This week I tore through Christina Dalcher’s novel Vox which was kinda terrifying in a “Handmaid” kinda way but with much less rape.
In this, the US has elected an unqualified dickhead with a penchant for purity as president. This whole purity thing mostly pertains to women, natch. After the election women are stripped of their jobs and are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. Go over the limit and you get a super shock from the government installed FitBitty-word counter on your wrist. And that’s just the begining.
Dr. Jean McClellan was perfectly content to let her college roomie and other women do the rabble rousing while America descended into Puritanism. Jean liked doing her research on speech problems caused by brain injuries. Once things go in the shitter, Jean is furious. At herself for not fighting, and at the being relegated to housewife while her eldest son gets into this purity movement, and her daughter is goes to a school that will not teach her to read and write.
I loved this book even though I got stuck a few times because I’m a PoliSci nerd and the ending disappointed me. It’s worth the ticket to ride.