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Set in an America where 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 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 20th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Matthew
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Matthew by: Berkley Publishing Group
I have decided to add a disclaimer to my review. The review in it's entirely is below in the spoiler tag. Here are my reasons for the disclaimer:

- 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
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Miranda Reads
"Honestly, Jacko. You're getting hysterical about it."

Her words flew at me like poisoned arrows. "Well, someone needs to be hysterical around here."


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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.
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
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Kayla Dawn
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Okay, this was bad.

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. I don't even really know how to explain it.

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 was so quick
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Will Byrnes
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
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Deanna
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arcs, my-favorites
My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...


As soon as I read the description for this novel, I knew it was a book I HAD to read.



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
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Tammy
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These days my country consists of states united in hate. At its helm is a man-child. A bully consumed by power, lacking intellect, as well as being morally and ethically deficient. So while the premise of Vox is extreme it doesn’t seem far-fetched. The severe subjugation of women by the angry, white, extremist Christian patriarchy is portrayed at its most monstrous. A counter worn by women allows them to speak when spoken to and then only minimally. Once the allotted one hundred words per day ar ...more
karen
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best science fiction 2018! what will happen?

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
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jessica
a quick google search will show that women speak an average of 20,000 words per day. so imagine if you were limited to only 100.

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
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 thought-provoking and brave stars to Vox!

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
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
THREE STARS

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
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Diane S ☔
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 The Scarlet letter for the near future, but instead of s Puritan society and the red letter A, we have a society where the Christian right has prevailed. Women, even babies are fitted with a leather wristband that limits the words spoken in a day to a hundred. The first time you go over, one receives a small shock, strength of shock is increased with each transgression. 1984, only it is now, cameras are fitted in each house, front door, back door. Books are locked up, only able to be accesse ...more
Justin Tate
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel depicts a chilling dystopia, or as Mike Pence might call it: a visionary blue print for America. Women are limited to speaking only 100 words per day and “immoral” behavior results in hard labor concentration camps. The author does a great job of setting up the world with thinly veiled references to our current political climate. There is a clear message to receive: if you don’t speak out, someday someone will take away your voice. Either figuratively or literally.

After the initial se
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Felicia
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that's just blah for me. The very definition of mediocre, from the storyline to the characters and beyond. There's really nothing that stands out, at least not in a positive way.

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
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Navidad Thélamour
Somewhere along the line, what was known as the Bible Belt, that swath of Southern states where religion ruled, started expanding. It morphed from belt to corset, covering all but the country’s limbs—the democratic utopias of California, New England, the Pacific Northwest, DC, the southern jurisdictions of Texas and Florida—places so far on the blue end of the spectrum they seemed untouchable. But the corset turned into a full bodysuit, eventually reaching all the way to Hawaii. And we never saw ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This one didn't really work for me, but I am giving it one more star than I feel to compensate for my current state of mind - I'm not really feeling into dystopia at the moment, and that isn't this book's fault. I also haven't been able to stomach the second season of The Handmaid's Tale.

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
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Carrie
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
With Vox by Christina Dalcher being compared heavily to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale I decided that in order to do an accurate review I needed to push myself to actually read The Handmaid’s Tale all the way through before picking up this title. I know many have loved Atwood’s take on a dystopian future in which women were treated as property but had tried it before and didn’t care for the style. My second attempt did nothing to improve my feelings however and I was left with a rather un ...more
Lucy Langford
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5** rounded up!

"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 noth
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Mohammed Arabey
“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
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``Laurie Henderson
I'll have to shelf this one under Abominations of Fiction.

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
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The Captain
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: walk-the-plank
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi dystopian eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

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
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Trudi
Ah damn. I had such high hopes for this one. The premise/hook is fantastic, and with the second season of The Handmaid's Tale starting at the end of this month it's going to be so easy for marketers to draw parallels to Atwood's classic feminist masterpiece. But Vox *is not* that book. There's some good ideas contained therein, but none of them are really developed, and a lot of the themes just seem too heavy-handed and on the nose. There is no subtlety, no allegory, the author is using an anvil ...more
Heather
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soooo, women of the USA... imagine that the government has decided that you are only allowed 100 words a day. That all the men around you can speak/read/sign ALL THE WORDS they want, but you get 100 in each 24 hour span. Just think about that for awhile.

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
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
I’m not usually a fan of science fiction but the premise for this novel intrigued me. I looked at it as an escape from heavy historical fiction and thrillers. I was looking for a quick read that kept me interested and this book did just that.

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,
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Susanne Strong
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
5 Astounding Stars!

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
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Elyse Walters
Audiobook....Read by Julia Whelan.

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
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Ron Charles
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic
Christina Dalcher’s “Vox” is the latest novel to give us a fully inflated misogynist nightmare. The story melds one of Western culture’s oldest prejudices with the future’s slickest technology: In the America she imagines, every woman can say only 100 words a day.

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
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Rebecca McNutt
A copycat of The Handmaid's Tale in many ways - and in what sort of modern society exactly would this type of scenario actually unfold?

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
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Tiffany PSquared
Wow. This is a hard review to write. I have to separate what I felt about the subject matter from how I feel about the writing/plot development/characters/etc., and that is not an easy thing to do when all I really want to do is stand on my soapbox for a few minutes!

But I will say, as dystopian novels go, this one was packed full of frustrating circumstances, despair, oppression, and all the negative emotions you can imagine a dystopian novel would contain. No, all the characters aren't likable
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Juli
I have mixed emotions after reading this book. This is probably one of the hardest reviews I've ever had to write. It took me a couple days of thinking it over before I could figure out what I needed to say....and then the right words to say it.

I wanted so badly to enjoy and really "feel'' this story. But it really didn't work for me. On the one hand, as a woman, I totally understand what it's trying to say. But, on the other hand, I didn't enjoy the way it went about it. As a reviewer, I have
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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
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Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short L
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