The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau

Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Testing (The Testing #1), by Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science-Fiction

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Rating: 3/5 stars

Source: Bookstore

First Line: "Graduation Day."

Goodreads Summary: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust."


  • I thought it would be really good because of the riveting summary. I've heard many good things about it.
  • I didn't really like it because it reminded me of too many other dystopian books that I've read like, The Hunger Games or Matched, by Ally Condie.
  • The romance didn't mean anything to me, it sounded like the author added it in to try to make the story more interesting.
  • It already was really boring, so the romance and "concept" didn't make a difference to me.
  • I was disappointed, and don't recommend it.

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