Vox by Christina Dalcher; 2018;$26.00; 326 pages; Berkley, New York, NY; 978-0-440-00078-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 10/3/18-10/8/18
Why did I read this? Because I read a good review of it, somewhere.
Women have been entirely removed from the work force, they are restricted to one hundred words a day. Their words are counted by an electronic monitoring bracelet that acts as a shock collar if they surpass their mandated limit. Young girls are taught that the letters of the alphabet are bad and aren’t taught to read. Only the males in a household are allowed to read, books are locked up. Those who are homosexual are either force to marry someone of the opposite or go to a work camp where they are housed in a cell with someone of the opposite sex. Women who commit adultery are forced to become sex workers for the powerful.
All of this is done by order of the patriarchy in the U.S. Government at the behest of an “evangelical” pastor who has the ear and the mind of the president. Those who protest are jailed or killed. The president’s brother suffers a head injury which causes him to suffer aphasia , a problem of speaking and understanding speech. The leading scientist researching this syndrome are women who are offered all kinds of incentives to come to work on the problem and help the president’s brother. They discover that they are a part of a program that would also create a way to cause aphasia in women and those who oppose the government. Their team manages to make a serum that will cause aphasia and manage to get it into the water supply of the president and his cabinet.
9/10, I didn’t like the ending. The whole story was about the main character, a woman, but in the end a man had to step in and save her and become a martyr.
What is with the title of the review? After the Supreme Court confirmation hearing and the #Metoo movement it seems that the patriarchal government is trying to mute the voices of women.