‘Vox’ spoiler-free review!

Hi everyone! Apologies for being quiet here on the blog recently, May is turning out to be busier and more stressful than I expected! But I’ve got a review for you today 🙂



Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…


my thoughtsI really enjoyed this one! The concept is terrifyingly plausible and certainly very relevant in the current social climate. I can’t deny that reading this book made me angry on more than one occasion. The attitude of certain male characters was infuriating. Dalcher did a great job eliciting emotion.

I think it’s unfortunate that any book of this kind automatically gets compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, as this raises expectations and readers are ultimately disappointed. In this case, however, I feel like Vox actually holds up to the comparison; this is a strong book that holds its own thanks to its unique psychological elements.

I loved the inclusion of Wernicke’s aphasia (a brain injury causing an inability to vocalise coherently) as a theme. I studied this phenomenon during my psychology degree and it was fascinating. It was evident throughout Vox that the author really knew her stuff, which made me even more invested in the story.

I don’t want to spoil where the story goes so I will just say that I wanted the plot to go a certain way and I was delighted when it did. It was very clever. I was enthralled from start to finish, and found it an effortless read.

I did find the book’s ending a little anti-climactic, after all of the high-stakes action that preceded it. Everything just seemed to wrap up a bit too neatly! In spite of this, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one; in fact, I’ve already promised to lend it to a work colleague!


Have you read this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! xsignature (2)

13 thoughts on “‘Vox’ spoiler-free review!

  1. Lately, I’ve been seeing this book everywhere. It sounds SO perfect for me, and it actually reminded me of you when I saw it at the bookstore! If it is as good as The Handmaid’s Tale (or even close to it), I know I’ll love it. I’m definitely picking this one up as soon as I can, thank you for such an awesome review! May your May be better from here on out 🤗


  2. I’ve heard about this book a lot but never really got the urge to pick it up. But your review makes me want to read it now! Great pics as always, Alex 😉


  3. Ahh I’m happy you enjoyed this one, Alex! I read it recently and found it… well, terrifyingly realistic and infuriating to read at times because of this. It was such a powerful story!


  4. I have a proof of this book and haven’t read it yet – but I once saw this play where everyone (not just women) were only allowed to speak 100 words because of society being controlling and now this book really annoys me because I feel like it’s just totally stolen from this play!


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