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Publisher's Summary

One of Entertainment Weekly's and SheReads' books to read after The Handmaid's Tale

One of Good Morning America's "Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer"

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 16,000 words a day, but now women have only 100 to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

©2018 Christina Dalcher (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Julia Whelan brings this realistic, thought-provoking debut to life with heart.... A frighteningly believable story that ends with hope." (AudioFile)

"[An] electrifying debut." (O, Oprah Magazine)

"The real-life parallels will make you shiver." (Cosmopolitan)

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don't waste your time

a mediocre book made downright awful by an incredibly stupid ending. handmaid's tale ripoff. the narrator was pretty good though

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tonya
  • Signal Mountain , TN United States
  • 08-24-18

Disappointed

Gender stereotypes
Cultural stereotypes
Ethnic stereotypes
I wanted to like this book, but I found it too predictable filled with cliches.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Handmaid wanna be

Story is unrealistic. Limiting women to 100 words per day is pointless. How would a women who is to keep house and raise children function without words? A lot of science in this book which does not seem possible. At least with the handmaid tale the treatment of the citizens of Gilead seems plausible

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Great concept but the end felt rushed

I really enjoyed the concept of this story but the dialogue was unnatural and the end felt like the author just got in a hurry to wrap things up; I don’t want to give it away but- I felt the author should have spent more time with it. Too rushed- so rushed that some things just left me going, “but wait- why did they do that and how did they get from here to there ??”

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Handmaid's Tale Almost

I can't exactly put my finger on why I didn't enjoy this book more, but its was just okay. It feel very Handmaid's Tale, but Marget Atwood is more my style of writing than Christina Dalcher is. I wish I could give 3.5 stars.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Quite disparaging towards Louisianans

The lack of tolerance is clear in this writing. The author attacks certain segments of the population in an unrelenting fashion. Disguising political motivation in a far-fetching dystopian tale doesn't make this story interesting or thought provoking.
Ms. Whelan is again, most excellent, and the best thing about this audio.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • California
  • 08-24-18

Deserves less than a star

I almost NEVER write reviews, but I had to tell everyone to not waste your money. As a fan of Handmaid's tale, I really thought I would enjoy the concept of this book. Unfortunately it lacked narrative constancy, a coherent theme and any development in character.

First of all, the hostility towards Christianity and conservatives is so blatantly apparent she will be losing 50% of the population's readership in the first few chapters. It's lack of subtly to even understand Christian theology made it impossible for me to find myself drawn into this world. It seemed so fictional that I found myself laughing in scenes that were supposed to be making a thought-provoking jab at today's Christian culture.

Second, the book has moments where it mentioned women weren't allowed to read anymore yet in other scenes she is reading a bedtime story to her daughter. Other narrative inconsistencies include the mention that the counter bracelets only went on a year ago, yet she talks about counters she has for infants that her daughter had worn (which makes no sense because her daughter is 6 or 7). She is also allowed to go to the doctor to find out whether she is pregnant without her husband's knowledge? Seems like this wouldn't be the case in a world where they aren't supposed to even write. How would she explain why she was there on her 100 words? All the Bible versus she reads are made up as well. This all took me out of the book and made the story lack narrative constancy.

Third, the theme. I started to immediately understand that the book was trying to cover every current political issue in one book which gave me whip lash. If she had decided one main issue to focus and expand on I think the book would have been much more intriguing. Halfway through book I started to realize the bigger theme was that the protagonist was a feminist but had decided to sit on the sidelines instead of fight for what she believed and soon it was too late to fight. I thought this was actually an inspiring idea. Don't sit on the sidelines while the world goes to hell. Unfortunately, the author completely ruined it at the end when she had the protagonist move across seas and decide to stay out of politics for a while. Isn't that how this had all happened before? Because she sat on the sidelines? It made no sense.

Lastly, the book was boring. The author spent too much time describing scenes where she gets mail out of the mailbox and where she puts monkeys back in cages and less with the character's development. She has been having an affair with a man from work but instead of exploring the moment where her husband finds out the truth, the author turns away from that moment. She also added in characters randomly like the Linn's girlfriend. I would have loved to have explored more of how they had broken up because the new government. Lastly, her husband. You think he's weak weasel throughout most of the book and towards the end you find out he actually makes the ultimate sacrifice. The author didn't do a good job transitioning from weasel to hero. It felt forced.

Overall, the book was too long in some parts and too short in others. Besides complete blasphemy on Christianity (can't authors just make up a religion instead of using one that is about love and grace?) it lacks theme, character development and a good ending.

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Superb narration!

This story hits a llittle too close to home. Narrator is excellent. I read reviews before reading and expected to be disappointed...not at all. Had I been turning pages, I would have been doing so swiftly!!

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Too much anger in the telling

I have listened to and enjoyed other books narrated by Julia Whelan, but this one was told in a very one-dimensional tone of bitterness, resentment and fury. There didn’t seem to be any gradations - the narrator was always angry. Not that she didn’t have good reason to be, but when there were opportunities for tender or compassionate moments, the affect was absent.

As for the story - interesting premise with promise for engagement but too many holes and the ending was rushed and unacceptably simplified. Plus the narration robbed the character of her humanity.

Generally, not the most satisfying listen.

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I have thought about this book for months

I bought and started listening right off on the release day. Although the middle was less than good, the first and last part made it into my dreams. Every day I am taken back to it if only for a second which makes it highly unique.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful