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"[An] electrifying debut."--O, The Oprah Magazine *
"The real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan
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 a ...more
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She added a hot Italian lover with his own cappuccino machine though.(less)
- I knew that this would be controversial as it touches on a hot button topic. But, responses have become uncomfortable to the point I cringe when I open Goodreads. I know, I know, what did I expect sharing a controversial opinion on social media!? Yeah, I admit I guess I should have seen that coming. But, this review simply shares my opinion on a topic ...more
The premise is really intriguing and I would love to read about it in a BETTER book.
I expected a good dystopian set up that deals with sexism.. What I got is a weird thriller that KIND OF addressed that topic. At least it pretended to.
First of all, the "showdown" was way too fast and there was little to no build up at all. It was unrealistic and everything was solved way too easily. I didn't even really understand what was going on because it ...more
"Honestly, Jacko. You're getting hysterical about it."I am absolutely blown away. My heart and soul are just dangling by a thread. Honestly, I have not been this angered (and wonderfully angered) in a long, long time.
Her words flew at me like poisoned arrows. "Well, someone needs to be hysterical around here."
Think about what you need to do to stay free.Denial, deliberation and the decisive moment: three response stages to any impending disaster. Rush through the first two and act as soon ...more
Maybe this is how it happened in Germany with the Nazis, in Bosnia, with the Serbs, in Rwanda with the Hutus. I’ve often wondered about that, how kids can turn into monsters, how they can learn that killing is right and oppression is just, how in one single generation the world can change on its axis into a place that is unrecognizable. Easily, I think, and push out of my chair.Words matter.
If your ideal of womanhood tends toward the Stepford-ish, Vox will present an image of paradise. For th ...more
I’m often running to Google for one thing or another when I’m reading a thought-provoking book. But this time, I was Googling things before I even had the novel in hand. The first thing I had to know was how many words the average person speaks in a day. Google told me:
The average woman speaks 20,000 words a day. The average man speaks 7 ...more
What do they study now, our girls? A bit of addition and subtraction, telling time, making change. Counting, of course. They would learn counting first. All the way up to one hundred.
as a thought-piece, i would give this a high four stars, but as a novel, it’s got some structural flaws. it would be a very good book club choice, however - plenty of food for thought and discussion. it just needs some concept ...more
pretty unfathomable thought, right? that is exactly why i love dystopian novels. they are the most effective at taking me outside of my bubble, placing me in an unfamiliar situation and making me really think, ‘what would i do if this was me?’ this book raises so many important and relevant questions in regards to female rights and equality, the role of religion in gove ...more
According to my lazy Google search, the average woman speaks around 20,000 words/day. In this frightening precautionary tale, women are restricted to speaking less than 100 words a day. Overage? Painful electrical shocks will be dealt from the Fitbit style wrist counter you're wearing.
The premise is strong and all too real in this alternative reality where women's rights are slowly chipped away by a strong tide of religious fundamentalism until finally, we quite literally lose the la ...more
The author has somehow managed to take a unique plot line with limitless potential and turned it into a Christian and male bashing rant of epic proportions (full disclosure: I am not a Christian nor am I a man.)
The plot revolves around a dystopian future where U.S. women are only allowed to spe ...more
After the initial se ...more
I don’t usually read dystopian books, and to be honest, I’m not that familiar with the genre. Upon reading the premise of Vox, I knew it would have a place on my reading list because of its timeliness and the bravery of the author in taking on this fictional topic.
If you have not heard already, Vox is set in the United States at a time when a new president has been elected, and a mandate has been declared by the government: females may only speak 100 w ...more
"Be teachers of good things; teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands."
"Woman has no call to the ballot-box, but she has a sphere of her own.... she is the divinely appointed guardian of the home... she should more fully realise that her position as a wife and mother... is the holiest, most responsible; dismiss all ambition for anything higher, as there is nothing else he ...more
So I seem to be in the minority again. This book irked me. The premise is that a misogynistic bunch of males has taken over the government and women have become second class citizens. Restrictions include, but are not limited to- no jobs, no financial control, no access to books, no passports, and no real use of language. It's the last limitation th ...more
It's interesting to me how many people are bailing or rating this low because the bad guys are Christians. I'm seeing a lot of "not all Christians" rhetoric here. But to those people I would say, look around! W ...more
“The average person speaks 16,000 words per day. But what if women were limited to just 100?”and it's not in Iran, or Arab countries, but in the US itself.
That's the 5 Stars premise of “Vox”
But now I wish to limit some authors to just 100 pages per novel..
May be it's just me who felt the 325 pages novel annoyingly too long..
The idea is really great, but the writing style with overuse of unnecessary medical details, unbelievable coincidences, some flat characters or the lack of feeling them, pres ...more
Here's the present situation in America:
Liberals find Christian morality offensive and
Christians find liberal immorality offensive.
With the advent of Christianity and Civilization in pagan Europe, our barbarian ancestors began to treat women in a much more civilized manner.
And yes, Christianity and Civilization do go hand in hand together.
For women that have been taught otherwise, I suggest reading:
How the Catholic Church Built Western ...more
Powerful and Terrifying!
Set in the United States, all women have been silenced. Their lives are completely restricted. We are now only allowed to speak 100 words per day. The limitation is controlled by counter on our wrists that will zap us every time we go over. For each infraction, the penalty is more severe. No one is safe. Except the male gender, that is. We are no longer allowed to read books, use phones (or send text messages) and we are no longer able to work, thus ha ...more
This book felt all too real to me as a woman. I would like to see the reactions of some men. It had the same frightening realness (for me) that The Handmaid's Tale did, paired with references to recent past and current events. I did not want to ...more
As a premise, this is a frightening extension of Saint Paul’s prohibition against women speaking in church. That 100-word limit fulfills centuries of efforts to mute women, to punish them for talking, to disallow their testimony and to ...more
I wasn’t going to read this book! I heard some disturbing words about this novel....
That I took an intentional stand to skip it.....
I seriously had no intention to read it as I say.
But between a conversation about this book with a friend over the phone AND....it was available as a library - Overdrive - audiobook - I downloaded it.
I’ve listen to Julia Whelan read books before - she’s top notch terrific as a voice narrator...[“My Year of Relaxation”, “An Anonym ...more
There are many, many reviewers who are up in arms about comparisons to the current political climate, the naming of one religion, Christianity, as the culprit in this book. I didn’t go into this as a foray into the future, one that could not possibly happen, ...more
Not to distract too much from the book itself, but decades ago women and men alike were fighting for the rights of women. The right to vote, the right to safe and legal abortions, the right to equal pay. We've come a long way. Women fill our courtrooms, our emergency wards, our research facilities, working in high-powered careers and having the choice to decide w ...more
I ran through many feelings when reading the first being blood boiling anger whilst shouting " bloody men who do they think they are " to slap every women , teenager and child ( girls only) with a wrist counter which only aloud you a 100 words a day , if you go over they just zap you will a 1000% volts of electricity ' 😒 also a little sadness with the difficulty to communicate with loved ones ( how were they ...more
The mere idea of women not being allowed to speak is gruesome and I don’t even want to imagine that a world like that might actually be possible. The idea and the plot sound intriguing though, so I can’t help but wonder what Christina Dalcher made of it.
Still, I can already tell that the injustice that’s going to happen in this book ...more
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I'm very upset about all the people who read this book and walked away thinking, "Not all Christians! Not all men!" If that was the only thing you took from this admittedly flawed novel, then you are part of the reason that this book was written. I'm not saying that to be mean. I honestly believe that as a fact. History is full of people who have covered their ears when people say things that they don't want to listen to. Look at all the pe ...more
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Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short L ...more