Q by Christina Dalcher
Intelligentia, perfectum, sapientiae. From the author of 'Vox' comes this good tale of elite schools and eugenics. This tries for a monumentally bleak look at a possible future of establishment arrogance, elitism, intellectual condescension and an imposition of new cultural norms. Elena is a teacher, married to a terrible cold-hearted man. Together they recreated a historical wrongdoing to fill schools with intellectual strivers and weed out the fools and dumb-bells.
Elena's husband is deliberately rejecting of their youngest daughter and always has a derisive smirk. When the youngest daughter fails a test and is sent away to a school for idiots, Elena plans to rescue her. As for her genuinely appalling husband, he doesn't care to listen to her voice her grievances and a dire situation is going to get worse.
This isn't just about the exclusion of morons, the schools have a social purpose and hateful task. Elena has gothic anguish and eternal torment as the particularly absurd new social order causes dreadful experiences and a dangerous new cultural conservatism. The smart have haughty self importance and blissful oblivion and the dumb are not very desirable. Elena's life has been a series of poor choices. This tries for suspenseful and intensely disturbing. This was compulsive reading.
This is about the exceptionally clever v the duller witted. Ruthlessly self interested people regard the devastation they leave with indifference and satisfaction and have contempt for people they consider lesser mortals.
“Things haven't been good here for a long time.”
“Doesn't look like he could pass a blood test.”
“Penalties bestowed on the losers make for solid motivation.”
“Two-day video rentals and bookstores the size of an airplane hanger.”
“I traded something for this man, something I thought I wanted, and still do.”
“Lost to a system I helped create-”
“SAT scores a hedgehog could have beaten.”
“Thought the world would be better without her.”
“Chances taken away from them.”