VOX by Christina Dalcher

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To truly capture the essence of this book, I am going to write a review of only 100 words:

As relevant and terrifying as The Handmaid’s TaleVox is a dystopic nightmare brought to startling reality. With a focus on language and social interaction, Dalcher manages to perfectly convey a chilling atmosphere of fear, oppression, hatred and silence that enrages the reader (in a good way). Feminist slant aside, it reads just as well as a thriller, with electrifying pace that will have you racing through in one sitting and itching to talk about it.

The only downside: I figured out the conclusion long before the narrator, who is meant to have scientific genius. Regardless, I recommend to everyone.

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VOX is published by HarperCollins and is available here.

Christina Dalcher

I’m a writer, reader, novelist, and flash fiction addict. I’m a knitter, cross-stitcher, cook, and wife. I’ve lived on four continents and four islands, some of which overlap. I speak Italian with a hint of Florentine in it, and my Spanish used to be terrific. My heroes are Stephen King and Roald Dahl and Carl Sagan. I hope King lives a long and healthy life for years to come, but when he’s gone I’ll be sending him an engraved invitation to my Dead Person’s Dinner Party.
Author website here.

Reviewed by Amber Mears Brown

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