This book was about two girls who are taken to the future because the future's IQ population is dropping. An organisation takes smart people from the past to the future to boost the IQ's of the future's inhabitants. However, they take them moments before they're meant to die. A second organisation thinks it's wrong, as if the person declines, they're returned to die.

  • Stupid people invent time travel? Do what, now?
    – The Nate
    May 21 '16 at 8:44

Could it be Millennium by John Varley?

Per Wikipedia:

Millennium features a civilization that has dubbed itself "The Last Age". Due to millennia of warfare of every type (nineteen nuclear wars alone), the Earth has been heavily polluted and humanity's gene pool irreparably damaged. They have thus embarked on a desperate plan; time travel into the past, collect healthy humans, and send them to an uncontaminated planet to rebuild civilization.

It's not to boost IQ, but to have healthy humans in general, who they take moments before they would have died. In the book it's from an airplane that is about to crash. The summary doesn't mention a second organization that is against that, though.

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    In Millennium, if memory serves: (1) lots of people taken to the future, no particular focus on "two girls"; (2) story not told from viewpoint of people taken to the future; (3) no opposing organization, (4) nobody is returned to die; (5) future people deteriorated physically rather than mentally. Well, that's how I remember it, but maybe I'm remembering the movie instead of the book.
    – user14111
    May 20 '16 at 21:57
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    Bradbury's "Forever and the Earth" matches two points in the description: a guy is brought to the future just before his death, and he is returned to die. Too bad nothing else matches.
    – user14111
    May 20 '16 at 22:37
  • No, it wasn't Millennium unfortunately May 21 '16 at 12:23

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