The Bible Belt expanded, and before long, encompassed the entire United States. The Pure Movement took hold soon afterwards, and women lost everything. First, they took away their passports, then they took everything else. No books. No writing. No jobs. No money. No phone. No birth control. No same-sex relationships (for anyone). And, finally, allowing women to speak only one hundred words per day—enforced by a bracelet worn on the wrist—a word counter—that delivered an electric shock which increased in intensity with every word spoken over their daily allotment. Women were allowed to cook, clean, garden, have babies… and very little else.
This may very well be the most disturbing, outrage-inducing dystopia I’ve ever read. I wanted to climb inside the book and beat the living hell out of (almost) every man featured in the story. When Jean used an entire day’s worth of words in a screaming session, I felt her frustration and rage as if it were my own. I have a particular hatred of being told to shut up, so it was easy to understand what Jean was feeling in that moment as her counter rapidly tallied up her remaining words; it was essentially warning her to shut up with each word she spoke.
What makes Vox so chilling is that it seems entirely possible—given the right circumstances, and the right (or rather, wrong) people in place, it’s not a stretch to imagine such a thing could happen.
I’m completely blown away that this is Dalcher’s debut novel. It’s certainly not evident in her writing, which is absolutely outstanding in every way. I’m desperately hoping that she will continue to write in this genre, because I can think of nothing more exciting than to read another dystopia written by this amazing author.
My advice, readers? Rush out and buy this book as soon as you can get your hands on a copy. Make sure you have plenty of uninterrupted reading time available when you crack it open because you’re not going to want to put it down!
About the Book
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.
About the Author