Hello book friends,
I hope you are all staying safe and reading some wonderful books, or if not reading then catching up with your favourite TV shows?
Whatever you are doing, I hope that you are all doing ok.
I’m happy to bring you a review for this fabulous Dystopian read, from the author that brought you VOX.
Welcome to the scary mind of Christina Dalcher, buckle up buttercup, it’s a bumpy ride!
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at a Silver school, this is an elite school for children, and teachers that have a high Q (IQ) score.
She is married to Malcolm who works in the Department of Education, and has two beautiful daughters Anne and Freddie.
Elena’s Q score automatically gets a bump-up for being married, and for Malcolm having such a high profile job.
Both of her daughters are at the silver school, they are both doing very well with their education, although Freddie sometimes needs a little help.
But, what happens to those people with lower Q scores?
Well with a high Q you get higher privileges, quicker lines at the supermarkets, better jobs, better neighbourhoods etc.
Depending how low the Q scores are, they can go down into the Green section, or if it is really low, the Yellow section.
With monthly testing, it is within your best interest to keep your Q score up, everyone can see everyone else’s scores too, so there is an added incentive to keep your score high, or higher than your friends & neighbours.
It is time for the monthly Q test, and Elena is naturally worried for her kids, not so much Anne who is obsessed with everyone else’s scores, and who is also Malcolm’s favourite child, she is the brightest of the two children, Freddie however seems to be a very anxious child and is prone to episodes of blocking people out, she is not looking forward to the test.
Every child looks out for their school bus, but always keep their heads down when they see the Yellow Bus arrive, you see, the Yellow bus as I mentioned before signifies that you or your child got a very low Q score, you will then be collected by the Yellow Bus and taken to a school/job that you are more ‘suited’ to out of the area/county, what that really means is “out of sight, out of mind” these people do not tend to come back!
It doesn’t really matter when it happens to somebody else’s kids, but when Freddie gets her Yellow Card through the post. Elena seems to realise that she may never see her daughter again, and she seems to be the only one bothered by it!
I really enjoyed this dystopian read, and it really made me think about where I would be in this hierarchy, I definitely think I would have been on the Yellow Bus!!
Released today – HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY
**Many thanks to HQ Stories for sending me a copy of this book**
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…
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