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.
Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
The thought that something like this could happen in the U.S. is terrifying, disturbing, and inconceivable. It’s a chilling reminder, albeit extreme, about what can potentially happen if you remain silent.
Parts of this book enraged me – not only that of women being limited to 100 words per day, stripped of their jobs and identities, and forbidden to read or watch only approved media – but also the rules placed upon gays and lesbians, with their children taken away, and being forced into heterosexual relationships. It’s maddening and surreal – and yet there are probably still people in this country who might embrace this way of life, and that’s the scary part.
Even with the bits of backstory woven in, I thought the massive life-altering changes seemed to come about rather suddenly. Being a science geek, I enjoyed the scientific details, but found some areas a bit too technical and possibly unneeded. Nearing the end, I wondered if there might be a second book, but things wrap up rather quickly, and some events aren’t entirely clear.
This is a perfect choice for a book club, and would no doubt encourage much discussion. I’d definitely recommend this to dystopian fans. Vox is scheduled for publication August 21st, 2018.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.