Vox by Christina Dalcher


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 writ...

Details Vox

Release DateAug 21st, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult

Reviews Vox

  • Matthew
    Controversial review time! Grab the popcorn and settle in . . .First of all, many thanks to the Berkley Publishing Group for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. I am just sorry that my review does not end up being more positive!I think this book is dangerous. I think the ideas in it are inflammatory and will unnecessarily pit good people against each other. If the book has only moderate success, then maybe crisis will be av...
  • Miranda Reads
    "Honestly, Jacko. You're getting hysterical about it."Her words flew at me like poisoned arrows. "Well, someone needs to be hysterical around here." I am absolutely blown away. My heart and soul are just dangling by a thread. Honestly, I have not been this angered (and wonderfully angered) in a long, long time. Think about what you need to do to stay free. Denial, deliberation and the decisive moment: three response stages to any impending disa...
  • Will Byrnes
    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. Words matter. If your ideal of womanhood tends toward the Stepford...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 The Scarlet letter for the near future, but instead of s Puritan society and the red letter A, we have a society where the Christian right has prevailed. Women, even babies are fitted with a leather wristband that limits the words spoken in a day to a hundred. The first time you go over, one receives a small shock, strength of shock is increased with each transgression. 1984, only it is now, cameras are fitted in each house, front door, back ...
  • karen
    What do they study now, our girls? A bit of addition and subtraction, telling time, making change. Counting, of course. They would learn counting first. All the way up to one hundred.as a thought-piece, i would give this a high four stars, but as a novel, it’s got some structural flaws. it would be a very good book club choice, however - plenty of food for thought and discussion. it just needs some conceptual tightening; it’s missing that ext...
  • Tammy
    These days my country consists of states united in hate. At its helm is a man-child. A bully consumed by power, lacking intellect, as well as being morally and ethically deficient. So while the premise of Vox is extreme it doesn’t seem far-fetched. The severe subjugation of women by the angry, white patriarchy is portrayed at its most monstrous. A counter worn by women allows them to speak when spoken to and then only minimally. Once the allott...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    THREE STARSAccording to my lazy Google search, the average woman speaks around 20,000 words/day. In this frightening precautionary tale, women are restricted to speaking less than 100 words a day. Overage? Painful electrical shocks will be dealt from the Fitbit style wrist counter you're wearing. The premise is strong and all too real in this alternative reality where women's rights are slowly chipped away by a strong tide of religious fundamenta...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    “The average person speaks 16,000 words per day. But what if women were limited to just 100?”and it's not in Iran, or Arab countries, but in the US itself.That's the 5 Stars premise of “Vox”But now I wish to limit some authors to just 100 pages per novel..May be it's just me who felt the 325 pages novel annoyingly too long..The idea is really great, but the writing style with overuse of unnecessary medical details, unbelievable coincidenc...
  • Carrie
    With Vox by Christina Dalcher being compared heavily to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale I decided that in order to do an accurate review I needed to push myself to actually read The Handmaid’s Tale all the way through before picking up this title. I know many have loved Atwood’s take on a dystopian future in which women were treated as property but had tried it before and didn’t care for the style. My second attempt did nothing to...
  • Heather
    Soooo, women of the USA... imagine that the government has decided that you are only allowed 100 words a day. That all the men around you can speak/read/sign ALL THE WORDS they want, but you get 100 in each 24 hour span. Just think about that for awhile. This book felt all too real to me as a woman. I would like to see the reactions of some men. It had the same frightening realness (for me) that The Handmaid's Tale did, paired with references to ...
  • Juli
    I have mixed emotions after reading this book. This is probably one of the hardest reviews I've ever had to write. It took me a couple days of thinking it over before I could figure out what I needed to say....and then the right words to say it. I wanted so badly to enjoy and really "feel'' this story. But it really didn't work for me. On the one hand, as a woman, I totally understand what it's trying to say. But, on the other hand, I didn't enjo...
  • Dorie
    I’m not usually a fan of science fiction but the premise for this novel intrigued me. I looked at it as an escape from heavy historical fiction and thrillers. I was looking for a quick read that kept me interested and this book did just that.There are many, many reviewers who are up in arms about comparisons to the current political climate, the naming of one religion, Christianity, as the culprit in this book. I didn’t go into this as a fora...
  • Trudi
    Ah damn. I had such high hopes for this one. The premise/hook is fantastic, and with the second season of The Handmaid's Tale starting at the end of this month it's going to be so easy for marketers to draw parallels to Atwood's classic feminist masterpiece. But Vox *is not* that book. There's some good ideas contained therein, but none of them are really developed, and a lot of the themes just seem too heavy-handed and on the nose. There is no s...
  • Jessica B.
    (Early work perk read.) Well. And here I thought I hit peak feminist rage while watching The Handmaid's Tale... Enter Vox.This book is going to make you want to punch someone (read: a man). Where I felt slightly more removed from the situation while watching THT (probably because of the whole no preggo thing and costumes), with Vox, it felt all too real. In a "holy shit this could actually happen" kind of way that's completely terrifying.What Dal...
  • ``Laurie Henderson
    I'll have to shelf this one under Abominations of Fiction.Here's the present situation in America:Liberals find Christian morality offensive and Christians find liberal immorality offensive.With the advent of Christianity and Civilization in pagan Europe, our barbarian ancestors began to treat women in a much more civilized manner. And yes, Christianity and Civilization do go hand in hand together.For women that have been taught otherwise, I sugg...
  • Lisa
    A highly significant and timely book exploring the question: What if women could only speak 100 words per day?SUMMARYThere’s a new President in the White House, Sam Myers was elected by the votes garnered by ultra conservative Southern Baptist Reverend Carl Corbin. A Presidental decree, written by Corbin, changed everything. Women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily. They must wear a bracelet on their wrist that is a word c...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I don't think I was quite as into this one as some of my peers, but it was a clever, thought provoking speculative tale set in a world where women are only allowed 100 words per day and are in other ways suppressed. The writing was beautiful and allowed for the exploration of some currently relevant themes.My very subjective personal issue was the way the premise sat - if it had been purely speculative, a world where this just "was" I would proba...
  • Angela
    "Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have  one hundred to make themselves heard." That, right there, is why I requested this book. Honestly, it's a terrifying prospect, and one that feels plausible in the current climate where before I would have written it off as about as likely as The Hunger Games - which also don't feel as unrealistic anymore, either. Perhaps I'm being alarmist, or exaggerating th...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Available Aug 21....book groups will enjoy rich discussion surrounding this novel’s concept. Women only are allowed to speak 100 words per day. Their words are counted by a bracelet and when they go over the limit they receive an electric shock. Women have been removed from the workforce and are to only take care of the home and family. How could this happen? I found there to be some parallels to real life, was captivated by the storyline, and ...
  • Sara
    This book has a fascinating and well executed premise and Christina Dalcher is without a doubt a very gifted writer. But while the world she's created with Vox is certainly a frighteningly believable one there's a triteness and convenience to this story that ultimately pulled me out of the world too much and too often for it to have a real, lasting impact.Dalcher's character's are just a shade too stereotypical and their actions too predictable. ...
  • Rachel
    I appreciate that I received an ARC copy of the novel. Thank you for sending it to me!I very much wanted to love this book. When I began reading the novel, I was enthusiastic about it. What seemed at first to be an actually plausible situation for our country, given our current situation with the rise of the alt-right and Trump's harmful policies, quickly became outright unrealistic, mostly because it happened way too rushed in the world of the n...
  • Jillian Doherty
    With a horrifying and all-too-believable premise, Vox illustrates a world were women's rights are obliterated. Written with literary and haunting realism, we follow Dr. Jean McClellen and her family. She, along with the nation's female population, is stripped of their careers, rights, voices, and words - even their books are removed from their homes and replaced with cameras to ensure the new bible-based movement is upheld. When Jean's given a su...
  • Karen
    Vox is a disturbing near-future dystopian that resembles The Handmaid's Tale meets 1984. Once I started this, I could barely put it down.In a chilling America, woman lose ALL rights. They can no longer work, or read, or speak. They can cook, clean, shop, and rear the children. And, they must wear "counters" which measure how many words they speak per day and if they reach 100 spoken words, will receive an electric shock for every word spoken afte...
  • Dana
    What would you say if you only had 100 words each day? Just this sentence made me snag this ARC from work. Thanks to a flat tire and the fact that it was in my bag that day, it got to jump ahead of several other books. It's such an interesting premise, with so many directions to go. It brought to mind Margaret Atwood or George Orwell. But it isn't. Instead of being set in the future, the writer used the first third of the book as a rant against t...
  • Thebooktrail
    Thank goodness this is fiction. The scary thing is though that many parts of it are not, and it might not be that far fetched when you think about it.  Very apt and timely for today;s world sadly and not just in the USA but in every country around the world.There is a lot to liken this novel to The Handmaid's Tale and 1984 with the idea that there are controls on women  and restrictions of freedom and freedom of speech. Women are fitted with fi...
  • Laura Rash
    This book brings out all the feels but not those warm, fuzzy ones. It makes you pissed off & you want to punch a person. Honestly the thought of our society progressing to this situation is scary as hell. Think of how powerful your words are & if you couldn’t use them to express any ideas, loving thoughts or to learn. Fast paced & unputdownable! No bookmark needed. Thanks to the publisher for this early copy in exchange for review.
  • Darinda
    Women in the US lose their rights very quickly when the political climate changes in this dystopian novel. Along with losing all their rights, women also lose their voices when they are no longer allowed to speak. Each woman and girl is issued a device to wear that counts their words. They are allowed to speak 100 words a day, and if they go over, they suffer terrible shocks. The beginning of the book is about the state America is in and how it c...
  • Amanda
    You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....Vox is a dystopian novel that feels all too real. Women are limited to only speaking 100 words a day in this story that follows one woman who might actually be able to be able to change that. This story shocked me. It is too easy to see how something like this could happen. Our political climate now is full of extremes on both sides. it is scary hos possible this novel felt....
  • Roman Clodia
    "Woman has no call to the ballot-box, but she has a sphere of her own, of amazing responsibility and importance. She is the divinely appointed guardian of the home... She should more fully realise that her position as wife and mother, and angel of the home, is the holiest, most responsible, and queenlike assigned to mortals; and dismiss all ambition for anything higher, as there is nothing else here so high for mortals." In this feminist dystopia...
  • Sue
    I don't read much fiction in the dystopian genre but the premise of this book sounded very intriguing so I thought I would give it a try and I sure am glad that I did. This book kept my interest from beginning to the last page. If I had read it twenty years ago, I'd have thought that there was no way this could happen in real life but now I'm not too sure.Imagine a country where women aren't allowed to work or hold public office, aren't allowed t...