Review: 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…

Reading an authors second book when you have loved their first always feels like a bit of a risk. Thankfully Q more than lived up to the promise of Vox.

This book touched on lots of themes that were sometimes difficult. Abortion, divorce, bullying, spousal abuse, and of course given the theme of the book learning difficulties and intelligence were all in the mix.

Elena was a strong and capable character who was put in the position of having to make some awful choices. I liked her instantly and really felt for her. Both in the present and in the past.

Elena’s regret for some of her past actions were hard to read at times. We all have those moments in our past where we wonder what would have happened if we had taken the other path. We got to see some of Elena’s moments, and knowing already what choice she had made, I still sometimes willed her to take the other path.

The supporting cast were great here too, everyone felt very real and the emotions in this story were raw.

A timely tale of what can happen when we stop looking out for those less fortunate than ourselves and how we really are all better supporting each other.

I spend through this book needing to know what happened next. I thoroughly recommend.

With thanks to HQ and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

Q is published 30 April 2020