Review: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

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Title: Graduation Day (The Testing #3)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date/Publisher: June 3rd 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Finished: January 5th 2013
Pages: 304-ARC given for review
Series:
1.The Testing
2.Independent Study
3.Graduation Day

Synopsis from Goodreads

In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

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!

What I Thought

A big thank you again to the publisher for sending a copy of this way in advance! I really love this series and I was super excited to read this when I got it.

If you’ve been following this series so far then you’ll be expecting this book to blow you away. While I can’t speak for everyone, it was really good and exceeded my expectations. I know some series fall apart near the last book but this one kept me hooked.

When reading the second book you notice that it starts delving deeper into the plot and what the Testing is really about. This book not only concludes that and answers so many questions but so much more happens. We get to the root and figure everything out and it was kind of crazy what went on but in a good way.

Cia is just as smart and strong as ever, even when she has to figure out what needs to be done and if she can really do it. Harder decisions are made and more lives lost, but I think that the way this series ends was perfect. Even though things happened because of the Testing I think they had to for the sake of this story and the ending.

This is honestly a great series but I still don’t think you should compare it to the Hunger Games. There have been other books out there for longer that involve kids being killed to survive (Battle Royale for instance), and this one I actually liked the best because so much thinking is involved with such a great plot. I was getting sick of predictable Dystopians but this will probably be my favourite from that genre now. Go read it!

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