I read and really enjoyed Christina’s first novel Vox (you can read my review on this blog), and was excited to hear about her latest novel!
Thank you Berkley for my gifted e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: 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.
As a teacher and a mother, this book hit me on all kinds of levels. I have so many thoughts on the education system and honestly, this book brings about a great conversation on a lot of them! A world where test scores define you? Are we there yet even? The suspense! This book is all too real in my opinion, which makes it all the greater to read! I loved it and would really love to hear your thoughts on it as well!