VOX by Christine Dalcher

While not a psychological thriller (I don’t think it’s listed as that) this might have been one of my scarier reads for this year.

I love a good dystopian read but while most of them feel like they could be a farfetched possibility, reading this on the heels of the #metoo movement it’s a topic that scared me because of it’s utter likely hood of being an actual reality.

Vox is set in dystopian America where females have been silenced and stripped from all their rights and forced to wear bracelets which record their word count which is limited to 100 words and if they surpass their 100 words they are shocked with a high voltage via the band (Fysh is damn glad he isn’t a woman in this book cause with his verbal diarrhoea he would so not manage) while the men are free to speak their mind, work, and literally treat the women as if it’s the damn step-ford era.

Women aren’t allowed to work. They are regaled to being nothing more than housewives who have no say and are only alive to bare children and make sure their husbands are happy. (What the actual hell right?!) They aren’t even allowed social security numbers, passports or bank accounts. Step back into the damn dark ages there…

“We’re on a slippery slide to prehistory, girls. Think about it. Think about where you’ll be—where your daughters will be—when the courts turn back the clock. Think about words like ‘spousal permission’ and ‘paternal consent.’ Think about waking up one morning and finding you don’t have a voice in anything.”
― Christina Dalcher, Vox

Our main character, Dr. Jean McClellan, was a neurolinguist and the best in her field until the “Bible Belt” became a corset and took over the entire America (the rest of the world is safe thankfully, just the Americans who couldn’t escape in time). Something happens, I won’t say what, and she’s called up by the president to help  because she’s the expert when it comes to language and how the brain uses it, cleverly she uses their desperation to get her to help to try change her daughters life and of course those of other women.

I liked that the chapters were short which made for an easy read but I did feel like Jean’s character could do with a bit more of muchness, I can’t pinpoint what’s missing, she was extremely protective of her family and upset about the whole situation but *insert shrugging emoji*. I don’t want to spoil anything but I really found that the ending was a downfall, rushed and too predictable. It reminds me of the epilogue of Deathly Hallows – a forced people pleaser ending that had more potential.

That said it’s a rather action packed book and a definite read for any dystopian book lover and for anyone who believes in women’s rights. Don’t stay silent.


I would like to thank Jonathon Ball Publishers for sending  a copy of this book my way in exchange for an honest review. All opinions mentioned here are my own and weren’t influenced by anything.


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