Thursday 3 January 2019

Vox - Christina Dalcher

Silence can be deafening.
Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.
Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.
Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.
For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…

What did I think?

I haven't read The Handmaid's Tale (yet) so I went into Vox completely blind from a feminist fiction point of view.  I loved the premise that women could only speak 100 words a day before a little wrist counter would give them an electric shock.  God help me!

Jean McClellan and her daughter wear such a wrist counter...until the government realise that Jean has knowledge that they need so they give her back her voice.  As with all governments, nothing is ever as it seems and this was one of the things that raised my blood pressure rather than silencing the women.  We are all just puppets...

I was hoping to feel a sense of empowerment after reading Vox but it didn't quite deliver on that front for me.  Having said that, it's a very good story and I enjoyed it immensely; I can totally see this being a serialisation on TV and I would be on the edge of my seat along with the other viewers.

Vox is compelling reading and a definite thought provoking page-turner.  I think it is a book I will need to read again to fully experience the drama and delve further into the topics contained within.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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