Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#Book #Review. . .Vox By Christina Dalcher. . .#Goodread

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.

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

If you’d like to know what the lack of voting looks like, you need to read Vox. If you’re the type of person who sticks your head in the sand and pretend that what happens in our government and politics doesn’t matter to you, you need to read Vox. Not paying attention to what is happening in our country and allowing others to make decisions that directly affect your life will ultimately cause you to lose your voice, among other things!

Don’t believe it? Dr. Jean McClellan never thought for one minute that she’d lose all her rights as a woman, let alone being a human. She, like so many people, left politics for ‘others’ to deal with. She never felt she had a role in her own destiny, and not to mention, her daughter’s destiny. How about the future destinies of women in America period! When Jean’s college roommate told her back in the day that she needed to become more active in politics and to do a few protests and get her ass up to go vote, Jean didn’t feel she needed to get involved. Hmm, perhaps later in life when soldiers came to her offices and removed every woman working in the building and taking them to camps where the American government outfitted every woman with a ‘bracelet’ that came in multiple colors and told the women you have a quota of 100 words to speak per day, you think Jean wished she changed her attitude now?

Oh yeah, the American government was being run by President Samuel Myers, who not only outfitted every woman in America with these horrible bracelets, his own wife, the First Lady, had to adorn one as well. Women lost their voices, their rights as a human being and were sent back to the Beaver-Cleaver days where women didn’t work outside the home, but rather stayed home and took care of the household; had dinner ready when their husbands returned home; took care of the children and were seen and not heard. Women weren’t allowed to have an opinion. Women weren’t allowed to read books. They weren’t permitted to be educated. Any decisions that needed to be made could only be made by their husbands and/or men period. They couldn’t even receive mail. Because there were cameras set up everywhere, you couldn’t sign language or even mouth words to another woman for fear the cameras would see and she suffer the consequences which were extreme. And women who were pregnant prayed their unborn fetus was a boy because if it was a girl, she was slapped with a bracelet as soon as she hit the air and hollered “waah!”

Any woman who went over the 100-word quota for the day would receive a shock to her wrist, and if said woman continued to go over the limit, could possibly have her arm severely burned or worse, end up missing, never to be heard from again. Um hmm, Jean was sorry she didn’t vote and pay close attention to what the women in government were trying to convey to the American public. It was too late, men had taken everything. They ruled America and if you didn’t fall in line with what they wanted, you’d be disposed of. The bottom line, women were meaningless. Women were good for one thing—lying on their backs keeping America moving forward.

Jean was sickened to know her baby girl, Sophia, would have to grow up like this. Women weren’t permitted to travel, so she was stuck and couldn’t leave America. What kind of life was this going to be for her and her daughter, and all the daughters in America? As you continue to read this grotesquely terrifying story, it will become clear that this story isn’t just a fictional story, but one that could potentially happen. Are you a voter? Are you a female voter? If you think Vox couldn’t happen, you had better guess again! 

I would have given this story five stars, but for me, the ending didn’t jell with the rest of the story. This was such an amazing story that scared me more than any horror story I’ve ever read because I see the parallels between the story and what is truly happening in our country for real. I’m terrified that this could really happen to us women. Jean made me so angry because of her selfishness. As the story advances, it’s almost as if you’re reading two different stories which makes the story somewhat disjointed. But again, it doesn’t take away from the dynamics of the story. It’s one of the most incredible stories I’ve read and if this novel doesn’t wake you the hell up, I don’t know what more you need? In fact, this story was so incredible, I feel it should be mandatory reading in all schools. That’s how deep this story goes!

I urge you, especially women, to read this book. Recognize what is happening in this story because it’s eerily like what we’re dealing with now. Stay woke, people!

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