Book Review | Vox by Christina Dalcher

“Think about what you need to do to stay free.”

Just me pretending to not have a voice like the women in the book. A total nightmare.

Usually, the most important thing from a book is that it immediately grabs your attention from the absolute beginning. There are slow burn books that gradually get better and build to a beautiful exciting conclusion. But we most yearn for the books that rapture us into their stories. Vox is one of these books. It was wild and I could have finished it in two nights, but I stopped myself because I wanted to make it last as long as possible.

Here is the link to the synopsis on Goodreads so I do not bore you with the details except for one: in this dystopian version of the United States everything is normal except that women are only allowed to speak 100 words or less. They also aren’t allowed to pretty much do freaking ANYTHING. It’s a complete a total nightmare and every time I turned the page I gave a mental (and many times verbal) WTF?!

I also appreciated that our main characters are scientists. That was beyond cool and interesting and I’ve never read a book with characters like Jean, Lin, Enzo, or Patrick. Not going to lie, I had to look up some things they talked about in the book because I felt like a 1st grader and then suddenly I found myself down the rabbit-hole of the internet learning about neuro-linguistics. Guys, it’s complicated.

The ending of Vox, I have to admit, was the only thing I didn’t really enjoy. Although fast-paced is good for the most part, the ending felt way too rushed. Without spoiling anything, there are deadlines and I completely get that, but I wish the author would have expanded a bit more, changed the storylines for some of the characters too. It felt a bit lacking and I think this is also because we get so much from some of the characters during the first 2/3 of the book that the last part leaves you going… “Wait, what?” Vox wasn’t completely unsatisfying, I wish it would have ended differently.

Either way, still worth the read! The topic is interesting and important and reflects heavily the fears that society has now. Whether you follow politics or not, it’s hard to ignore the injustices that happen in our world. Our main girl Jean tries to do this. She constantly tries to ignore the injustice, plays off the weird politics as a joke, “that would never happen” is thought many times… until it does happen. It reminds me of the quote by Martin Niemöller ” and I believe it summarizes the idea behind the book beautifully:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/martin-niemoeller-first-they-came-for-the-socialists

It’s important to show some compassion friends. Even if situations don’t directly affect us, they will in the end.

Hopefully the library doesn’t care that I put it on the ground for the sake of a picture.

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