Top critical review
6 January 2019
I wouldn't waste a hundred words on this book. One word, codswallop, would do. It's billed as a dystopian nightmare where women, with the coming to power of far right Christian fundamentalists in the US, are allowed a maximum of 100 spoken words per day, and exceeding that results in an electric shock. For me, Dalcher has jumped on the dystopian bandwagon but she's no Attwood, Shepherd or Alderman. The characters are one dimensional, the dialogue clunky and the plot farcical. It's part dystopian nightmare (well, more bad dream really) , part chick lit of the worst kind, part James Bond. All the themes set running - the indoctrination of children through education, our blind spots to dictatorship, evil flourishing when good people do nothing etc - remain at a surface level of engagement. A page turner only in the sense that I couldn't wait to get it over with.