Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the states new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate thats swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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Dalcher has created an educational system in Master Class that is terribly ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include first prize in the Bath Flash ...more