Vox by Christina Dalcher
Published: August 21st, 2018 | Source: Simon & Schuster for review
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 to speak 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.
I was so excited to receive this package from Simon & Schuster Canada. When I read the blurb, I was already pumped to read it. This book came at a perfect time when women are finding the voice to speak out against inequalities and injustices rooted in sexual abuse. But for some reason, I set it aside as the writing was not jiving well with me. I really want to read it, though. So today, I thought I’d feature it here to serve as a reminder.
So this is set in a world where women’s spoken words are counted. But that was just the beginning. It’s been heralded (and chided) as a The Handmaid’s Tale copycat. That alone makes this novel so interesting to read.
Books from the Backlog is a weekly feature from Carole’s Random Life in Books.
It’s a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.
Books from the Backlog is a feature from Carole’s Random Life in Books. It’s a way to feature some books that you’ve long neglected in the hopes that you’ll finally, finally have the inkling to read them.
This week, I’m featuring books that I’ve bought back in 2013. I know that’s when I bought them because that was the date when I took the picture. Ha.
Back in the days when I have money to burn for books, I buy random releases that I see in the blogosphere. And I think this is the case in this instance. I still haven’t read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein so I’m not even sure why I bought Rose Under Fire. Though, come to think of it, it’s probably because I have FOMO on the sequel.
Bodyguard by Chris Bradford is a series from a UK author. I have no idea how I found it but Goodreads has a pretty good rating on it. I can never turn down a book about boy spies so really have no clue why I haven’t picked this up. I might just try to read it this weekend.
Projection by Risa Green confuses me, to be honest. But with the confusion comes curiosity. Some of the reviews I’ve read on Goodreads speaks of soul swapping through a kiss. Sounds kind of intriguing but there’s a whole, popular girls vs. school reject kind of vibe that I’m not really into. So, we shall see.
Anyway this is my Throwback Thursday post today. I’m linking this to Carole’s blog but check out today’s posts from other bloggers as well!
*Books from the Backlog is a regular feature over at Carole’s Random Life in Books.
This week, I’m featuring a book that came out in 2012. I knew I wanted to read it because it was marketed as a YA SciFi version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion – which is my absolute Jane Austen favourite. Captain Wentworth is infinitely hotter than Darcy, in my opinion. I have no idea why I never read this book but I’m so glad I saw it while scouring my basement bookshelves.
It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Starsis a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
Have you read this?
Today’s books from the forgotten pile is a trilogy of German origin about time travel and romance. It has a pretty good rating average on Goodreads (and I usually have a good luck if I based my choices on their rating), so I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up when I bought the first book in 2011.
I have all three but I can’t find the third book for pictures. If you see the mess that is my shelves downstairs, you’d understand.
Have you read them?
I have a basement full of books collecting dust. Since I’ve been meaning to do a clean up of sorts, I decided to participate in Books from the Backlog feature hosted by Carole’s Random Life. Maybe this will be a way for me to remember at one point in time, I bought these books because I thought they were interesting.
My first post is the Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga. I read and reviewed I Hunt Killers back in 2012.
Must-read, well written, genuine. I don’t seek out suspense/thriller in the YA genre and it’s primarily because it’s really not my cup of tea. I Hunt Killers was not a surprise hit on my shelves and it’s because I’ve wanted it so badly I could almost taste it. Readers should have caution that this book, though sometimes a bit humorous, may still be too gory for your taste. I, however, revelled in it. I can’t wait to read the next one.
I thought for sure I’d enjoy the next two books, but alas, I never got to find out. These two books are still fermenting on my shelves but trust, they are not forgotten.