Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox

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

TitleVox
ISBN9780440000785
Author
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherBerkley
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Feminism
Rating

Reviews Vox

  • Matthew
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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 dis...
  • Will Byrnes
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    “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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This is a hard review to write. I have to separate what I felt about the subject matter from how I feel about the writing/plot development/characters/etc., and that is not an easy thing to do when all I really want to do is stand on my soapbox for a few minutes!But I will say, as dystopian novels go, this one was packed full of frustrating circumstances, despair, oppression, and all the negative emotions you can imagine a dystopian novel wou...
  • ``Laurie Henderson
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Trudi
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    1970-01-01
    Get ready to read this one, sure to be all over social media this fall! As we can imagine, contention in government could lead to citizens’ rights being taken away, and in Vox, author Christina Dalcher goes to the extreme with this concept and shows us how easy it is to change people’s mindset in a short time. In this made up Handmaid’s Tale – like world, women are only allowed to speak 100 words per day. Their words are counted by a brac...
  • Jessica B.
    1970-01-01
    (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...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Rhonda Ruff
    1970-01-01
    Wow, to say I was excited about this book is an understatement. To say that I did not like this book is also an understatement.i know many Christians and none of them would oppress people like they stated in this book. When you say the word all as this author did you open up a big can of worms. If you are friends with Matthew on goodreads Read his well written review. He expressed his thoughts so well in the meantime I will chalk this up as ficti...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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. ...
  • Jordanne ~ Bloodthirsty Little Beasts Blog ~
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from Berkley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟“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, about how kids can turn into monsters, how they 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’s unrecogniz...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kopf vor dem Herzen
    1970-01-01
    "Ich bin eine Frau weniger Worte geworden."InhaltNeurolinguistin Dr. Jean McClellan lebt mit ihrer Familie in einer von Männern bestimmten Welt. Die Bewegung der Reinen hat sich, Dank des Fundamentalisten Reverend Carl Corbin, im ganzen Land durchgesetzt; eine Trennung zwischen Regierung und Religion gibt es nicht mehr. Amerika hat sich in eine Zeit zurückentwickelt, in der Frauen nur noch so viel Wert besitzen, wie der Weg zwischen Ehebett und...
  • Booklunatic
    1970-01-01
    4,5 SterneSpannend, brisant, faszinierend - die Geschichte hatte mich von der ersten Zeile an komplett eingesogen. Das Szenario, das sich Dalcher ausgedacht hat, ist beängstigend, scheint in der Realität aber eigentlich undenkbar...oder vielleicht doch nicht? Schien nicht Vieles in der Geschichte der Menschheit undenkbar, kurz bevor es Realität wurde? Das macht den Reiz von "Vox" aus. Ähnlich wie die großartige Margaret Atwood hat Christina ...
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jillian Doherty
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Alexis
    1970-01-01
    The concept of this book is one which immediately caught my attention - the US government has reduced all women to speaking only 100 words per day. They are not allowed to work, read or write, or vote. They are to remain at home, looking after the family as they once did.Even before publication, there has been much controversy surrounding this title, particularly because of the anti-Christian prejudice it could be argued is contained therein. I p...