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Vox by Christina Dalcher
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3.5 stars. Chilling dystopian/sci fi novel about what happens in our country when extreme religious misogyny becomes the law of the land. In a not too distant future, all females are forbidden from careers and are forced to wear ‘word counters’ on their wrists preventing them from speaking more than 100 words a day. For every extra word uttered, the bracelet sends an extremely painful jolt that increases with each one. I’d give 4 stars for the first half of the book, which focuses on a wife and mother living in this strange hell. But the McClellan family is hardly typical; Patrick McClellan is a science advisor to the President and Jean is a renowned neurolinguist - and she has something the government desperately wants. The action speeds up quickly when the government forces Jean back to work, dropping the book into the 2.5-3-star range. The plot becomes frenetic, more preposterous and a bit confusing, following with a rushed and tidy wrap-up. I enjoyed the first half quite a bit more for its plausibility although I found the characters underdeveloped and not very sympathetic. In all, I think the author did a thorough and entertaining job convincing me that kind of world isn’t entirely unimaginable, given the government we live under today.

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Reading Progress

October 4, 2018 – Shelved
October 4, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 16, 2019 – Started Reading
June 18, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Eileen I had the same reaction. Interesting, and horrifying, premise, and it started off strong. But I thought the execution flagged as the book progressed and it struck me as kind of pot-boiler-ish toward the end. Still decent overall.

Angela Yes! Do you think it would make a good movie?

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