“We all don’t have to be carbon copies of one another to work on the same team, but we can learn from other people.”
― Christina Dalcher, Vox
Published: August 21, 2018
My Copy Came From: NetGalley
Read Via: Kindle
My Like Level: 4 out of 5
Genre: Censorship, Dystopian, Political, Women’s Rights
Book Summary From Amazon:
Ok, I put this book off for a bit because honestly, political fiction is the last thing I want to read right now. So what made me choose to read it? I was given an early review copy of it and had seen it all over my Instagram feed so I decided to give it a shot. I am really glad I did!
I thought VOX was extremely well written, and exciting at every turn. I put myself in the shoes of Jean, and other women in the novel and tried to picture what my life would look like if I could only use 100 words per day. Could you imagine? Not only that, but books were locked up, and only men had the keys!! I would die! I asked my husband what he would think if the government only allowed me to speak 100 words per day, and he jokingly said, sign me up! Haha!
This book was awesome because you really don’t know who is on which side. You assume that the men are all in agreement, and while some sympathize with the women, you know they are secretly pleased with the new government regulations. But really, you don’t know where they all stand. In crucial moments of the story, some of them men step it up BIG TIME to help the women of the United States in this story.
I am sure by now you are thinking that this sounds like a clone of The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood. In a sense, you are correct. This story is very similar. I think that in this case though, it works. Even though the stories are alike, they are both very interesting twists on how men of the world think that women are meant to be quiet, obeying, and used for one purpose only. To bear their children. If you read both books you will be angry, but not because they are the same story, because there is yet another idea on how the men of this world could potentially take over. One of the scariest parts of the book for me is reading scenes with Jean’s oldest son. He has been brainwashed by his school to believe that women really are inferior, and that the governments limitations on them are just. His own mother is a Doctor, and even that paired with the fact that she is his mother isn’t enough for him to believe she deserves respect even in their family home.
Read this wonderful thriller with a grain of salt. It is a fictional story. While I hope we never face a world that becomes insane like this, I am not a believer that we are there yet unlike many women who have, or will read VOX and my review. I’m sure this puts me in the minority…but oh well. I see this book purely as fictional entertainment.
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for giving me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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