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Release date: 23 08 2018
Price*: Kindle £5.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £9.35 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $15.09 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: Don’t be a passive watcher, act until you can.
Description of the book: 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…
How this book made me feel: I was very happy to be one of the first 100 to get the ARC of this book, and since then it had a lot buzz on the social media. And it is a really thought-provoking book which I really enjoyed.
The protagonist in this book is Jean, she used to be a scientist, had a husband and four kids, and life seemed pretty good until the new government came and messed everything up. All females got their wrist word counters and had to go back to the middle ages and man-only way of living. And it sounds absolutely petrifying! Women fought and still fighting for equality, so to read about everything being cut off because of a president (who sounded very much like current president of the USA) it is very disturbing. This book has a wide variety of interesting and diverse characters, and I think everybody can pick their favourite. I, personally, really liked Jean, she is very realistic with all her flaws and not so perfect decisions.
This story was told from a single perspective, and Jean kept going down the memory lane to her student times, sharing all the things she could’ve done to prevent the events of her present situation, but why she didn’t do them. I really enjoyed reading about Jean’s family and all the things which happened to her. The plot was kind of divided into two parts: home and laboratory. I personally enjoyed “the home” one more, but “the lab” one brought all the action to the book.
I did like C. Dalcher’s writing style, I think it was very creative, and her knowledge of linguistics and Italian customs were very well utilized in this book. The language used was not difficult to read, even though it had quite a few scientific and medical terms incorporated. I liked that the author contained the plot in the USA, it gave me hope, that the characters have a chance to escape their situation. 😀 While reading this book, I found some places quite slow, but the short chapters helped a lot in those situations by keeping the interest going. I really liked the ending, and I saw on Twitter that the author is thinking about the second part! I think it should have a sequel, I would love to read about Jean’s further adventures.
So, to conclude, I found this book quite scary, the thought of the possibility to lose my ability to express myself and to remain quiet, petrified me. Silence is not always the best choice, sometimes you have to use your voice as loud as you can. I do recommend this book, it made me think, and I hope it will do the same to you. Enjoy! 🙂
About the Author: Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short List; nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions; and multiple other awards. She teaches flash fiction as a member of the faculty at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Dalcher’s novels.
After spending several years abroad, most recently in Sri Lanka, Dalcher and her husband now split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy.
Website – http://www.christinadalcher.com/ / Twitter – @CVDalcher
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