The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau

Reason for Reading: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released in June 2013.

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Cia wishes more than anything that she will be chosen for the testing procedure – leading to a university education. But the testing procedure turns out to be more than she’d bargained for. The other kids are literally cut-throat competitors, and the testing officials are cruel and calculating. Will Cia be able to hang on to the person she is and still pass the test? Does she even want to pass the test anymore? What dire consequences really do follow failure?

This book was a fantastic addition to the popular young adult dystopia genre. It took me a little while to get in to the story because there was little to distinguish it from all the other YA dystopias I’ve read lately, but after about 50 pages I was really sucked in and wanted to know where Charbaonneau was taking the story. I had an inkling what might happen in the end – sort of a “wow, I hope it goes in this direction, because that would make the next two books really interesting.” And it DID go in that direction. So, the ending wasn’t unpredictable, but it was unique, and I was in suspense for the entire book which way it would go. I hope she really works that aspect in the second and third books. To me, that’s the aspect that will make this trilogy stand out from the crowd. Another thing I liked is that although there’s potential for a love triangle, that aspect wasn’t focused on. As I’m really tired of the triangle, the lack thereof was very refreshing. I hope the trilogy stays that way. The violence might be a bit off-putting to some young readers, but I’d say it’s about the same as The Hunger Games – maybe a little less.

Overall, a fun quick read. I hope this trilogy is popular. 🙂

6 thoughts on “The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau

  1. It does seem that there is a lot of repetition in the plots of YA books lately.Good to know that the author threw some variation into the mix to keep it interesting.


  2. 🙂 I would, but this is a Netgalley book – which means it is a PDF with special rights and restrictions. You wouldn't be able to open it with your Nook. But I'm sure you can get it from the library soon enough!


  3. Yes, YA seems especially prone to repetition. You see it a little in genre literature, but not as much! Personally, I'm getting tad tired of dystopia, but I enjoyed this one just the same. 🙂


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