Very readable and scary ‘backlash against women’ novel. 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.
I received a copy of Vox by Christine Dalcher in return for an honest review as part of The Beauty & Lace Book Club.
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.
Dr. Jean McClellan is a scientist called in from forced retirement to assist the government with a special project. Jean is also the mother of two sons, and one precious daughter. Not being able to write or speak does not mean that her mind will be silenced.
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.