First Line Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The first lines of the book I am presenting today are:

If anyone told me I could bring down the president, and the Pure Movement, and that incompetent little shit Morgan LeBron in a week’s time, I wouldn’t believe them. But I wouldn’t argue. I wouldn’t say a thing.

I’ve become a woman of few words.

Tonight at supper, before I speak my final syllable of the day, Patrick reaches over and taps the silver-toned device around my left wrist. It’s a light touch, as if he were sharing the pain, or perhaps reminding me to stay quiet until the counter resets itself at midnight.This magic will happen while I sleep, and I’ll begin Tuesday with a virgin slate. My daughter, Sonia’s, counter will do the same.

My boys do not wear word counters.

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And the book is…

Vox by Christina Dalcher

Goodreads synopsis:

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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There was a lot of hype and controversy around this book when it was first published a year ago, similar to what seems to surround The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

Is this book thought-provoking? Is it far-fetched? Is the book necessary? I feel I can only get answers to these questions by reading the novel and making my own opinion.

  • Have you read this book? If yes, would you recommend it?

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17 Comments

    1. It’s so difficult to find the right balance between shocking in a thought-provoking way, and far-fetched. My mom says our generation takes women’s rights for granted. Perhaps she is right and we should be on our guard…
      Thank you for you comment, Marialyce!

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  1. I remembered these words! I’ve read the first page of this book and wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not. It’s been on my TBR for ages though… I should probably give it a try and see for myself sometime! Jen

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  2. I unfortunately didn’t end up loving this one as much as I’d hoped to… There was so much promise and potential but the execution just fell through for me… That said, I know a lot of people did enjoy it — so I hope you do too 😊

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