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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
Not quite Gilead, but compelling
🧡 There’s a lot that’s believable and chilling about the world Dalcher’s built here, which shows an America on a slide into eugenics under a totalitarian regime. In that way, and in the dynamic of following the wife of a high ranking member of the government, it’s reminiscent of Handmaid’s tale.
💚 I found the story compelling, but that certain elements were unclear. I wasn’t sure where real history left off and the alternative reality set in. For example, I find it hard to understand how a science teacher is unaware of the history of eugenics. Nor why everyone finds it so hard to draw parallels with the events of World War II. I get that not everyone will know about Operation Paperclip, but she’s a scientist. And it doesn’t seem like enough time has passed for generational memory loss. I may well be missing something. In any event, I was content to suspend belief.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 The audiobook drew me into this world, where I could imagine every character and event. Lisa Flanagan creates an atmosphere that is stark yet at the same time all too real. I found this easy to follow as I went about my day.
🎧 I have the usual gripe about chapter listings not matching the book.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS
Nothing for this one. Maybe next time!
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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 daughters 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....
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