About the book
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 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.
Published by HQ
Publication Date – 23rd August 2018
A terrifying prospect is brought to life by the author in this dystopian novel where women have been silenced. Forced to wear ‘counters’ that add up their daily word count and if they go past 100 words in one day then they will suffer pain. Women have been forced to give up successful jobs and careers, girls are given sewing lessons at school – this truly is a man’s world. And for Dr Jean the only way out is to help the men she despises.
The initial impact of this book is startling! I was gripped by this world that had seen fit to demean half the population all because of the rise of religious beliefs in many States. The way that intelligent women were made to comply, and seemingly have very little support from their husbands’ and even sons, in fighting back against their awful treatment. It really showed just how damaging certain messages could become and influence the minds of seemingly level headed men. In her own home she is faced with the viewpoints that women are better off staying at home and ‘knowing their place’. Fancy hearing that from your own child – whilst you are doing all your best to raise a daughter who has nightmares and gets awards at school for speaking the fewest number of words in one day..
I did find though that the shock factor of this book did begin to wear a little thin as the story seemed to run out of steam and it moved away from the controlling aspect of those in authority into different areas, but it did a great job of teaching you to be aware of what is going on around you in the world and to be engaged with how views and society is changing! I’m sure a lot of us sleepwalk through life unaware of small changes to laws and thought processes, and that’s how easy it is to see those in power start to take control of what you see, what you think and how you can respond.
A thought provoking and fascinating read none the less so can highly recommend it!