I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vox by Christina Dalcher
Published by Penguin on August 21, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Dystopian, Thrillers, Political
"[An] electrifying debut."--O, Oprah Magazine"The real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan
One of Entertainment Weekly's and SheReads' books to read after The Handmaid's TaleOne 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
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.
This is not a happy, happy, joy, joy kind of book but one that should make you think and perhaps be a bit frightened. I did struggle with the timeline presented which lowered the score I decided on but I did appreciate the way the author pulled in items that should sound familiar to many of us as we watch world events. There are a few things about all the adult characters that you will like but also items that you won’t like. All are flawed but human and no matter what you think of why they do some of what they do the focus should remain on the world around them.
How does a modern country devolve in to a country where half the population is suddenly out of the workforce? How does this become acceptable and the prevalent mode of operation in a connected world? One only needs to look back in recent history with Afghanistan before and after the Taliban to see how the world changed for women. We can also look at some of the strict religious cults and their treatment of those who aren’t one of them. The author shows how easy it is to mold the minds of youth and the outliers to become walking, talking puppets of a regime. The way we see the oldest son drink in the new messages being taught in school while easily devaluing the mom who loves him was scary to see and then realize that this is where we typically see these events start. One only needs to feed the insecurities and fears to make it possible for repression and regression to happen even in this modern era.
The message that comes out of this for me was a refreshed need to become more vocal and aware of my place in society. I need to be more active and willing to step up to say when something is wrong even if it results in making others uncomfortable. I cannot afford to stay quiet and let the world move around me without my participation in protecting those who may not have voices. Please take a chance on this book in hopes that you will take away a message that no matter what our voices deserve to be heard and we deserve to be considered equals in the world regardless of sex or orientation or culture or color or or or….