Set in a United States in which 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 one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning…
Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard.
…not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Imagine only being able to speak one hundred words a day. What would you do? Would you use up all of your words at once in order to ensure that your message for the day is clear? Would you limit yourself to a specific number of words in the morning and then throughout the day?
This is reality for all females living in the United States in the dystopian novel, Vox by Christina Dalcher. It didn’t happen overnight. Something this serious takes time. Time to chip away at the leaders, time to convince them that not everyone is equal, time to convince men that women are happier when they get to stay home. It takes time, but there were signs.
Vox is dark and disturbing. It brutally depicts the ramifications of a society who does not value all of its members. It exposes that if you want to strip someone of power, start with their words. This novel really made me think about society today. Could this scenario possibly take place? It’s frightening to consider.