Review: Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing

The Testing (The Testing Trilogy Series #1) by Joelle Charbonneau ...

     In the future, The Seven Stages War has destroyed most of the planet. Only small areas have been revitalized, and it is all still in the works. To make sure that the future of the planet is in good hands, the government has set up The Testing. The Testing is these students’ one chance at a good education and career. Otherwise, they would be stuck in their colonies around the country, never to amount to much.

     When Cia is chosen as a candidate for The Testing, one of the first students to be chosen from her colony in a decade, she is ecstatic, excited to become a future leader of the United Commonwealth, just like her father. However, her father gives her some advice as she leaves, and it’s not all good. There seems to be a darker side of The Testing, plus the fact that all Testing candidates are never heard from again.

     Cia starts off to the capital city, trusting only one person – her friend from her colony, Tomas. As she and Tomas start to endure the horrors of The Testing and the candidates’ numbers start to dwindle, Cia soon starts to wonder if she can truly trust Tomas and her newly found friends or if she needs to leave them behind to survive.

     The Testing is a thrilling book, full of suspense, and perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. Cia will quickly become one of your favorite characters, and you will watch and try to help guide her along her path. The Testing is a great story about love, adventure, and trusting yourself.

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