Vox

Vox

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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 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. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780440000785
0440000785
Branch Call Number: F DALCHER
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm

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In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women’s rights in a ... Read More »

In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women’s rights in a ... Read More »


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Oct 06, 2018

This was definitely a page-turner with its short chapters and quick transitions. I found this book extremely eerie, dark, and engrossing. Each time I put it down, I found that I was so involved with the book I felt I could not speak, much as the female characters in the book were not allowed to.
It really gets your inner Feminist fired up, as well.
I thought of this one as a mix between The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games. I've heard some mixed reviews about Vox, but I personally enjoyed its entirety. The only aspect I didn't love was the quick and neat conclusion (hence the .5 deduction). I wish the author would have taken more time with it. Although everyone loves a "happy" ending, I'm not sure if I was satisfied with how she finished the book off.

Banks_SusanC Oct 02, 2018

This is a page-turner with a great premise! It's best not to think too long and hard about it, just enjoy the book for the dark romp that it is.

JCLKariE Sep 22, 2018

Vox has a fascinating premise! All females are fitted with bracelets that count the number of words they speak each day. If they exceed the 100 words, they receive an increasingly strong jolt of electricity for each additional word. The Pure Movement has overtaken the United States forcing women out of the workplace. The Pure goal is to completely silence women and return to "simpler" times where misogyny rules. I want this novel to be amazing. However, it needs a little help to fine tune a few plot points.

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Lorraine_333
Sep 18, 2018

Did I miss something? Here I am, enjoying the book - right up until the end. Seemed to me like it needed about another six chapters to explain how the 'plan' came to fruition, not just end saying that "it did". SPOILER ALERT DON'T READ ON How was the serum administered, and how did it end up being administered only to those for whom it was intended? How was Patrick shot? Et-frustrating-cetera!!! Whilst in the enjoyment section, I found the book well written and pacy, in fact I was finding it hard to put down and then ... BAM! Nothing. I'll be interested to see if anyone else felt this way :(

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CHRISTINE1S
Sep 12, 2018

This was a thoroughly entertaining page turner. I was completely engrossed. Fast paced and well narrated, this story is completely disturbing and hard to stop listening to. The only thing that bothered me was that the author (narrator) blames all Christians and Christianity for the disgusting oppression forced upon women. It is true that people have twisted Scripture and pulled verses out of context for their own power and gain, and too many people are happy to blindly follow, but Jesus actually defied cultural norms when it came to women. Look at His treatment of The Woman at the Well. The first convert in Europe was a wealthy female merchant (that’s right Ms.Dalcher, a working female right there in the New Testament!)!!! All of the supposed "Christians" in this book act like the Pharisees who Jesus constantly butted heads with. It's sad that the author felt the need to portray ALL Christians in this way. I did enjoy this book, but had to set this disappointing stereotyping aside.

ArapahoeManon Sep 12, 2018

While there are a few plot points I thought were a little implausible, this was a timely, engrossing read. Dalcher's linguistics background lends an interesting slant to this story of a near future in which women are silenced. It's an eerie reminder to use your voice while you can.

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Tara_P
Sep 02, 2018

The U.S. portrayed in this novel replicates our current political climate with the addition of science fiction to symbolize it. The female half of the population has been stripped of their civil rights by a conservative president and his religious extremist advisors. Women have lost their right to work, to vote, to be autonomous from their husbands, and to literally have a voice. Although it is sure to alienate some based on the scripture that is quoted, the story could just as easily play out in another country with its dominant religion substituted. I suspect that readers will come away from this story with the same discomfort that they felt after reading Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale.

OPL_AutumnH Aug 09, 2018

An intriguing look at a possible future that now feels a little too possible, where women's speech is literally limited every day. This is a dystopian with a slow build and a fast ending, that will appeal to those who love the genre, and appreciate the thread scientific study that runs through it.

debwalker Aug 09, 2018

A summer reading pick from Sarah Jessica Parker.
"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."

JCLGreggW Jun 15, 2018

Dalscher's terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future America where women are limited to 100 words a day is destined to be the talk (sorry about the pun) of your book group. Dalscher, a linguistics professor, effectively writes about the importance of speaking up - before that voice is taken away.

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Aug 01, 2018

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