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In about the last chapter it is revealed that Malcolm is not only one of the architects …more Don't read my answer unless you've finished the book.
In about the last chapter it is revealed that Malcolm is not only one of the architects of the system for one, but helped design the sterilization program as well as a program artificially dropping scores for children he considered "undesirable" including LGBTQ children, minority children, disabled children, and kids with emotional "disorders" like Frankie. He was also close friends with Alex and was having an affair with his immediate superior. I don't think the author ever confirmed that Alex was specifically sent to state school 46 to intercept Elena, but he definitely would have phoned if not.
So Elena managed to forge her paperwork to get herself to Kansas and given that he was already threatening divorce he probably did not really care when she didn't come home. Threats aside he was in a position to change Anne's score if Elena's disappearance or Frankie's demotion actually impacted it. But between his position and the fact that she was able to forge his order through the system he was controlling he would have been informed both in his professional position and due to the fact that they were married. (less) (hide spoiler)]
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Elena Fairchild is a teacher at an exclusive "Silver" school - where the best of the best students go.
I have too strong a survival instinct. Always have.
The new educational system (Silver schools for the smartest, Green for the middle and Yellow for the bottom-tier students) has been in place for a while now.
Elena somewhat supported it but...has had her doubts for a whil ...more
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 ...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 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 ...more
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“It started with fear, and it ended with laws”
Elena Fairchild has a very busy morning. She has nine alarms set to make sure that her daughters don’t miss their school bus.
The first Friday of every month every person of school or working age is given a test that will calculate or recalculate their "Quotient" or "Q". Today is the second testing day of the school year. Elena's daughter, Anne is very confident and h ...more
For a dystopia to work it needs to either be so far from possible that it's basically fantasy or close enough to possible to be believable. This one failed both ways, although it was supposed to be some sort of cautionary tale of what could happen. Plus, there was such a corniness to it all. I mean, come on, they were taking people's children away and sending them to "farms"? So, they recommended that you have a last great day with them before they have to go. Take them to do ...more
A creepy read that insidiously leads to a family, a family tha ...more
I really enjoyed the edgy dystopian novel Vox written by Dalcher two years ago. Master Class also visits an uncertain future time.
Oh my goodness, this book. Even the synopsis wigged me out. In the near future, every child’s potential is measured through a standardized test, referred to as their quotient (Q). If you score well, you attend a top tier school, which means more opportunities. If you don’t meet the cutoff, you are destined for a federal schoo ...more
Master Class explores what happens when the government divides people up by measuring their quotient (Q). The idea is to improve society by putting the focus on more "promising" children. I loved the premise of the story here, and it certainly got me thinking about some things; however, I would have liked there to have been more grey areas to the story to provoke the thoughts I wanted to have.
There are always two sides to everyone's story, and our main character here, Elena, seems lik ...more
And honest I shall be...
This 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, and equally loathsome, 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 ho ...more
I love a good dystopian fiction novel on occasion, but I’m picky about them. If you are the type of reader who tends to find that they aren’t a good fit for you, give Master Class by Christina Dalcher a try because I can almost guara ...more
MASTER CLASS by CHRISTINA DALCHER is a terrifying, dark, creepy, and captivating dystopian thriller that was both shocking and haunting to read. The concepts that were addressed here in this book were extremely well done and felt so real to read.
I’ve read a few books now about the eugenics movement so while I was slightly familiar with this, the underlying truth to the story is what actually held my attention and scared the bejesus out of me. The h ...more
I am quite happy to announce I am part of the Blogger Takeover for Q by Christina Dalcher. Many thanks to Izzy and the HQ Team, for sending me an ARC copy of this book!
Elena is a teacher at one of the most prestigious schools in America. Her daughters are just like her: ambitious, smart, beautiful and perfect.
Elena is happily married to Malcolm, who is the man that is in charge in the new tier system in the country. Every month, every ...more
For many years I have loved dystopian books. I love reading about how the authors’ idea of a futuristic, government-controlled world would look and whilst there are some vast differences between dystopian books there is always one similarity, the rich, clever, and good get the best in society, the poor, not so well educated, and those that are not perfect, get the worst there is to offer. In Q this is certainly brought to the forefront.
Everyone has to un ...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 sc ...more
What if your child was taken away from you because of an academic test performance?
Elena, the first person narrator of Master Class faces this scenario.
With schools encountering added challenges and budget constraints how do you educate children with so many individual circumstances and learning abilities? How does everyone receive the best schooling possible?
In this book, they don’t.
Assigned individual Q scores, students undergo monthly testing, tabulation, and re-configuring. ...more
Q started off well, with a family situation, two successful parents and two high-achieving children. However, the mask fell off and a hideous under layer was revealed. This was a story about IQ above every other facet of a person and it drilled down to emotive and polarising topic ...more
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
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.
Q is scary
Q is very well written
But wasn’t for me
A 100% dystopian thriller, Q is about everyones Q rating, basically your intelligence level and exam pass level that affects schooling, employment and everything in life
Elena is a teacher in the prestigious ‘Silver’ schools and has 1 daughter with a very good Q level and 1 who fails to get the required grade and gets moved to a ‘Yellow’ school, these schools are in cheaper areas, sometimes thousands of miles away and new rules mean ...more
Christina Dalcher has a way of writing that makes the implausible seem plausible.
While I enjoyed her first book Vox more, I still thought Master Class was really good... and that ending!
This really was a thought-provoking read.
It plays with the concept of a class system fed by a person's IQ in this instance it’s named Q.
This number is where you are placed in society.
Your privileges and choices heavily reliant on this and it can be affected just by taking a sick day or arriving late for work.
This then takes us even further down the rabbit hole enabling prenatal screening for pregnant mothers thus encouraging selective breeding and even a force that governs suitable parenting mea ...more
Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include first prize in the Bath Flash Fict ...more