Book Review And Blog Tour For “VOX” by Christina Dalcher @BerkleyPub @HQStories
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. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to both Berkley Pub and HQ Stories for sending me ARC’s in exchange of my honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you Berkley for inviting me onto the Blog Tour.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
I saw this pop up on Berkley’s Instagram feed months and months ago, and as soon as I even saw the cover I knew I had to request it. And than HQ Stories did a competition, and they were looking for 100 #VOXChampions, and lucky me, I was chosen as one! I will include my photo for that challenge at the end of this review. It was pretty clever, I thought. But onto my thoughts of the book.
Going into this book, I thought it was going to be more of a, How does she use her 100 words to make an impact, to make a change? Was she going to get other women to fight back, and use their words to make a change together? What actually happened in the book is very different from I anticipated.
Jean was a brilliant scientist, and she is married to a man who is the presidents right hand man. So imagine being married to a man, who works for the guy that took every right, and privilege away from you. As a female, you do not have cell phones, computers, books, paper, pens, you don’t have the right to check your mail box, you cannot travel, you cannot hold a passport, every thing that we have as women is gone.
No imagine a opportunity to change that, what are you willing to give up? Knowing you have a daughter, and wanting better for her, how hard do you fight for her?
I also loved that not only was it the POTUS, it was also the leader of a Christian Church that brainwashed the Country into believing this was right, that this is the way women needed to be kept in check. Women belong at home, in the kitchen, they need to know their place. The man works, he makes the money, he makes the decisions. The women stay home, she cooks, she cleans, she doesn’t talk back, she raises the kids, she knows her role. Such an old way of thinking right? Did I forget to mention that if a woman is caught breaking any rules her punishment is televised? She suffers a great deal more than that, but I’ll let you read the book and find out for yourself what happens.
The last few chapters of this work were intense, and explosive, and I devoured them. I loved how it ended, I thought it was perfect. The thing about Dystopian books for me is, they really are never that far off. I mean if you think about it, All you need is one or two powerful people to convince others that something is a great idea, and then herd mentality kicks in, and before you know it, comes a movement, whether it be good or bad. So, to think that women could be caged like this, in my mind it’s something that could happen. Not that it would happen, but it could. That’s why I love dystopian books, they make me think, they are creative, and I ponder the realism behind them.
Have you guys read this one yet? What are your thoughts?