Q by Christina Dalcher (eARC Review)

Q by Christina Dalcher

QFormat: eBook (eARC)

Source: Publishers via NetGalley

Publisher: HQ

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fiction

Publication Date: 30th April 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“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 parents are happy.

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s elite schools. When her nine-year-old daughter bombs a monthly test and her Q score drops to a disastrously low level, she is immediately forced to leave her top school for a federal institution hundreds of miles away. As a teacher, Elena thought she understood the tiered educational system, but as a mother whose child is now gone, Elena’s perspective is changed forever. She just wants her daughter back.

And she will do the unthinkable to make it happen.”

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My Thoughts & Review

‘Q’ is Christina’s second novel. I read her debut novel VOX back in 2018 and I loved it so when I found out she had this book coming out I just couldn’t wait to read it.

Q is set in the near future where almost everything is based around your Q (Quotient) scores. Your Q is not just based on the intelligence tests that are carried out regularly but are also calculated based on other factors such as your family background, education as well as things such as where you work and how much you earn. Your Q score has a massive impact on your life as the higher the Q the better privileges you have. Now in this book we for Elena whose life is turned upside down when one of her daughters fails her latest Q test. From here on you’ll just have to pick up the book to find out what happens next.

What I can tell you is that wonderfully written book that will get you thinking about the future. This is such a scary realistic dystopian read.  It’s fast paced with some fantastic characters. The main character Elena was great. I found her to be really relatable, and although I am not a parent I could really see why she did what she did. I think if I was in the very same position I would probably do the same thing too. I loved the short chapters it allowed me to race through the book so that I could discover how it all ended. The ending was a hopeful one yet at the same time a little upsetting.

This  was definitely a fab read and after reading quite a few medico reads recently it’s definitely great to discover a great read. I finished this book at the end of April and I’m still thinking about this book. I will definitely be adding the physical copy to my shelves. I highly recommend this book and if you enjoyed VOX then I think you’ll definitely like this one.

I would like to thank NetGalley and HQ for a copy of my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Note: Outside the UK this book is also know as Master Class

Also If you want you can read my review of VOX here

My Rating


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  1. Great review, Mani! I am really drawn to the premise of this book after reading Vox last year. I’m glad to see that it was an enjoyable read for you and lived up to your expectations!

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