Hey Book Dragons! How are you doing? Are you self isolating? Are you a Keyworker? If you are, huge Thank You, and please stay safe! ❤ Today on the blog I have a review of a dystopian kind of book, where children need to be perfect. I hope you will like it. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – HQ for the review copy.
Genre: Political Thrillers
Release date: 30 04 2020
Price*: Kindle £5.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £12.99 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: Our imperfections makes us who we are.
Description of the 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 daughter’s 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…
How this book made me feel: Since I read VOX (review), I was really impressed with C. Dalcher’s imagination in creating these amazingly crazy new worlds. I was very excited when I had the chance to read this book, I knew I am in for a treat, and I was not disappointed. 🙂
The protagonist in this book is Elena, and the book is told from her perspective. Elena is a teacher at a high-level school, she is married to a man, who holds a very high position when it comes to education. She has two daughters, eldest is a little miss perfect, she is smart and her daddy loves her, the younger one was struggling all her life. Elena hates her husband, and she is ready to do anything when her little girl is sent away to the lowest grade school. I really liked all the characters chosen for this book, they all are intriguing, different and they have unique stories to tell. I really loved to see different generations displayed in this book, their stories entwined beautifully.
I loved the narrative of this book. The whole concept of this novel intrigued me. I liked the topics discussed in this novel, such as partner and family relationship issues, WWII, perfectionism, political propaganda and brainwashing, children abuse, people segregation and many more. I really enjoyed the research done for this novel, I like history, and I loved real historical stories incorporated in this novel. I think this novel is quite fast-paced, and the pages just flew by for me, I was really engrossed in this story.
I really enjoy C. Dalcher’s writing style, she creatively uses political situations, to create these amazing dystopian countries and rules, that leaves me gobsmacked every time. The chapters are really short, and it is an absolute pleasure to read this novel. The ending of this book left me a little confused, I liked the way the author decided to conclude this novel, but it didn’t leave me fully satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this book, filled with amazingly developed characters as well as a plot filled with sorrow, injustice, love and difficult choices. If you enjoyed The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, I think you will enjoy this book as well. I strongly recommend both of the book written by Christina Dalcher, I hope you will give it a go and will like it as much as I did. Enjoy! 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Christina Dalcher is a linguist, novelist, and flash fiction writer living in the American South. She has over 100 publishing credits in the UK, US, and Australia. Recognitions include first prize in the Bath Flash Fiction Award (February 2019), second prize in the 2016 Bartleby Snopes Dialogue-Only Contest, and nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions. Her flash fiction appears in The Molotov Cocktail Prize Winners’ anthology, Whiskey Paper, Split Lip Magazine, (b)OINK, Five2One Magazine, and several others. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Christina’s novels, including the international bestseller VOX. Christina lives with her husband and the ghosts of several dogs and cats.
Website: http://www.christinadalcher.com Twitter: @CVDalcher.
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