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The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau

13326831The Testing
Joelle Charbonneau
2013 Houghton Mifflin
ISBN – 9780547959108
Genre – Dystopian
Age – High School
3.33 Stars

After the Seven Stages War, much of the world was destroyed, a barren wasteland. A new and elite group of people must help to rebuild a better world, but first they must make it through the testing. Cia Vale has worked her entire life to be chosen for the testing, and finally after graduation, she is chosen. Before she embarks on this journey her dad tells her harrowing accounts of his time at the testing. He has dreams and flashbacks of deaths and horrors beyond belief, and he believes these are true  snippets of what happened in the process. So off she goes to the testing, and realizes that these horrors may actually be true. Hopefully she can make it through the process alive.

Ahhh, mixed feelings. I read this book in lightening speed. It was enveloping, and fast moving, and exciting. Charbonneau has a way of ending each chapter on a cliff hanger. I just couldn’t go to bed. Yay! I love books like that. Unfortunately, I had this horrible haunting thought throughout the entire book…What a Hunger Games rip off…and was it ever! From the very beginning until the very end, I feel like the author changed just enough to not get sued. Now I love a good evil government dystopian as much as anyone, but come on, that book has been written. Blah, her lack of creativity bugs me! But her on the edge of the seat writing made me happy. I had the hardest time rating this book based on that. On any given moment my rating changes from 2 stars to 4 stars. If you have a day with nothing to do, see for yourself, but be prepared to throw other plans out the window.


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