I can’t remember reading something so compelling and yet, so enraging at the same time…
Perhaps, the first time I read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I was equally inspired with such feelings. VOX was different though. It felt more personal, more visceral.
VOX (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
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.
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Both as a woman, and a mother to a young girl, VOX really steamrolled me! Not only, is the premise a nightmarish affront to my freedom as a human being, but because of the current “political climate” in U.S., it was terrifyingly relevant. The only thing ‘President Myer’ is missing, is the complexion of an umpaloompa.
Can you even fathom this as a possible reality? Doesn’t the phrase “Let’s make America great again!” echo in the underlying message that VOX conveys?
I feel sick just thinking about it. Sick and afraid, because there are way too many individuals in this world who would find this to be the solution. And why stop there? Let’s take away the voice of anyone who doesn’t fit their twisted ideology of what makes “America great”.
As you can see, this book isn’t just an entertaining story. No, it’s also a frightening harbinger of things to come, should we continue to bury our heads in the sand, or continue to blame others for the state of the world today, instead of taking responsiblity for our own actions. Ignorance is NOT bliss and it’s never an excuse.
VOX is a powerful story. It’s riveting, and evocative, and it has an enormously important message. I think it will affect people in different ways, but I feel like it’s a definite must read!
This book spoke to me and I really loved it. The only thing that makes me want to give it 4.8 stars out of 5, is that the ending felt a bit rushed, too tidy. I wish the author had stretched it out just a bit more. Otherwise, it was brilliant!
P.S. It’s times like these, that I am truly thankful to be Canadian!