Vox

Vox

eBook - 2018 | First edition
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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. 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. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780440000822
0440000823
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (326 pages)
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While perhaps not as politically fleshed out as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” this story is an action-packed page turner. I found Dr. McClellan to be both a flawed and incredibly relatable character and Dalcher sets an energetic pace. For fans of American dystopian stories and anyone who likes a good thriller.

AmberAces Feb 25, 2019

The story itself is very dark and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The only reason this wasn't a perfect read for me is that I could not condone the actions of our narrator. While our narrator felt personable she was not likable.
Its scary how real this felt at times and how easy it is to see the possibilities of this dark future. The story really gets you thinking. Would be a great book club book, plenty of here to discuss and dissect.

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TAMiller
Feb 24, 2019

Powerful book that really describes how easily suppression of a group of people can occur when political agendas are not kept under control and balanced by the general population.
Stay awake and alert. Vote.

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tracysue
Feb 04, 2019

Scary premise. I thought the book was well written and it certainly held my attention, though it’s one of those stories that seemed to me to have been written to facilitate adaptation into a movie. Nothing wrong with hoping for that, but sometimes it’s just more evident in the story structure.

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gvoolich
Jan 06, 2019

Overall I loved this story and the concept. However, I felt the ending was very hasty and left a lot of unanswered questions for me - like what about her parents? What about the baby? WTF about her new life? Sure, this seems like a potential set-up for a sequel, but come on - with a concept and baseline plot as unique and solidly built, sometimes stories such as this are more powerful on their own without a franchise set-up. I also grew a little tired of her being pushed and pulled this way and that until the end - it felt like Jean was just a passenger in her life and while this really drove the point home in just how different her former life and self were from her oppressed present, it grew tiring because it never went anywhere. That helpless version of herself needed to somehow be woken up by the salty fight she still had within her and I feel like the author missed the opportunity to create better inner tension and struggle over life and choices. Still, worth a read - it is a great story and is a page turner once about a quarter of the way through.

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LucasHill
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.

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rgally
Nov 15, 2018

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

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H19167332
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.

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AmberAces Feb 25, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Suicide

AmberAces Feb 25, 2019

Sexual Content: Infidelity

AmberAces Feb 25, 2019

Coarse Language: Expletives scattered throughout

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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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