By Christina Dalcher
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Silence can be deafening. 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… [100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]Tweet
An easy to read, gripping novel which was thought provoking and scary. In the year of the 'Me too' campaign, how far could this ever have been considered by the high-up authorities, to rid women of their status in life, including language? Another question to pose is how much do we allow science to dictate and take over our lives? Just let nature take its course. A book to recommend.
A book that definitely made me think!
Dalcher describes a disturbing view of the future, one in which women are cruelly treated and lack the rights for which their forebears had fought so hard. An improbable twist at the end leads to an unexpected conclusion.
OMG. You have to read this book. I found reading it really difficult at first because of the way women are treated in it but pressed on hoping things would get better. Or I'd get used to it. Or something. Before I was half way through I was totally gripped and couldn't put it down. It made me furious, it made me happy, it made me think. And it was a page turner. It's our next book group read and I'm so looking forward to hearing what everybody else in Durham Book Swap thinks about it and discussing some of the issues it raises. Not least the current situations in USA and Brexit Britain.....