I knew I would find it hard to read this book. I love dystopian novels and find anything tackling the areas around sexism and feminism intriguing however it is something I am very sensitive to.
Synopsis on Goodreads:
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.
A new president has been elected in the United States and a new mandate as been declared – women are only allowed to speak up to 100 words a day or they face a painful punishment. The ramifications of this are huge – women cannot no longer work, properly communicate and have to rely on men to rule the country and support their lives. It’s a scary concept and one that made me angry throughout the book – especially at how some of the men behaved despite it being their wives and daughters that were affected.
I thought the book was really well written and the characters were excellently constructed. The storyline as a whole was riveting and I flew through the book. The only downside was that the ending seemed to be over very quickly.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.