Review – Vox by Christina Dalcher


August 29, 2018 by ceresbooksworld


Vox by Christina Dalcher


Publisher: HQ

Publication date: August 23rd, 2018

Source: Paperback bought at YALC

Rating: 5 hearts




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 are entering an America where women are not allowed to say more than 100 words a day, it’s quite awful to see how stupid men can be. Even little girls have that restriction. This has not always been the case and Jean has great difficulty getting used to the idea of wearing her bracelet and not being able to speak or comfort her daughter. Jean is the mother of four children, three boys and one girl, she and her husband try as best as they can to raise them with respect for women, but unfortunately the school instils very different ideas.

I loved this book because it deals with a sensitive subject, change happens very quickly, nobody sees it coming but women are forced to stay at home and take care of the home. Several sentences in this book made me howl with rage because it is not human to take people’s freedom away on the pretext that it is God’s will. In this world, women are responsible for all the evils of the earth, it’s our fault if men can’t stop stuffing their cocks everywhere, it’s also our fault if the household is not done, if dinner is not ready when Man returns. I was touched by Jean who tries to change things the way she can. She is an intelligent woman who will do everything to save her little girl, and allow her to live a normal life, she will have to struggle with her big son, because he will think like all the religious man told him to do.

I was moved by this book and also a little scared because it is not something that is impossible, what I mean is that when we see how the American president is behaving towards women, it is quite likely that if he reads it, he will be tempted to implement it. After I am French, I live far from this world but it is exactly like Jean in the book. The whole world isn’t like that, just the United States. There were rebels, but they were quickly killed.

This book is really well written and gives food for thought, both on the role of women in the modern world and on religion which has not evolved, especially from the point of view of women.

Quick Word: A very well written story that will make you vibrate and howl with rage.


Nous entrons dans une Amérique où les femmes n’ont pas le droit de dire plus de 100 mots par jour, c’est assez affreux de voir à quel point les hommes peuvent être idiots. Même les petites filles ont cette restriction. Ça n’a pas toujours été le cas et Jean a beaucoup de mal à se faire à l’idée de porter son bracelet et de ne pas pouvoir parler ou réconforter sa fille. Jean est mère de 4 enfants, 3 garçons et 1 fille, son mari et elle essaient tant bien que mal de les élever dans le respect des femmes mais malheureusement l’école inculque des idées bien différentes.

J’ai adoré ce livre parce qu’il traite d’un sujet sensible, le changement arrive très vite, personne ne le voit venir mais les femmes sont obligés de rester à la maison et de prendre soin du foyer. Plusieurs phrases de ce livre m’ont fait hurler de rage car ce n’est pas humain d’enlever la liberté des gens en prétextant que c’est la volonté de Dieu. Dans ce monde, les femmes sont responsables de tous les maux de la terre, c’est de notre faute si les hommes ne peuvent se retenir de fourrer leurs bites partout, c’est aussi notre faute si le ménage n’est pas fait, si le diner n’est pas prêt lorsque l’Homme rentre. J’ai été touché par Jean qui du coup essai de changer les choses comme elle peut. C’est une femme intelligente qui va tout faire pour sauver sa petite fille, et lui permettre de vivre une vie normale.

Ce livre m’a émue et aussi un peu fait peur car ce n’est pas une chose qui est impossible, ce que je veux dire c’est que lorsque l’on voit comment le président américain se conmporte vis-à-vis des femmes, il est tout à fait probable que si il lit se livre, il soit tenté de le mettre en application. Après je suis française, je vis loin de ce monde mais c’est exactement comme Jean dans le livre. Le monde entier n’est pas comme ça, juste les Etats Unis. Il y a bien eu des rebelles mais ils ont vite été tués.

Ce livre est vraiment bien écrit et il donne matière à réflexion, que ce soit sur le rôle des femmes dans le monde moderne ou sur la religion qui n’a pas évoluée, surtout au point de vue des femmes.

En bref : Une histoire très bien écrite qui vous fera vibrer et hurler de rage.

About the author

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short List; nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions; and multiple other awards. She teaches flash fiction as a member of the faculty at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Dalcher’s novels.
After spending several years abroad, most recently in Sri Lanka, Dalcher and her husband now split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy.
Her debut novel, VOX, will be published in August 2018 by Berkley (an imprint of Penguin Random House)




2 thoughts on “Review – Vox by Christina Dalcher

  1. Many thanks for the kind review of VOX, Carine! Much appreciated!

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