About the book:
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.
We meet Dr. Jean McClellan and her family on a normal day. Normal for their times, that is. Women are not allowed to speak more than 100 words per day, or they are subjected to a massive electric shock.
We soon discover this is no normal day. The current President’s brother has been involved in an accident affecting his brain, and the President wants the best help for him. The best person is Dr. Jean McClellan.
While she decides whether to help or not, the book goes back in time to explain how they got to this.
This book made me very angry, and very scared. Scared because it was so realistic, and angry because the men either genuinely bought into the belief men were better. It flows at a break neck speed through a few days. My only gripe with the plot is the ending felt very rushed.
I felt a lot of sympathy for Jean. She was just trying to do her best by her family, and when the story went back in time, she didn’t take the growing movement to limit women’s rights seriously.
I would recommend this book.