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The Testing

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It's graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about--hope for--is whether she'll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings ("Cia, trust no one"), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance--and sheer terror--await.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 35.56mm | 476.27g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0547959109
  • 9780547959108
  • 467,822

Review quote

"There is nothing standardized about this Testing. Charbonneau's imagination will surprise readers at every turn."--Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness"Action-packed and full of twists, "The Testing" will keep you guessing until the very last page--and desperate for the next book!" --Erica O'Rourke, author of the Torn Trilogy"The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers' imaginations. . . . Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative."--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review"Charbonneau jumps into the packed dystopia field with a mashup of Veronica Roth's "Divergent" (2011) and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, but she successfully makes her story her own."--"Kirkus""Charbonneau is a fantastic story teller and this book is a tribute to that background. The intrigue in "The Testing" passes evaluation of what a good dystopian novel should represent."--"VOYA, 4Q 5P M J S""The plot twists are well integrated and will keep readers on edge awaiting the next volume in this projected trilogy."--"Horn Book""The influence of The Hunger Games is obvious, and The Testing will satisfy readers who want similar dystopian adventures."--"School Library Journal"show more

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VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers 2013 list "Electrifying."-EntertainmentWeekly.com " The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller that all fans of The Hunger Games will simply devour. Joelle Charbonneau writes with guts and nerve but also great compassion and heart. Highly recommended."-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruin and Flesh & Bone "I galloped through this excellent read; I was in suspense the whole time."-Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series "There is nothing standardized about this Testing. Charbonneau's imagination will surprise readers at every turn."-Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness "Action-packed and full of twists, The Testing will keep you guessing until the very last page-and desperate for the next book!"-Erica O'Rourke, author of the Torn Trilogy "The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers' imaginations. . . . Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative."- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Charbonneau jumps into the packed dystopia field with a mashup of Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011) and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, but she successfully makes her story her own."- Kirkus "Charbonneau is a fantastic story teller and this book is a tribute to that background. The intrigue in The Testing passes evaluation of what a good dystopian novel should represent."- VOYA, 4Q 5P M J S "The plot twists are well integrated and will keep readers on edge awaiting the next volume."- Horn Book "The influence of The Hunger Games is obvious, and The Testing will satisfy readers who want similar dystopian adventures." - SLJshow more

Rating details

40,761 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 37% (14,969)
4 39% (15,759)
3 19% (7,551)
2 4% (1,824)
1 2% (658)

Our customer reviews

When The Testing isn't busy infodumping all over your new brain-carpet, it occupies itself by imitating The Hunger Games - not just the big picture, either. We've got a crazyass government and kids from the smallest area as our heroine and her boyfriend. There's even a government official whose red jumpsuit "clashes with her bright orange hair." Now I don't know if The Hunger Games, in turn, hasn't been stealing its ideas, but I do know that The Testing has. If I'd bought this book, I would have pushed myself to finish it... but I don't think it would have been too hard.show more
by Betule Sairafi
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