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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

#RandomReviews - Vox

Book Title: Vox

Author: Christina Dalcher

Reviewed By: Lynn D.

In a near future dystopian America, speech is an instrument of control. Women's rights have been gradually repressed for years, but after the election of a conservative president with a strong religious advisor, scripture and politics unite to force women to limit their words to only 100 per day. Without voices, women can no longer hold jobs, have bank accounts, or even read or write - all words count toward their allotment. Jean, a former cognitive linguist studying aphasia, watches in virtual silence and horror as her young sons are indoctrinated and her six-year-old daughter learns not to speak.

When the president's brother is diagnosed with aphasia, Jean's area of expertise, she is asked to help cure him in exchange for a reprieve from the speech limit. Can she use this temporary respite as an opportunity to fight the establishment? It turns out that there is more at stake...

Why you picked it up: I had heard it compared to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale plus it sounded very contemporary.

Why you finished it: I had to find out how it ended.

Who you would recommend it to: I would recommend it to people who liked The Handmaid's Tale and to anyone concerned with women's rights.

Find Vox in our catalog.

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