On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
ISBN 9780440000846, 044000084X
Trade Paperback | 352 pages
From the critically acclaimed author of the international bestseller Vox comes a suspenseful novel that examines a disturbing near future where harsh realities follow from unreachable standards.
It’s impossible to know what you will do…
Every child’s potential is regularly determined by a standardized measurement: their quotient (Q). Score high enough to attend a top-tier school, and a golden future awaits. Score too low, and it’s off to a federal boarding school with limited prospects afterward. The purpose? An improved society where education costs drop, teachers focus on the more promising students, and parents are happy.
…when your child is taken from you.
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.