Vox by Christina Dalcher @CVDalcher @HQstories @LilyCapewell #100words #VOX #WeWillNotBeSilenced


Author : Christina Dalcher
Title : Vox
Pages : 384
Publisher : HQ
Publication date : August 21, 2018 (ebook)


Silence can be deafening.

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…


100 words a day. Just sit and think for a minute how that would impact your life.

A life where you walk around with a counter bracelet, ticking down every time you utter a word until you reach your daily limit. Where an electric shock awaits you if you dare speak one word more. You can’t, can you? And things for Jean and all the women in her country are far worse than that. No sign language, no writing notes, no reading. No passports, no jobs, no bank accounts and each and every decision is made by the men.

Men who may not all agree with what’s going on but for various reasons don’t stand up to make a change. Young boys who are growing up in this environment, almost brainwashed to the point where they think this treatment of women is perfectly acceptable. Little girls who aren’t allowed to learn how to read or write, who have never been read a bedtime story and for whom remaining silent all day suddenly seems like a fun competition. And people who don’t fit the mould or break the rules are sent to camps for the rest of their lives.

This incredibly frightening scenario sadly sounds all too believable in this day and age. It made me angry and it saddened me. The whole thing may seem far-fetched and yet, parts of it are extremely plausible. You may think, just like Jean, this will never come to pass but before she and other women realise, there they are. There’s a lesson here. Stand up and make your voice count. Not only vocally but by voting. As the characters in the novel say, the time to act is always now.

This is quite a hard one to review. It evokes a lot of emotions but it’s one of those books you need to read for yourself to get the full impact of immersing yourself into these women’s circumstances and hoping you’ll never find yourself in that position.

Vox is immensely powerful and thought-provoking, leaving me with a massive feeling of claustrophobia and sheer dread. It’s disturbing, more terrifying than any gruesome thriller I’ve ever read or nightmare I’ve ever had. It’ll make you think and get under your skin and like me, I doubt you’ll ever forget it.

My thanks to Lily Capewell at HQ for my review copy!

Vox will be published in ebook format on August 21st.

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  34 comments for “Vox by Christina Dalcher @CVDalcher @HQstories @LilyCapewell #100words #VOX #WeWillNotBeSilenced

  1. August 20, 2018 at 11:22 am

    It does sound really thought-provoking and one that makes you appreciate life as it is just a little more. I definitely want to read this. I sent an e-mail too for a copy of this book when I saw the tweet for bloggers but didn’t receive a reaction or copy.

    Liked by 2 people

    • August 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Aw, I’m so sorry to hear you missed out. That’s strange although I do know they got a massive response. I got the Netgalley widget because they ran out of proof copies.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. August 20, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Great review – need to read this I think!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. August 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Fantastic review I really want to read this!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. August 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    This is on my tbr, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has created claustrophobia in me so I’m looking forward to this

    Liked by 2 people

  5. August 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much for the excellent review! I’m delighted to hear you liked VOX! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    My current read… very chilling! Great review 😃

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark
    August 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Fabulous review! Just finish this yesterday and I agree very thought-provoking, cannot even imagine being limited to only 100 words, not to mention everything else!

    Liked by 2 people

    • August 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Right? I was all “eh, 100 words, whatever” because I quite rock at the whole silent treatment thing 🤣 but no, this went way beyond that and it freaked me out.


  8. August 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I have a copy of this book and it makes me nervous to read it! I couldn’t think of a world where you can’t talk for more than 100 words!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Jo
    August 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Great review, Eva! I’ve got this on pre-order, and can’t wait to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. August 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Awesome review! I have this one in my sights to pick up soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. August 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Imagine if our reviews had to be less than a hundred words… 😱

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Yvo
    August 21, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Fab review! I love the sound of this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. August 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Great review. I’m so excited for this book!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. August 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
    And here i was thinking the handmaid’s tale was a bad scenario for women and surely nothing really could be worse. Well, i guess i was wrong. This is equally just as bad. :/
    Awesome review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 22, 2018 at 11:18 am

      I’ve not read or watched The Handmaid’s Tale. I should, shouldn’t I?

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Oooh, the TV show is really good!
        I would say read the book first (it’s quite short anyway), cuz that will give you a better understanding of what’s going on in the series in the beginning. But then the show expands on a story a bit more later and have stuff that was not in the book.


  15. August 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Fantastic review Eva! I’m completely sold on this book now, thank you. 😘

    Liked by 1 person

  16. August 22, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I can’t imagine existing in such a world. What a tough scenario for the women! I like how you equated it to our world right now and voting as our voice. Great review Eva!


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