The Testing

The Testing

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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.
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 24 x 197 x 128mm | 310g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848776535
  • 9781848776531
  • 80,154

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'This book completely drew me in, took my breath away and left me breathless.' * K Books * 'there's plenty of threats to keep the pages turning' * Kirkus * "Making the jump from adult mysteries to YA, Charbonneau (the Rebecca Robbins series) launches a dystopian trilogy reminiscent of the Hunger Games. Cia Vale is one of four teens chosen to represent her small colony at the annual Testing, an intensive mental and physical examination aimed at identifying the best and brightest, who will go on to the University and help rebuild their shattered world. Forewarned not to trust anyone, Cia nonetheless forms a tentative partnership with resourceful Tomas, with whom she shares an unexpected emotional connection. As the Testing pushes its candidates to the breaking point and beyond, the body count rises, forcing Cia and her friends to fight for survival. The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers' imaginations. However, it's the last-minute revelations, a cliffhanger laden with potential, and the intriguing status quo of Cia's world that will bring readers back for the next installment. Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative. There are no grades in this dystopian future-only survival." * Starred Publishers Weekly *
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About Joelle Charbonneau

Ever since she can remember, Joelle has loved telling stories. As she grew up, she started performing those stories on the stage. After graduating from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal performance she continued onto DePaul University for her Masters Degree in Opera Performance, and from there went on to perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of operas and musicals. Joelle still sings professionally, but most of her time is spent with her husband and son while dreaming up new stories. Follow Joelle at or on Twitter: @jcharbonneau.
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68,533 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 38% (25,705)
4 38% (25,966)
3 18% (12,246)
2 5% (3,283)
1 2% (1,333)

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(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Cia is surprised when she is chosen for â??The Testingâ?? â?? a series of examinations performed by a select group of graduates. Nobody has been chosen for testing from her small town in 5 years, and even her older brothers have been overlooked. Now Cia must leave to participate in â??The Testingâ??. If she passes she will be awarded a place at university, the way her father was, if she fails, she dies. Cia must now learn who she can and canâ??t trust, and just how far people will go to survive. Can Cia make it through â??The Testingâ??? Can she trust her fellow classmates who were chosen to go with her? And what isnâ??t she being told? This was an okay story, but I found it difficult to really get into, and it just felt like something was missing for me. Cia was an okay character, she had integrity and faith in the basic goodness of humankind, even when other people did not. She did her best to help people, and was even maybe a little too trusting at times. It was nice how she always looked for the best in people, even in the most difficult of circumstances, and she really was a good person at heart. I felt really sorry for the position she found herself in, and it couldnâ??t have been easy for her to watch her friends die. The storyline in this was okay. It had elements of the hunger games â?? kids being picked to go to the city, battling it out against each other during tests etc., and also reminded me of â??Maze Runnerâ?? at points. There were some twists and turns that I didnâ??t see coming, and plenty of backstabbing! I liked the romance, and I liked the general idea of the story, but for some reason I found this book really difficult to get into. Iâ??m thinking that maybe this was just me, but I didnâ??t really feel invested in the story until the 70% mark when things started to get a bit more exciting, and even found some of the early parts a little boring. Thankfully this did resolve, but I still didnâ??t love this book, it just felt like it was missing something for me, but I donâ??t know what. The ending was quite interesting, and it was good to see how Ciaâ??s family still supported her, even from afar. I might read the next one in the series, but I think Iâ??ll probably borrow rather than buy! Overall; an okay dystopian, but I found it difficult to get in to. 6.75 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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