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- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: HQ (21 August 2018)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079YGW2RQ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 883 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects. She and her husband split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy. VOX is her debut novel.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Top international reviews
The recommendations are a giveaway. When the main plot of a book is the entirety of womankind being set back 100 years, yet the quoted praise for the book (featured on the front cover no less) is made up of Heat magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Woman & Home, you know something is not right. It’s like the NSPCC being endorsed by Jimmy Saville.
For those who don’t know, the majority of the shown supporters for this book are purveyors of ‘cheap trash magazines’ in the UK (Costmopolitan, Prima, Elle, Bella, Vanity Fair, etc) consisting almost entirely of pictures and no words, encouraging us women to be obsessed with shallow celebrity photographs andslashor being a model wife or girlfriend, while diluting our collective intelligence by discouraging us from actually reading real literature. Just how this happened to a book where the moral of the story is ‘taking away womens’ words is bad’ I have –absolutely- no idea.
The Daily Mail said ‘it left me speechless’. Shame it didn’t stay that way, huh?
In accordance with the target market who vouched for it, this is ‘dystopia lite’. People who’ve read the classics won’t be impressed (I’m really upset with it being hailed as The Handmaid’s Tale 2.0) but the book isn’t completely without faults; it’s a good read if you’ve run out of picture books.
I could have done without such life-altering metaphors such as 'there was enough toilet paper to wipe the bottoms of a small country' and 'she was cool as a cuke' (verbatim). If I was about to become a published author, I definitely would have edited out those lines for fear of, you know, sounding like I wasn't even trying.
I’m giving it two stars because it does actually have a very good premise, and a solid setup for that premise. The premise being that in a frighteningly easily-established regime, women have globally (well, only in the USA, but lots of American authors tend to regard their borders as synonymous with global) become the property of both man and the Christian religion. As a result their right to speak has been taken away via a ‘bracelet’ that administers an electric shock should they emit more than 100 words per day. Their rights to anything resembling equality are also revoked – freedom of movement, financial independence, education, et cetera. The way the premise is set up is very well done – just how easily it happens is something that isn’t at all far removed from reality. This could technically easily happen to any country - all it takes is a little segregation here, one generation indoctrinated there, a corrupted vote, a big red button pummelled on all those registered digitally as having an ‘f’ next to their names, and Bob’s your owner we’re back in the 19th century. In that sense, the author has done a great job at making those (who read Heat magazine) at least aware of such a concept.
I can see why it’s being hailed as The Handmaid’s Tale 2.0, in the sense that it’s a watered-down rewrite. A few of the characters are carbon-copies, Jackie obviously being a duplicate of Moira in a rather naughty ‘I copied your homework’ way, along with numerous other situations that have simply been Ctrl-Ved.
This has to stop at two stars because the premise sadly burns out quickly. It has a solid start and a solid setup but at about halfway through it starts to flag. Based on the promising first sentence of the book (I took down the regime) I was hoping I’d see that done in a clever way, but it didn’t deliver. I spent literally the last two hundred pages going 'c'moooon' while being told that a hetero lust story was the driving force of the second act. Spoiler: It's not.
If you’re looking for a stronger contribution to the genre that was written in recently, I recommend The Power by Naomi Alderman. This one actually takes into account worldwide connotations of such a massive change, and has a realistic believable compelling storyline with a narrative that delivers from beginning to end.
Most importantly, it’s not effing endorsed by Heat magazine.
Did I mention that as a female you are required to wear a word counter. Oh and it will give a bolt of electricity if you exceed the word count!
Oh WTFlaming Hell….. I can speak 100 words and most of them crap and waffle before I have finished my second cup of coffee in the morning…
This book did such a good job of building up not only the sense of injustice in a patriarchal society but there was such a heartbreaking essence to it as well. As a mother you want to chat to your children about what they did at school, yeah well forget that… Sentences have become condensed to such an extreme, yet the father and male siblings can chat away about anything, laugh and joke about things but you dare not utter a word, as that means you may not be able to Goodnight, or Love You at the end of the day.
It was as if the women became an asset to be managed, a homemaker, cleaner, carer and a quiet one at that. Now we may laugh and joke about people who constantly chatter away, but the author has managed to build a world that has a scary reality to it.
As I was reading through the book and getting to grips with how and why things had changed, the tone and way of the story started to change. This did initially throw me and took me a while to get my head around.
Essentially women played their role in society before the enforced change. They had jobs, responsibilities, they were leaders in certain fields and had in some areas knowledge that few others had. This change of direction in the story, once I had time to get used to it actually made sense. Even though it was worked quite well into the story, it did give the book a feeling of being one of two stories.
This is a book that will possibly divide readers, but for this reader worked so well. I also think it would be a great book for reading groups as there are many possibilities for discussion. I found it quite thought-provoking and there are concepts that I have not touched on as I don’t want to spoil it for other readers.
Ideal for those who like dystopian read with a political aspect, contemporary fiction as well as general fiction genres I would also add that there is a psychological aspect to it. This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers who like a book with an eerily realistic feel.
Much more could’ve been done with the story to explore the concept and it’s impact on society. Won’t be recommending to friends.
The main character is Dr. Jean McClellan, an American scientist and mother of four. She is living in a time where, due to the coming to power of far right Christian fundamentalists in the US, women are only allowed to speak a maximum of 100 words per day and exceeding that results in an electric shock. The shock is given through a small counting device the women have fitted on their wrists. Sentences have become condensed to such an extreme that the English language is changing for the females, yet the males can talk an unlimited number of words. The book makes this 100 word limit more obvious and heartbreaking as we learn that Jean may not be able to say goodnight or I love you to her children or husband at the end of each day.
The book starts really well and it caught my interest but I ended up being really bored about halfway through. The storyline becomes really science heavy and repetitive and the characters are really hard to like and therefore care about. Jean really didn’t gel with me, she was snotty and annoying and seemed to feel like she was always being wronged (even though she was having an affair). There is a lot going on in this book, so much so it became hard to keep up and it lost its momentum and flow. It seemed to try and be too many different genres and it became hard to understand who were the bad guys.
The last third of the book was really monotonous, it felt rushed and the ending was weird and unsatisfying. The idea and concept of the book seemed really solid to me but it was poorly executed and I just wanted to finish it so I could move on to something else.
All the characters are flimsy, and I just didn't care about any of them. Surely if you are representing a new world you want the reader with you? Not here..
Ira Levin created a male dominated world in the 70's with the Stepford Wives, the difference was he was a storyteller.
Read that, this is rubbish.