Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Book review: Q By Christina Dalcher

Q By Christina Dalcher

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.
Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.
But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…

My thoughts... 

Well this book certainly made me sit up and take notice. Every sentence was thought provoking as the story created a future world striving for the perfect race. With echoes harking back to darker days and the past threatening to repeat certain actions, this story gripped me on every level. It made me uncomfortable and uncertain about the human race and left me with a million unanswered questions, which is the sign of a great book.

Is a world filled with an elite race the perfect place to reside? How far are people willing to go to achieve this? Q asks these questions and many more as the story unfurls at a disturbing pace. I think what moved me the most was the anchor to past atrocities as the narrative revealed elements of true history that ran my blood cold.

The character each filled their roles to perfect precision and I felt love and pure revulsion in equal measure as martyrs and monsters showed their true inner selves. I can't go into too much detail regarding the narrative as too many spoilers would no doubt show their faces and this is definitely one book that needs to unfurl exactly how the author intended it to....but know from me that it is every bit worth the journey.

Q is a mental agility test of the tallest order and I'm still reeling from the experience. I can't recommend this book enough and I predict all great things to come.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by HQ Digital.

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About the author... 

Christina Dalcher is the Sunday Times bestselling author of VOX. She earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects. She and her husband split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy. Q is her second novel.

1 comment:

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