Vox by Christina Dalcher


Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Published / Release Date: August 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Fiction
My Rating:

I remember hearing about Vox over on What Should I Read Next Podcast. It sounded promising, and it’s something I haven’t read before.

Vox is set in an America where half of the gender population is reduced to 100 words a day. These women and girls are equipped with a counter which electrocutes them if they dare speak past the 100th word mark. Vox is about the lengths a person would go through to change that. Vox is set in present day America with its government running it as if it’s the olden times. Homosexuality is highly frowned upon; boys and girls go to different schools wherein the girls attend a school which curriculum is pretty much Home Ec on steroids.

What I liked about it: Dalcher gave us a taste of how it used to be when women are expected to get married, have kids, stay at home and simply be on the sidelines. Yes, I am aware this still happen today but the difference is the expectation is no longer there. Getting married, having kids, and staying at home with the kids are now all choices we are able to make. We are able to work, get paid equally as our male colleagues, and even hold power. We are also free to love and be with who we chose. The reality of Dalcher’s America peaks through throughout the book and it’s scary.

I also enjoyed the difference in opinions between Dr. Jean McClellan and her son Steven. In addition to that, I liked that this book got me upset at certain parts of it.

What I didn’t like:  I find there to be something missing for me. The premise is intriguing, but it didn’t give me the ending I needed. I also found it to be a bit long. There was also something in the story line which I find to be unnecessary although I can’t seem to put my finger on it.

With that said… it is still a good read. Be cautious though if you do decide to read this as it has homophobia, and self harm / suicide attempts.

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