I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains Violence, Mature Language, and Mature Situations. The story is set in the near future US, though a much different US. Women have been forced from the workplace and technology limits them to just 100 words per day.
The primary character is Dr. Jean McClellan. She was a brilliant researcher but has been forced to give all of that up and simply be an obedient wife and mother. Then she is suddenly asked to continue her research to help the president’s ailing brother. She sees her young daughter growing up without a voice. She has seen friends silenced. She decides that she must take this opportunity and do something. She must also decide how she will react to working with her former lover again.
I enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 336 page science fiction and romance novel. This novel feels like a post-apocalypse story, though it isn’t. It is a little slow at times, but overall I liked the plot. The unique twist of using technology to limit the number of words spoken was interesting. I think that the cover art was well chosen. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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