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Every child's potential is regularly determined by a standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough, and attend a top tier school with a golden future. Score too low, and it's off to a federal boarding school with limited prospects afterwards. The purpose? An improved society where education costs drop, teachers focus on the more promising students, and pa ...more
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published 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 TER
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    Miranda Reads
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars
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    I have too strong a survival instinct. Always have.
    Elena Fairchild is a teacher at an exclusive "Silver" school - where the best of the best students go.

    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
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    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
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    Kaceey
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.75*
    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
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    Deanna
    May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    4.5 Stars!!!


    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
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    Jilly
    May 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: dystopia
    Eye rollingly lame.

    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
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    Berit☀️✨
    Terrifying and thought-provoking. Christina Dalcher has once again written a disturbing and way too realistic tale. Imagine a world where a person’s worth is measured by a single score a quotient or Q. Your queue is determined by your intelligence, your families status, and your financial standing. Have a high Q, as a child you will attend an elite silver school and received the best education followed by the most desired career opportunities have a low Q, as a child you will be shipped off to a ...more
    Liz
    Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I don’t 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 child’s future is totally based on a standardized measurement, their Quotient. This score acts as a caste system, determining education and job possibilities. It doesn’t 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 ...more
    Diane S ☔
    Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.5 A shameful and part of America's history rears its ugly head and is taken to extremes. Although this is not something I learned from history textbooks, I have read many books about this since I was out of school. It is the best future and now everything is monitored by Q scores. Scores which measure ones IQ, but also includes other socioeconomic indicators, family members performance, and the positions they hold in the work force.

    A creepy read that insidiously leads to a family, a family tha
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    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 thought-provoking stars! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫

    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
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    Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
    3.5 stars

    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
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    Dannii Elle
    Q determines everything. You gain Q with academic success and can potentially lose it in every other area of your life. Lateness, illness, and disorderly behaviour are just three such examples. Q segregates the 'elite' into their own schools and affects future potential housing areas, job roles, and even where and when you can shop for your groceries. Families become reliant on each other following the rules to safeguard their own Q and so an infallible system is created, which keeps the populat ...more
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    4.5 stars. Review to come!

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    I was not a fan of Vox but I am super excited to give this author another try!

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    Sambora
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of Q (titled Master Class in the US), in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: dystopian
    Master Class is without a doubt one of the most thought-provoking, socially terrifying books I have read. Not by overt horror but through the way she crafts a society that by the end of the book doesn’t seem so far off from our own. Absolutely gripping and brilliant!

    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
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    Norma
    Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Thought-provoking, conceivable, and engrossing!

    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
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    Emily B
    It took a long time for me to get Vox, another novel by Christina Dalcher out of my head when reading this. It just felt all too similar in terms of characters and themes. However by the end I was able to recognise it as it's own novel but still didn't fall in love with it. ...more
    Ivana - Diary of Difference
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    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
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    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Elena Fairchild is a teacher in a futuristic world where her own children are in the school system. Her husband Malcolm works for the department of education and is instrumental in overseeing change. The current system uses a standard measurement to evaluate the potential of students called the Quotient (Q). It is a standardized test score where each student's progress is calculated and measured. Those achieving high Q’s attend top tier schools with rewarding futures, and those with the lowest t ...more
    Whispering Stories
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    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
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    Amanda
    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 you’re 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 sc
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    Susan
    May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Q up Weltschmerz

    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.
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    Bryan Alkire
    Sep 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Waste of time if you read Vox. If you haven’t read that one, this one is marginally better, the last 30% anyway. But this book is still bad. It’s a derivative of the author’s earlier book. Only the premise changed. It’s still a 40 something female scientist with a powerful husband. It’s still a mostly oblivious teenager and younger daughter who the main character bonds with. It’s still the same upper middle-class neighborhood and neighbors. Even scenes from the previous book are ripped off here. ...more
    Bookphenomena (Micky)
    It is truly crushing when a book you have anticipated ends up being a disappointment. I really enjoyed Vox, the previous release from this author and I liked her brand of contemporary dystopia; close to current society.

    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
    Nicole
    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
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    Pauline
    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.
    Mark
    May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Q is intriguing
    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
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    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    3.5 rounded up

    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!
    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Whoa! I loved this terrifying and engrossing read!

    Rtf.
    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    49242550

    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
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