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Book Review: Q – Christina Dalcher

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 found this dystopian fantasy very disturbing, parts of it seem to be slowly creeping into our reality.

I have a sister with learning disabilities and the education system is already set against people like her.

The idea of a master race based on characteristics like intelligence are popular with repressive regimes and right wing politicians.

In Q (called Master Race in the US), Dalcher has created a new and frightening possibility that genuinely made my skin crawl.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book with no obligation to review.

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