📚 Synopsis 📚
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.
Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.
But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…
💭 My Thoughts 💭
I love when you read a book and you can imagine that the plotline could be reality. Despite being dark and twisted there is that possibility for what is fiction to become real.
It is told from a Now and Then narrative, where we get to learn how the concept of the Q routine tests developed. Elena and Malcolm Fairchild who were outcasts in school came upon the idea that it would be good if people were sorted into groups depending on their IQ. Little did Elena know how far this small idea would escalate in years to come. And, how it would effect her, and her family’s life.
Elena is a character that is definitely strong willed. It was nice to see the development and transformation of her character throughout the book. She is fiercely strong when it comes to protecting her daughter’s and rightly so.
This is my first Dalcher novel that I’ve read (yes, I’m the minority that hasn’t read Vox) but, seeing comparisons that Q is just as good as Vox then I’ll be rectifying my mistake soon.
Q is a dystopian novel, that is heart-wrenching and thought provoking. It will give you the chills at its plausibility. And, given the fact that Dalcher has based this story around historical events that have actual happened sends shivers down your spine.
✍🏻 About The Author ✍🏼
Christina Dalcher is a Linguist, Teacher, and writer, based in Northfolk, Virginia. She earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published in numerous journals. Her debut novel is entitled Vox and was published in August 2018.
thanks to the publishers for my gifted copy.