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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  34 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I NEED A DRINK RIGHT NOW! I’m 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 person’s Q (Quotient) Score? Score high and the world is your oyster, score low and boom… your descent happens instantaneously like you’re 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
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 she’s back with her newest offering that will once again have everyone buzzing!

So…how 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
A huge thank you to Berkley and the author for sending a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Happy Reading!
Jul 13, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
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I was not a fan of Vox but I am super excited to give this author another try!
Barbara Senteney
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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. Dalcher’s 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 couldn’t put it down!

Dalcher has created an educational system in Master Class that is terribly
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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!
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fantastic read! I finished this book in a day and couldn't stop reading it. I'm not a fan of dystopias but after reading Vox and Master Class by Christina Dalcher, she has changed my perspective on this genre. The plot was engaging and the society that Dalcher creates is a scary but ultimately too real look at the high priority we put on standardized testing that doesn't take into account the different types of talent students can have that can't necessarily be shown through ...more
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Loved Vox and this is one of my most anticipated reads for 2020!

I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Joanne Cartwright
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A society where your performance in school and in life determines your social standing and the performance and behaviour of your family can sway that standing.
Q takes to a new level (but perhaps not that unimaginable) the social tiers of society based on a number of factors that add up to give your "Q" score. A world where everything is scrutinised and tested on a frighteningly regular basis should feel very dystopian and unreal but actually is worryingly familiar in many ways.
The Q system is a
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Q scores are a great idea. Instead of being crammed in an overpopulated classroom with others at different levels than you, you will be in an entire school that has your same level of intelligence. Nothing could go wrong. Until Elena and Malcoms daughters score suddenly moves her from a green school to a yellow school. The yellow bus takes students to a state school. One they live at and can only get visits from their parents once a quarter, with such visits causing their parents scores to drop. ...more
Kim McGee
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a world in the not too distant future where we are grouped by our Q score (I.Q., test scores, genetic background etc). No one is exempt from these tests, not even our embryos. Student's futures and teacher's careers hang in the balance and when something happens in your life, as it always does, you are stripped of your previous life and sent to a state school never to be near your family again. This happened to Eleana and her youngest daughter. This is the story of a mother who made a ...more
Melissa Rothman
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Well to start of with this books story line is fascinating! what would our world be like if we had to really live like that and worse how close are we to dark changes in our future? this book gave me lots to contemplate on about how are society is now and soon to be. You feel for all the kids who aren't the 100% the other kids are I know I have and always will be horrid at math I defiantly would have been on the bad bus! I say this is a great wake up book ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect from this book (this is just a work of fiction, but it sure makes you think!) …. I now know that it could happen in the future … thank goodness I won't be around to see it (I hope). It's not out until April 21, 2020 … please think about picking up a copy and reading it for yourself. Thanks to Goodreads and Penquin Random House for this galley.
Elizabeth Olesh
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a not so distant future, people's lives are determined by their Q scores. Kids with the highest scores go to great schools, while lower Q kids get sent away to state schools. But what is the ultimate goal? Elena, a teacher, has vowed to find out.
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.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The concept is all too familiar and disturbing.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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Very mixed feelings on this one. Very thought-provoking! Full review to come.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a reminder that every person has value just because they are a human being. Once we start to single out people in a negative way for being " different" we begin to lose our humanity and start to walk down a dangerous path of persecuting those we perceive as different. I felt the ending was a bit rushed and would have liked to know more about how the country changed after the people that were running the corrupt school system and the people that were trying ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been given an arc of this title from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed Vox and was excited to read another book by this Author. What I didn’t realize was this book would take real life issues and create a fictionalized solution that was based on history. I hated the ending more than anything but the book was so hard to put down I can forgive it.
Bobbie Jo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Barbara Waloven
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Donna Foster
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Screw this type of testing!
Tommy Dean
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dalcher creates a world of tension and fear, an unfortunately real possibility of dystopian and political crisis.
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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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