Vox

Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopia
Publisher: HQ
Release Date: August 23rd, 2018
Format: e-ARC
Synopsis:

Set in an America where 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 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.


Thoughts:

Reading the premise of this book left me in awe and intrigued. Which is why I was so thankful that I was approved of a copy! Thank you, HQ and NetGalley.

Told from Dr. Jean McClellan’s point-of-view. Jean is set to be challenged by the changing world of having a 100-word limit daily. Along with her children especially her only daughter Sonia. She wants to fight for her. She worries for her. And with the boys in their home, she discovers that her sons are being brainwashed by the new system.

“Maybe this is how it happened in Germany with the Nazis, in Bosnia, with the Serbs, in Rwanda with the Hutus. I’ve often wondered about that, how kids can turn into monsters, how they can learn that killing is right and oppression is just, how in one single generation the world can change on its axis into a place that is unrecognizable. Easily, I think, and push out of my chair.”

How can she fight back? When an opportunity presents itself to possibly bring back her old life at a price of working for the people she hates, will she accept it?

In terms of the world-building, right of the bat from the first page. I already was scared. (It’s a good thing.) A new world dawned, where women were silenced and limited to a 100-word per day. And was stripped off rights to a job, education and expressing sufferage. Basically, evolving backward.

The tone and message of the novel were well received. I was angry, it wasn’t a just world hence dystopia lol. How the world now in America had been, the educational system was completely changed. There had been a public humiliation for behavior that defies the rules set by men. It was a hating world, homophobia, anti-women. DARK I SAY.

Everything in this aspect has been described vividly good. The medical procedures, medical jargon to the teeny-tiny bit of details.

The introduction came beautifully strong as I progressed around 50% it turned as a chore to read.

 

So, here’s where it went wrong for me.

  • the whole world-building was great but I feel like the religion here being too antagonized
  • speaking of the well-detailed world, it was a wee redundant
  • the whole cheating thing, it fetishizes it, not cool, never will be
  • the action aligns too perfectly
  • it was too neat, coincidences were too obvious
  • the MC came as unlikeable
  • first half was going well the second just went down the hill, things turned really unimaginable

Vox sure made a huge impact on me. It gave me reflections and strong thoughts of “what ifs”. A dark, science fiction dystopia that will provoke you, make you angry and it will make a dent in you to question everything.

Rating:

two

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