Rating: 2 Stars
The government has taken away all women’s voices. Each female child and woman in the United States now has to wear a wrist band that counts each word they say in a day. The government allots each female 100 words a day – that’s all. If they go over their word count the bracelet is set to shock the wearer until the pain becomes unbearable. The government (along with a Reverend who is leading the pack) has decided that it was a simpler time when women didn’t work but stayed home to raise their family and cook for their husbands and that it’s time they got back to the basics. Their first step is silencing every woman.
This book confused me. Not the concept (which I think was a very dystopian, fall of the government, twisted leader idea,) the concept was actually really interesting. This isn’t normally a book I would gravitate to but when I saw it on a bookshelf and read the back I thought “Well as a female who loves to talk, I have to read this book.” The concept was fascinating (in a morbid way) because it really does get you thinking about individual and group rites and how people are treated based on what society thinks they should be doing with their lives. But unfortunately this book didn’t really centre on that concept. Yes it was the groundwork and basis for everything, but it became more about Jean (the protagonist) and her marriage, her kids, and her lover. Which I think negates from the actual fact that woman are more than mother’s and wives. It kind of stepped on it’s own foot there. So while Jean is granted respite from her 100 words in order to help the government corrupt themselves further (mind you she doesn’t know that part) she still seems preoccupied with finding time to speak with the colleague she’s having an affair with. I don’t know. Perhaps it was meant to poke fun at itself for being centred on the very things the book was stereotyping women to be, but it just came off as contradictory.
I will say, though, that underneath all of that Jean was trying to save the world and restore order back to the country (which is pretty bad-ass, obviously) I just wish it had had more to do with that and less to do with her stereotyping male behaviour and comparing her husband to her lover.
It was a decent book but I think the topic could have been even more interesting if it had been more about the corruption of this new government and Jean stepping forward to save the day and less about her family and love life. But that might just be my opinion.
It wasn’t a bad book – I can say that for sure.
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.