Vox by Christina Dalcher is an unforgettable story about women’s rights and doing what it takes to protect those you love. In a not-so-far-off future America, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. They can no longer speak up for themselves, they’re no longer taught to read and write, and they’re no longer allowed to hold jobs. It’s a scary future and an amazingly empowering story.
Vox is a fitting book to feature on International Women’s Day, as while it’s fiction (thankfully) it touches on a Handmaid’s Tale-like dystopian world where women have no voice.
While the average human speaks 16,000 words per day (that’s right, count yourself) these women are limited to 100 words per day. Any more and an electronic bracelet will ensure they are reminded of their place. Women are slowly being returned to the home where they take up a “traditional” role, and they are no longer being taught to read or write.
It is an utterly terrifying world, but a compelling read. This is one of the few books that I would rate more than five stars if I could (Ok, realistically I could but what good would that really do to my rating system). It stuck with me well after I’d read it, and even to this day I just can’t get it out of my head.
If you’re looking for a compelling dystopian read that you’ll simply devour, then Vox is the book for you. It is a page-turning read that you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Vox: The Highlights
- Dystopian fiction
- Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
- Female-driven story
- Female author
- Empowering tale
- Unforgettable storyline
This is a book that I recommend ALL THE TIME for women looking for a thrilling dystopian book that will get them truly involved. If you’re looking for something compelling, terrifying and empowering to pick up this International Women’s Day, then give Vox a read.
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