Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vox - Christina Dalcher

You’ve read The Handmaid's Tale and you're caught up on the last episode of the series. Now what? Here’s one that might fill the bill - Vox by Christina Dalcher.

It’s not hard to imagine a future (present or past) where women’s lives are controlled by men. And how is that control achieved in Vox? By language - the lack of, to be precise. In Vox women are only allowed 100 words a day. They wear a silver band on their wrist that shocks them if they go over that limit, increasing in voltage with every word above the limit. It's all part of a return to 'traditional values'. "Pure"

Jeanne McClellan was a neurolinguist before her voice was taken away. It is only when the new president needs a cure for his brother that her bracelet is taken off and she’s brought in to resume work on her research - restoring language to brain-damaged individuals. But with every suppression...there's resistance. Vox details a time in the near future that isn't too hard to imagine.

I enjoyed Dalcher's world building. And yes, it's not much of a stretch to see the traditional value, male dominated society. Dalcher herself has worked in the linguistics field and that knowledge gave the plot depth and detail. There's lots of action as the tension ramps up to the final 'showdown'. The author has created a good cast of characters in both Jeanne and supporting players. I did find myself more drawn to those supporters though, instead of  Jeanne. I didn't agree with some of her decisions or treatment of other resistance members.

Some developments and plot directions seemed a bit quick,  if you will. There were points where I felt there should be more plausibility built in. But, on reading the publisher's notes, I learned that Vox was written in two months - which is pretty darn amazing.

There's lots of food for thought in Vox, mirroring many of today's news headlines. I was thoroughly entertained  by Vox and would be curious to see what Dalcher writes next. Here's an excerpt of Vox. (And that cover is great isn't it?!)


bermudaonion said...

I'm listening to this right now and, so far, I'm loving it.

Christina Dalcher said...

Thank you for the lovely words about VOX! Much appreciated. And -- BermudaOnion -- are you by any chance from Bermuda? My dad was born and raised there!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Sounds horrifyingly interesting.

Lori Bree said...

Excited to read this one. On the hold list at the library!

Dianna said...

This was such an interesting story. It definitely reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale, at least a little bit.

Luanne said...

Bermudaonion - glad you're enjoying it as well.

Christina - thank you for stopping by - and for such a good read!

Many Thoughts of a Reader - not so far from reality....

Lori - Let me know how you like it!

Dianna - yes, there are definitely overtones of The Handmaid's Tale.