Review | Vox by Christina Dalcher

“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. That’s what they say, right?” 1.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: lab rats, double standards, privileges, electric “bracelets” and silence.

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 to speak 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.

*Some spoilers ahead, proceed with caution!*

Vox disappointed me. When I first read the premise of the book I got really excited to get it and read it. A world where women are controlled to only say 100 words per day? I love dystopian books and this sounded amazing. And it was… in the beginning.

The story starts off nicely. They build the world and tell that women stopped having access to books, passports, information and other small, normal things. But after about a third of the book, the story changes direction abruptly and to me it felt like it was no longer about the main premise. The main idea was lost in things that weren’t even relevant to the story. 

The characters were so flat, plain and unlikeable that I didn’t care for anyone. The first third of the book made me hate Jean’s husband and older son – especially her older son. But I even disliked Jean. I tried to relate to her as a woman and a scientist (I’m not one anymore though), but I just couldn’t find a single relatable thing about her. She kept saying she cared about her kids, but she was selfish enough to get back to that italian (plain) guy just because he was good to her. I will say I liked how her relationship with her daughter was portrayed, but was she really willing to leave her other kids behind just because they were boys? Really? I will say I liked the fact that she had a daughter and sons because it was a good way to show the readers the contrast between gender privileges.

There are so many moments I thought “what the hell is going on”. This story could be realistic, but they seriously worked and developed a drug in weeks? Really? And that ending with her husband…? Oh my God. I had no words for so many reasons. And the way the book ends for Jean? I don’t want to get in too much detail, but this was the nail in the coffin for me. For a book that talks about woman power, the ending was just ridiculous.

I could be here all day to point out all the problems I had with this book, but in a nutshell: the plot is terrible, there is no backstory or explanation, the characters are plain and unlikeable and there are too many unbelievable coincidences and unnecessary stereotypes.

For a book I was so excited to read, I was bored the entire time. I’m honestly surprised I finished this book, but I just kept going because I hoped it would get better. I’m just disappointed because the concept had so much potential but the execution and plot completely ruined the book for me. Better books will come though!


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