Friday, September 4, 2015

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

YA Friday! Today I am reviewing the YA dystopian The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau.
The Story-
Sixteen-year-old Cia Vale is excited to graduate school and find out if she has been chosen for The Testing, a program that the government runs to select students to go on to university. When she and four others in her colony are chosen, she is ecstatic. Her parents however, are not. Cia's father was a candidate in his youth, and though his memory was wiped so he can't remember exactly what happened, his terrible nightmares hint at horrible events.

Armed with her father's warnings, Cia decides to show no weakness. Along with 107 other candidates, Cia is put through 4 tests. Tests were failure means death. With no way out but to finish, Cia struggles to survive the tests and the other students.

My Thoughts-

Loved it. It is always thrilling when the main character knows that something dangerous is on the horizon, but doesn't know exactly what will happen. The reader thinks they are also prepared, but the author does a great job with plot twists and tense moments. Cia is a strong character that allows her humanity and charity to guide her actions. Of course, in dangerous tests, these same qualities can be used against a person. Cia finds out the hard way that people will go to extremes to win.

This book will thrill readers and have them turning the pages fast. I couldn't put it down. Every test Cia took had me on edge and looking for the killer catch. And then there is the romance between her and fellow colony student, Tomas. With motives in question, it is hard to know whether it is a true relationship. I enjoyed watching them work and grow together.

I've already purchased book two, Independent Study, and can't wait to get started. 5 stars!

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