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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  93 reviews
The future of every child is determined by one standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and they attend a top tier school with a golden future ahead of them. Score low, and they are sent to a federally run boarding school with limited prospects for future employment. The purpose? Education costs are cut, teachers focus on the best students, and ...more
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I NEED A DRINK RIGHT NOW! Im suffocating!!! Wooww! What kind of crazy roller coaster I climbed into!!!

I confess! I love horror movies! I can handle zombies, serial killers, vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves, bloody teen slashers, anything dark, vomiting kind of disgusting, irritating, nerve bending, even I can tolerate to watch Fox news for five minutes or predatory animals adventures on National Geographic Wild! I have high pain tolerance. But this book FROZE MY BLOOD, BLEW MY MIND AND
Susanne  Strong
Thank you to #GoodreadGiveaways, Berkley Publishing Group and Christina Dalcher for the ARC!

4 Stars

Prepare to be terrified!

Can you imagine a time when the future of every child is categorized based on a persons Q (Quotient) Score? Score high and the world is your oyster, score low and boom your descent happens instantaneously like youre on the Tower of Terror!

Growing up, Elena never imagined that the plans she and Malcolm Fairchild outlined would become the framework for our government. If
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful, thought-provoking dystopian thriller.

Christina Dalcher became a household name with her release of the highly controversial book Vox! It lit the world of dystopian book readers on fire. Now shes back with her newest offering that will once again have everyone buzzing!

Sohow would you feel about living in a world where everyone is perfect? And I do mean everyone! You will be defined and judged purely by your Q score.
Everyone fortunate enough to have a Q over nine will enjoy
Miranda Reads
Oct 17, 2019 is currently reading it
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Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I dont often read science fiction. But I can really appreciate a well done dystopian book that has a premise taken from the current state of affairs. Master Class proposes a world where a childs future is totally based on a standardized measurement, their Quotient. This score acts as a caste system, determining education and job possibilities. It doesnt take into account other strengths, such as artistic ability. Or even the concept that a person might be a genius in one area but not all. Or God ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In society we are already being judged by our race, religion, class and colour, but imagine a world where you are also judged on youre IQ. The high achievers have the best jobs and even get a special checkout at the supermarket!!

Elena is a teacher at an elite school, pupils are tested monthly and depending on their results can be moved to different schools. Elena believes in the system until her daughter Freddie fails her tests. For Freddie and for all the others who fail, there are boarding
Jul 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
I was not a fan of Vox but I am super excited to give this author another try!
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is story is set in a dystopian future where a persons IQ determines every aspect of their life. Students are regularly tested and depending on their results moved into different schools. If someone continues to fail the tests they are sent to a state school away from their family.
A chilling look at a world where a persons contribution to society is the ultimate goal.
Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it wasn't for me.

I really liked the concept. Although mainly fictional it is partly based on true life, which is very scary.

However, I just don't think it was executed that well

I really struggled with the writing style. It wasn't easy to read or that engaging.

It took a long time for anything to happen. The first 150 pages were quite a chore to get through.

It's been marketed as a thriller. Personally I wouldn't say it's a thriller, it's more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an uncorrected proof copy of Q, in exchange for an honest review.

And honest I shall be...

Q is the second book written by Christina Dalcher. I read her first book, VOX, last year and unfortunately I really didn't enjoy it. My spoiler-filled review for that can be found here:

I was initially going to pass on reading this because of my bad experience with VOX, but I was interested to see how (and if) Dalcher's writing and storytelling had
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Disappointed-had high expectations for this after seeing all the high ratings.

There was a lot of potential here, just read that marketing blurb! The concept of this dystopian world was really intriguing to me.

Where it fell flat unfortunately was the lack of intensity throughout. I'm not sure if that is due to the lackluster characters, or from the predictability of how things unfolded.

I am definitely in the minority with this one, so hopefully you will have a better experience!

Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, read-in-2020
This book is set in the USA, in the not too distant future, perfection is everything.  Not only are people being judged on their looks, class and colour but also for their IQ rating.  You can have tests on your unborn child to tell you what it's IQ will be . . giving you the option of continuing with the pregnancy.  
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at an elite school and mother to two daughters who are perfect.  Children are constantly tested and if their score comes back lower than expected, they
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This started well, I liked the concept but things faded somewhat and I struggled to feel engaged with the story or characters. I am disappointed I didn't like this, having loved Vox.

Review to come for the blog.
Barbara Senteney
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Rarely do I get the pleasure of reading a book that is thought provoking, and an emotional roller coaster at the same time. Although as of dat this is classified as a syfy fantasy, to me it is straight up horror. The main subject is eugenics. And although this is a work of fiction, the historical events mentioned are true. It is about population control and the need to cut out the undesirables in society. The idea that eliminating those who are sub standard is an old one, and a horrific idea to ...more
Clare Chedester
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and Berkeley Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have to say, a review would have come either way because this book has me feeling all sorts of things. Dalchers writing style is very enjoyable and the topic of this novel is one of my favorites: eugenics. Master Class took me just a short two sittings to power through because I couldnt put it down!

Dalcher has created an educational system in Master Class that is terribly
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, but, I found this to be a riveting, disturbing, thought provoking read.

It's horrifying in parts, heart wrenching in others and with a fabulous ending.

Outwordly, Elena Fairchild has the 'perfect' family life, married to a prominent government official (Malcolm) and with a daughter (Anne) who is top of the class and one (Freddie) who appears to be on the autism spectrum. Normally, that wouldn't matter, but, in the world of measures, assessments and horrifying colour coded schools, it means
Barbara Waloven
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterfully written story that had me wondering, questioning, mad, very upset, shocked, and finally in tears. The thought of history repeating itself and what was not taught to us in school, that is such an intricate part of this story, left my jaw dropped and had my fingers flying across Google. A deeply disturbing and fantastic must-read story.
Sandra "Jeanz"
After reading Vox and loving it! I was on the look-out for more titles by this amazing author. As soon as I heard Christina Dalcher had another book coming soon I was trying to find out more about it. To be honest the first thing I learnt about Q was that it was being released by Berkley Publishing (not in the UK!) under the title Master Class. I read the blurb and knew immediately I had to read it. Then I discovered information about the UK version which is called Q, and to be totally honest I ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

DNF @ 40% - I really tried to keep going with this book but I was just not enjoying it. The characters are all terrible; Elena is such a hypocrite and was gung-ho for this world until it actually affects her. Malcolm is just a dick 🤷♀ it just wasnt interesting to me at all!

There is a real problem with the formatting of this ebook as well; I was gifted a copy via NetGalley but the formatting makes it virtually unreadable - words are cut off half way through, and theres numbers at the end of
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please note: I received this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway.

I was not expecting to finish this book in one sitting but couldn't find a good stopping point. I felt compelled to read it all the way through.

Master Class shares a lot of storytelling/setting commonalities with Dalcher's bestselling book, Vox. The setting is the very near future it could perhaps even a year from now. And just as with Vox, the government is dictating how citizens live their lives in ways that split families
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
I don't read much dystopian fiction but I enjoyed VOX by this author and wanted to give this one a try and am sure glad that I did. This novel is frightening because I could see it happening in our world the way things are headed. There is so much prejudice in the world over people who are different than 'us' - immigrants, physically and mentally disabled, LGBTQ and the elderly to name a few. In Master Class, everyone has a 'Q' score based on their mental ability, their income and their race. ...more
This is, without a doubt, one of the most disturbing books I have ever read in my life. It pulls directly from history and makes the valid point of just how easy it is for history to repeat itself when we allow ourselves to forget. When we allow the terrible things in history to be hidden and buried and kept out of the history books. I don't normally cry when I read a book; despite having a strong ability to visualize the events, for whatever reason I need actual visuals like in a movie or TV ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I read Christina Dalcher's first book - Vox - last year and loved it, and "Q" has exactly the same sense of despair and hopelessness. As with Vox, it features a woman - Elena Fairchild - struggling within a system which is designed to win at any cost, through government lies, cheating and total manipulation of the population.

"Q"s premise is that everyone has a Q-score which determines their place in society, and this is constantly being re-tested, reviewed and revised, resulting in unbearable
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dystopian tale that is entirely believable given the history of Eugenics.

The story centres around Elena and her family. Elena's husband Malcolm is one of the main proponents of the Q system which sorts people based on test scores into various social and academic streams.

Although at the top level of this system, when Elena's youngest daughter fails her test and is taken away, Elena purposely flunks her own test and conspires to get sent to the same institution her daughter now inhabits. What
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was an eye-opening book. Liked what she was 'predicting' for our society, can see it moving to that. The only thing wrong was that the pacing was off. It seemed to drag on. Could have been about 20-40 pages shorter.
Really liked the premise and her facts page before the book starts was very interesting. The book is in the future; if more Trump-like presidents are voted in and Department of Education seats are held by extremists, this could happen to USA. If parents of high-tiered students get
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge Thank You to The author, The publisher and Netgalley for providing the e-arc in exchange for a unbiased review of these works.

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Wow wow wow! Another great look at what could be in our society if we don't get it together! Amazing plot, dynamic characters and riveting pace! Can't wait to read from this author again!
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book just sucked me in spun me around and left me wanting more Its been a long time since I sat up most of the night because I had to finish the book to find out what happened next Excellent and scary that our education system honestly could go this way ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Thanks to the publisher for an ARC of Master Class. Dystopian lit is either hit or miss for me, and this one was a definite HIT!
Katlyn Duncan
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, dystopian, arc
I read this book in one day. Christina Dalcher has the ability to create such heart-wrenching situations that are "dystopian" but seem so near as well. If you love The Handmaid's tale or even Black Mirror, you will love Dalcher's novels.
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Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specialized in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include first prize in the Bath Flash

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