this book. It reminded me a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale which is one of my favourite books.

The premise of this book is simple enough; females are limited to 100 words a day which is kept track of by a counter on their wrist. However, every time they go over their word limit they are administered a shock that gradually gets extremely painful the more words they use over the limit. They are also forbidden to communicate in any other forms as well such as sign language and writing. This is where it becomes similar to The Handmaid’s Tale where women are not allowed to read or write, and the patriarch controls everything.

The main protagonist, Jean McClellan is/was a neurolingist who was working on Wernicke’s Aphasia which is a speech disorder. Her husband works for the President of the United States while Jean stays at home and takes care of their four children.

This book made me so very angry while reading it. I kept thinking that there’s no way that this could happen and I felt so much compassion for what the women were going though. This book elicited a similar to reaction out of me similar to when I was reading The Handmaid’s Tale. (I keep comparing the two, so maybe I’ll write a post about the similarities/differences between the two?)

Jean and her friend Jackie, her roommate from University, saw everything that was happening before the word counters went on women, yet she did nothing about it. Jackie tried to convince her to stand up and to protest what was happening, and yet Jean still did nothing. I think that this is so relevant to today. We see and hear things in politics and we do nothing about it. We say “oh, that won’t happen” and then it happens.

Everything that Jean does in this novel is for the sake of her own daughter. She knows what will happen if language is denied and not explored at such a young age. As an Early Childhood Educator myself I know how important words are to young children. Reading to them, and hearing their parents voices – not just their fathers, but their mother’s voices and female voices help shape children’s learning and development.

I read this book in a couple of days and just couldn’t put it down. I found this concept to be amazing, but I could tell that Dalcher does not have a lot of experience writing full length novels. At some points I found myself eye-rolling and finding the novel to be over the top and the next page I would be terrified at what the government was putting women through.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale. I gave this book a 5/5 cups of tea. I really enjoyed drinking maple earl grey tea while reading this novel. After writing this review I kind of want to re-read this novel!

I have also posted a review on Goodreads.

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