19 Jul 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: VOX by Christina Dalcher // #Review

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Author: Christina Dalcher
Series: N/A
Source: Audible
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 21, 2018

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 to speak 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.
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I think I would have liked this book more if it had been in the perspective of Sharon. Jean was The Worst™ and I did not care if she could live or die. I think one of my first thoughts was "if she can only speak 100 words a day, then why do I have to listen to this forever."

I am so over people who believe that because they didn't vote for a "bad candidate" that they are Absolved Of Their Sins™. That's bullshit. If you aren't expressing your democratic rights, then you are Not Absolved Of Sins™ when bad shit happens. You are part of the problem. And Jean and her brand of white feminism was definitely part of the problem.

But the premise? The how they got there? Completely enthralling. I loved the dystopian aspects of it but not so much the characters we had to follow. So this was a meh book for me.

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.

Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short List; nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions; and multiple other awards. She teaches flash fiction as a member of the faculty at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Dalcher’s novels.

After spending several years abroad, most recently in Sri Lanka, Dalcher and her husband now split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy.

Her debut novel, VOX, will be published in August 2018 by Berkley (an imprint of Penguin Random House).

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1 comment:

  1. Well based on your review, I think I'll skip this one. I also love dystopian books, but if I can't get behind the main character, what's the point? Thanks for the honest review!


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