“Patriotism doesn’t require turning a blind eye to the darker chapters of our country’s history; if anything, the opposite.”
Published in 2020, Q by Christina Dalcher is set in a world where the education system is moulded to benefit everyone. It began as a way to make things fairer, at least. This is what Elena believed. As a teacher in one of the government’s elite schools for children with high ‘Q’ scores, she witnessed the advantages first-hand. But when Elena’s own daughter scores lower than expected, she is taken away.
Elena follows her to her new home. A government institute. What she finds there makes Elena question everything. Because this world is about perfection – and that comes at a terrible price.