- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; edition edition (26 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008300674
- ISBN-13: 978-0008300678
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is worth noting that many women living in our present world lead a similar kind of existence to that portrayed in this novel. So...a dystopian today.
Be warned: this is a very captivating read that makes you think.
This is a captivating account of a modern day America where a power-tripping egomaniac, who is being enabled by a President who only cares about votes and the conservative, religious population is trying to revert everyday living back to the 'glory days' of the 1950's and earlier by oppressing women and girls. It's a fascinating read outlining some of the tactics used by governments the world over to oppress their people and some of the ways that the people fight back. The characters are authentic and gritty, with their personal dramas unfolding and intertwining throughout the story. The narrative was disjointed, jumping from the present, to the past, then into imagined futures, and yet it worked.
Above all else, this book makes you think. How easy would it be for our government to implement something similar to this? With all of our freedoms slowly being eroded away and new policies implemented to keep us 'safe' from all the bogeymen out there, is it a matter of time before something like this really does happen? It's a call to arms to stop standing by and letting others fight the good fight. Burst out of your bubble and stand up for yourself and everyone else now before it's too late, and yet, it's not at all preachy. A gripping story that leaves a lasting impression that I definitely recommend everyone to read.
Christine Dalcher has definitely made her way onto my 'must read' author's list.
Thank you Beauty & Lace Book Club and HQ Fiction for my copy of the brilliant Vox.
It's hard to decide what is more disturbing about the (re)emergence of oppression fiction; the content itself or the speed at which we come to accept that such events might be only a few revolutions in government away. The new ‘horror’ is in acknowledging what is happening in the world today, in our supposedly advanced age. We’ve come so far, but so far in aid of whom exactly?
VOX terrifies through the subtle menace that is gradual change, incrementally reducing the size of a woman’s world and the freedom she has to move within it until she, like her sisters, is a prisoner within what was once at least familiar, if not entirely safe. The author’s economical writing style is put to good use, giving the reader enough scope to project themselves into the world of VOX that shadows all too closely our own. It doesn’t need to finitely detail what it has always meant to be female, regardless of the era in which the gender identity is experienced.
American author Christina Dalcher has delivered a timely novel of what it is that drives us when everything that defines or has value is taken away. Societal constraints are taken to the next level, relationships are tested, true natures are revealed. VOX is truly chilling in so many different ways, and any sane human being would want to rise and object to such atrocities being inflicted upon half of its world population. Or so you would think. It’s this suggested uncertainty that is the most unsettling.
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The statistic in the blurb claims that the is that the average person currently speaks 16,000 words a day. In this book the woman can only speak 100 words a day. To enforce this quota, all women are equipped with sensors around their wrists. Go over the limit and ye get an electric shock. And it isn’t mild. With every misbehavior, the force and duration of the punishments only increase.
The concepts behind limited women’s speech were fascinating. In particular the relationship between the main character, Jean, and her youngest child, a girl, was the most poignant part of the novel. The consequences for a generation of girls brought up without the skills of reading and the outlet of speaking were harrowing.
But unfortunately the expression of the novel’s concepts and the impact of its message were completely filtered down by the awkward execution of this novel. Some of the problems:
- unlikable protagonist – Jean is supposed to be smart and intelligent. She holds a PhD and was about to make a major achievement in treating the problems of language malfunction in stroke patients. And yet throughout the book she was whiny, unfocused, clueless, and meek. It made sense for the beginning of the novel but she never really became a strong force.
- unrealistic and unneeded plot elements – So much of this book felt unreal. Subplots about animal testing that were unnecessary. Brand-new drugs working the first and only time on a human subject. Multiple characters important to Jean that happen to be conveniently in a cell and rescued at a critical moment. No cameras or recording devices in any place that seems rational. Escalation of a bio-terrorist threat that literally makes NO SENSE and would hurt the bad people just as much as the others.
- too tied to current events – This book seemed to bash the reader over the head with it’s lack of subtlety. I am extremely liberal and yet this book seemed to be a political soapbox for hatred of the current regime. I feel it would have had more force if set in slightly more distant future.
- the muddled message – The theme seems to be a call for women to be active in politics. And yet it lambastes any woman who doesn’t follow a certain type of political activism. It doesn’t even seem to want women to have individuality of their own. Fie on any woman who wants to be a stay-at-home mom. Fie on any woman who doesn’t attend political rallies and march the streets. Fie on any woman that is a Christian. I do believe that all people should vote. But this seems to suggest if ye aren’t a rabid fanatic about yer politics then ye are useless. I get that a passive approach to horrible behavior can allow that behavior to flourish. Think the Nazis. But there are many different types of activism and legitimate lifestyles.
- lackluster ending – What a crock. For a book to be about women power, a man is needed to bring down the regime. Then the main character runs to another country and doesn’t even stay to help mitigate and direct the consequences of her actions. She is basically a coward through and through. She is always being selfish and really never cared about the greater good.
It’s been compared to the Handmaid’s Tale. Skip this one and read that one instead. This book was a muddled mess and therefore must walk the plank! The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic for a reason.
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Arrr!
What if women and girls could only speak 100 words a day? Just think of that premise and all the ramifications that come from that?
The novel is really entertaining, and the part I enjoyed most is Dalcher's smart writing. It is at times very funny, loving, terrifying, ultra-spooky with hang-on-to-your hat chapters. Through it all the author has a steady hand. It is smart-reading, and for people who love to read I am sure they will appreciate the writing here.
I have never been a book-club person, mostly because of the reclusiveness of my location....but after finishing this we just started one with about ten other friends and family members who are currently reading it.
It is easy to say "watch this writer" or "Christina Dalcher really has a great future writing" but for me---it is read this book now. Think about this book now. Discuss this book now. It is thought-provoking, it is entertaining, but in the end it is a great book that I enjoyed tremendously.
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