Author: Christina Dalcher
Series: Don’t think so
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 336 pages
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
This was a gut-wrenching novel that made me hate it just a little, or at least hate how the future could become. In a futuristic world where women can only speak 100 words a day, it was reminiscent of “The Handmaid’s Tale” but made took the story and added new layers of awful. Women have no control, and all their funds and possessions are legally owned by their husbands or next of kin. They’re required to wear bracelets (it can be any color or design, as long as it was simple and elegant) that caused an electric shock that felt more and more painful if you speak more than a hundred words.
Jean is the main character, and she describes how she went from speaking the normal amount of words a day, to almost nothing. Her daughter, Sonia (I *love* that name) is in the same boat, but starts going mute, saying nothing at all. Her sons are oblivious, aside from Steven, the oldest, who is a bit of an ass about it all.
This book has strong feminism qualities, LGBT characters, dark angsty vibes, and it will make you hate. Especially if you are a woman. The unjustice of it all, the way the men are so full of themselves and talk down to women as if we were nothing more than animals that need to be properly trained and made so that we are completely obedient for them…I see the irony in saying this, but I have no words for describing how much hate I feel about all of it.
I still loved the story, especially the main character. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a character’s point of view who was over 40, closing in at 45 and this was a refreshing change, and she was a smart woman who had earned a degree, and was strong and brave.
I have to say that my absolute favorite character, however, is probably Jackie. After being kept silent for a handful of years, the first thing she says made me grin so wide that my cheeks still hurt writing this.
If you’re active in the feminism community, I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the LGBT community I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the community in keeping people from being caged up, tortured, put in slave camps, and treating women like we’re no better than animals, I highly encourage you to read this book.
Awarding this 5/5 stars, not because I was given an arc of this book, but because I really loved it, and the message it spread: fight against this. Make some noise. DO NOT BOW DOWN IN SILENCE.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.