Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Title: Vox
Author: Christina Dalcher
Pages: 326
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Free ARC from Berkley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Berkley via Edelweiss & NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

Review: In the beginning, this book made me so angry. Enraged, if I’m being entirely truthful. Not because the author did anything wrong (actually this is a sign she did it quite right), but because it tapped into deep-seated fears I have as a woman living in the US at this exact moment. To some, it may seem far-fetched, but welcome to the dystopian genre, my friends. It is all about the s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

I’ve seen several comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I get it, but it is only the same in that it is about the misogynistic oppression, subjugation, and silencing of women. From that point on, everything is different, from the method to the outcome. But it is no less infuriating (at least in the beginning). In a different political climate, I doubt I would have had such a visceral reaction to it, so the timing is masterful.

As incensed as I was at first, the story takes a turn along the way and the mood shifts. It’s hard to put this change into words without giving away too much, but I’ll say that what starts out feeling like social commentary about the danger in rolling back rights turns into more of a suspense novel with an unexpected romantic complication. While I appreciated some parts of the ending, there were some aspects I struggled with.

Overall, a very interesting read.

9 Replies to “Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher”

  1. Wonderful review Myndi and yay for getting another book off of your Netgalley TBR!!👏👏
    Happy Election Day! I am going to vote in a little while. I’m going to let the people who vote before work mad rush finish before I attempt to get over there!😊🇺🇸🇺🇸💕💕

    Lots of wind coming here today and it’s friggin raining again!☔☔

    • Thanks, Susan!

      Happy Election Day to you as well! I went over after I got my kids off to school. In and out in under ten minutes, despite the two dozen booths being full at all times! We do have early voting and absentee voting, but I like the process of voting at the polls. It feels different somehow.

      Yay for voting!!! 🇺🇸

      Drizzle all morning, loads of rain on the way tonight, and haven’t seen the sun in days. That is what I miss the most. If we could just get one sunny day every few days, it would be tolerable. 🌞

    • Thanks, Carla! And sorry for the late reply! Definitely not a book for everyone. It was a good enough read, but if I hadn’t read it, I don’t feel I’d have missed out. 😉

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