Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Goodreads Synopsis

DO YOU POSSESS A WINNING COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL SKLLS AND RAW INTELLIGENCE?
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD OTHERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN YOUR WAY?

Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional.
Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates’ psychological or physical heath during The Testing.


So this is another one of those books that I read a bit of, put down then picked up again and read so fast it has be baffled. I keep wondering what made me put these books down because when I finish them I find out that I love them.

The Testing is a dystopian novel about the United Commonwealth’s goal of making a better world for it’s inhabitants after the Seven Stages of War. Cia Vale is chosen for The Testing and it’s what she’s dreamed about her entire life. Her dad went through it and made it to the University. Only when she gets there she finds out that it’s not as welcoming as they want you to think.

What I loved about this book was how everything was paced out. Nothing happened too soon or too late. The action that was placed at certain points was refreshing and kept that ball rolling. Cia was a great main character and the supporting character were exciting as well.

I figured where this book was going to go mainly because there are two books after this and their titles kind of give it away, but I wanted to see how it was all implemented. Joelle Charbonneau did an amazing job of the descriptions and building up such a vivid world.

I like books like these. There was that hint of romance, but who can think about that when they could be attacked any moment. It didn’t take over the character’s life. It wasn’t a dominant point and I loved that. I felt like no one could catch a break in this story. One minute they’re happy, the next, something bad happens.

Overall it was a great read and I cannot wait to delve into the rest of this trilogy.

Read: 5 November 2015
Rating: 
✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 4 June 2013
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Joelle Charbonneau

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