Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Posted April 10, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing

by Joelle Charbonneau
Series: The Testing #1
Pages: 336
Published on June 4th 2013
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Independent Study, Need

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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Reading this book you can’t help but compare it the The Hunger Games. It’s inevitable. But as I read this book and turned each page, one thought came to mind: This is way more awesome then The Hunger Games can ever be! Yes, you read that right. This is way better and so much more awesome then Suzanne Collins’ series. Why? I’ll tell you why without giving away any spoilers!

Although this story resembles THG, it’s different in a lot of ways. First of all, the story Joelle worked out is so much better and more detailed then THG. I was so fascinated reading this book. You get a lot of detailed of what happens in the past and I liked that a lot. Especially since it never got boring. The writing is so so good. It holds my attention and I couldn’t put it down. The questions you have only build up and you rarely get an answer. I still have a lot of questions left unanswered. And that’s good. It makes me want to read the second book even more. It makes me curious as hell. The writing is so good I could feel the tension between the lines. Seriously, not much authors can do that.

So what is this story about, really? Well, apparently all hell broke loose in the past. Literally. The world is destroyed and rebuild. That’s the world Cia lives in. After she’s been chosen for The Testing, her father warns her not to trust anyone. And Cia is smart. She prepares for the worst. Her brothers learned her how to defend herself and she never forgets where she came from throughout the story. She is a caring and loving girl that always wants to help others and she is strong. Maybe not physical, but mentally for sure. That helps her a lot. She isn’t perfect though. She trust people to easily despite her father’s warning.

So when she arrives in at the Testing center, she is prepared for the worst to happen. In the beginning everything seems okay. But then the weird and sinister stuff happens that makes you, as a reader, question what the goal of the leaders of the city, the United Commonwealth, really is. It really freaked me out at times. Nothing is what is seems.

I know I only talked about the Main Character, but I can’t talk about the other ones without giving away spoilers. So I’ll leave you with a tip. Do what Cia’s father said: TRUST NO ONE.

autograph bieke


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4 responses to “Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

  1. Hi Bieke. Great cover. Seems a lot of people say it reminds them of The Hunger Games. Great review. Makes me want to read the book.

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