Series: The Testing #3
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
She wants to put an end to the Testing In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates. Who can Cia trust? The stakes are higher than ever—lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day. The Final Test is the Deadliest!
Independent Study ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I had to go right into Graduation Day! And this was another one that I had a hard time putting down. I started this on the last day of vacation, and I was not happy to have to stop reading to actually do stuff! lol
From the very beginning of Graduation Day, the stakes were high, and the surprises just kept coming. I was really surprised by how it started off, and that really helped keep me interesting in what was going to happen next.
It’s really hard to “review” or even talk about this book without spoiling everything, so this post is going to be short and sweet. There were a couple of twists toward the end, some I predicted, some I didn’t. (Let’s face it: If you’ve read The Hunger Games, you come to be suspicious of every character in a dystopian series, even if they seem to be on the right side!) But overall, I thought that the ending was pretty good. Also similarly to The Hunger Games, I felt that the very ending was a little bit rushed, but it was good.
I definitely thought that Graduation Day was a strong conclusion to The Testing series, and I would recommend this series. Unfortunately, it also left me with a bit of a book hangover, and it took me forever to figure out what I wanted to read next!