DeAnna Reviews: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

by DeAnna on September 8, 2014

DeAnna Reviews: The Testing by Joelle CharbonneauThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Series: The Testing #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2013-06-04
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

After reading Four and being back in the Divergent world, I was in the mood for a good Dystopian series. The Testing was recommended, and I had already gotten it from Kindle Unlimited, so it seemed like a good choice.

Between getting ready (and leaving) for vacation and being new to this world, it took me a bit to get into it, but I could tell from the beginning that it was going to be good. And it was. There was one day on vacation that I refused to leave the hotel room until I finished my book!

I was a little confused from the beginning to the middle, but just a little. There were a few things that happened at the beginning that I didn’t understand, but they were quickly resolved. What confused me after that was just that things seemed to be moving too quickly. I found myself wondering what could possibly happen in the last half of the book, but once I got there, I quickly understood and was hooked.

The whole Testing thing was really interesting. It seems light-hearted, and possibly a little boring, at first, but things escalate and become surprising very quickly. I was left with lots of questions, and I needed to know what was going on!

The last quarter or so especially was great, and I couldn’t put it down. And when I got to the ending, I was completely hooked! Like I said, I refused to leave the hotel room until I finished it! lol And from there, I had to go straight into the sequel because I needed to know what was going to happen next!

I really enjoyed The Testing and would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of Dystopian!


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