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Vox Reader Reviews

Vox

Michelle McKernan

A brilliant pacey, tense and dark read which was impossible to put down. At first I thought it was going to be too similar to The Handmaid's Tale but I was wrong. Following the life of a woman in a version of the USA where she can only say 100 words a day, it is full of tension and twists - skilfully written.

This is such a dark, clever and thought-provoking book. At first I thought it was going to be too similar to The Handmaid's Tale but I was wrong. I found it so hard to put down - I desperately wanted to know what was coming next. The pace is brilliant and kept me hooked throughout. The characters are believable and the author has created so much empathy for them.

It follows the life of a family, specifically the mother, who are living in a version of the USA where females can only say 100 words a day. You can feel their frustration and fear as the story unravels, increased by the feelings of those she loves the most.

There are a couple of big twists, none of which I saw coming, which was great.
Right up until the end I couldn't see where it was going to go which I loved. I would definitely look out for this author again.

Tracey Thomas

A fast paced fantastic debut that will have you gripped, angered and cheering from the sidelines.

I was very excited to receive a copy of this book billed as the new Handmaid's Tale. A thought provoking dark dystopian novel and I believe it fits the bill. A terrifying book in a way, as it could actually happen. 

Full of strong female characters who have been silenced but still speak volumes, full of hateful men who make you so angry you grip the book even tighter, but a couple of men who stand up and support the females. At one point in the book there is a line, “you know babes, I wonder if it was better when you didn’t talk” my mouth dropped in shock and I had to close the book for a few minutes.

A fast paced fantastic debut that will have you gripped, angered and cheering from the sidelines. A must read for 2018.

Linde Merrick

A dark, dystopian thriller in which silence becomes a weapon against women.

Christina Dalcher has created a dystopian United States for this exciting thriller in which the government is in thrall to the doctrines of a fundamentalist Bible Belt preacher. This results in women being confined to the domestic realm, and their speech controlled by means of electric shock “bracelets” to a maximum of a hundred words a day. This is particularly distressing for the principal character, Dr Jean McClellan who was a cognitive linguist working on advanced medical solutions to speech problems following brain damage.

She is released from her purgatory because the government need her expertise but she discovers that all is not as it seems once she is back working with her previous scientific and medical colleagues. Dalcher manages to create an almost unbearable sense of tension throughout her plot, and the novel is a real page turner which builds to an unexpected climax.

I found this thriller a though-provoking read, addressing complex issues on the roles of men and women, subversive activity and governmental control.

Suzanne Beney

I'd certainly recommend this book but with a caveat... don't read it if you've read The Handmaid's Tale recently, as it feels too similar.

When I first started reading Vox I kept thinking how familiar it felt, it was easy to draw strong parallels to The Handmaid's Tale. However, the more invested I became in the characters and the story that feeling started to drop away.

The concept is an interesting one - with women only allowed 100 words a day. Yet, this quickly took a back seat as the main character was relieved of this punishment as she was required to carry out research to save the President's brother...or so it seemed. I'd of really liked to have seen this 100 word element of the story explored further.

There are a great number of twists and turns in this book that keep the energy and pace high. Personally, I felt that maybe there were a few too many ideas all combined into the one story. However, I did find this book to be a page turner and I wanted to find out what happened next.

The characters are well thought out, and provide a great cast that you can become caught up in. There's plenty of moments where you feel empathy for some of the characters and the tough decisions they have to make.

For me, the ending is also a little disappointing simply because it feels like it is all wrapped up far too quickly in comparison with the rest of the story.

That said, I'd certainly recommend this book but with a caveat... don't read it if you've read The Handmaid's Tale recently as it will feel to similar. Give it time and you'll enjoy it for its own merits.

Manisha

The book is very gripping and thought-provoking. It really makes you think about how this is all too possible in the near future, and how important for women to fight for equal rights.

I had heard and read lots about this book online and I was a bit doubtful about it at first but decided I would give it ago. I am so glad that I did as I absolutely loved it.

Imagine waking up one morning and finding out that all women and girls are not allowed to say more than a 100 words a day, and if you do you will be punished by being given an electronic shock. Every word you say is monitored by a little device “counter” that is worn on the wrist of every female and once you reach 100 the very same device will send a shock through your body.

The book is very gripping and thought-provoking. It really makes you think about how this is all too possible in the near future, and how important for women to fight for equal rights.

Christina Dalcher has written this book well, and comparing the writing style to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale I thought VOX was much easier to read and the story flowed much better. She has good strong characters throughout the book. I have read a few good books so far this year, but this one is up there with some of my favourites for this year.

A must read for dystopian fiction fans, and even if you’re not a fan still a must read. It’s not very often that I give a book 5 out of 5, but this I thought this book definitely deserves it.

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780008300630
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Christina Dalcher
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Dystopian Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Fantasy,