Readers who answered my Dystopian August survey said one of the things they'd like me to do is to spotlight books I've read in the past but not reviewed.
Have you read Examination Day already? It's very short, so if you haven't, read it now and then come back for a discussion!
What I like best about Examination Day is the ending, which comes as a total shock. See, sure, we are all a little apprehensive about taking tests, and surprise tests are probably the least fun, but no reader expects the test to be as serious as it turns out to be.
Mr and Mrs Jordan don't even mention the test to their son Dickie until the day he turns 12. Turns out that all kids have to take some sort of intelligence test, and though the Jordans seem nervous about it, they are not terrified or anything.
We see a little about what sets Dickie apart from his parents. He is inquistive about the world around him and sensitive to others' feelings. His father is annoyed when Dickie asks questions and doesn't even look at him when he drops him off at his test, let alone give him a hug or affection.
And then comes the PHONE CALL! Not only is the content shocking, the business-like, bored tone of the government official tells us that such phone calls are par for the course in this decidedly dystopian society.
What are your thoughts?