Title: The Testing (The Testing #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date/Publisher: June 4th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Finished: November 28th 2013
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.
What I thought:
I was given a final copy of this by the publisher since I have an ARC of the second book but hadn’t read this one yet. Thank you!
If you now me, you know that I’ve gotten a bit sick of most Dystopian type books that stick to the same tune of being all about the romance. They’re usually never enough about the actual society or world as it is. But I have to say that this book was AWESOME!
While there was the hint of a possible romance billowing near second half, that didn’t encompass most of the book and it was kind of a cute yet needed break between the horror of what was happening. This book just kept adding on intense moments and I had such a great time reading it. For instance, they get to one of the Testing rounds, and I assume certain things will happen and it will go smoothly and she will impress the hudges, then BAM. It totally doesn’t go the way I think, in fact it’s much darker and bloodier. These testing people are crazy.
This book really showed how you can’t trust everyone, how having knowledge and common sense can save you. It really had a huge element of survival which I totally loved. That last test and surviving that was quite the adventure too. There’s danger, death and betrayal.
Cia was a great main character. I loved how she thought things through and analyzed potential risks. She really just wanted to help out and better the world, which is why she wanted to go to the University to learn more. I didn’t find her annoying at all through the book. I even liked her saying at the beginning how she wasn’t interested in boys right now and wanted to focus on school. We need more girls like that!
If you want to read a great Dystopian book that isn’t smothered in romance but leaves you thinking and gasping at what just happened, then pick this up!