#SundayRead: Vox

I read The Handmaid’s Tale when it was first published. It’s one of those novels that stayed with me all these years later. Vox will be the same.

In the last month, I’ve received two books with similar themes. In fact, Elle magazine says this novel is a “petrifying re-imagining of The Handmaid’s Tale in the present”.

As its title suggests, this novel is about the voice and speaking (out).

Jean McClellan’s life has changed now that a new government has taken over. The lives of every woman have changed actually. Women’s bank accounts have been frozen, their passports revoked and women cannot have jobs. Young girls are not allowed to read or write.

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Jean now lives in almost complete silence 100 words a day, to be precise.

If she goes over her quota, she risks 1 000 volts of electricity coursing through her veins.

But Jean will reclaim her voice for herself, her daughter and the many other women like her.

Vox is disturbing, yet unforgettable. It is indeed petrifying.

Vox by Christina Dalcher is published by HarperCollins.

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