Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Seven Stages War left the world a destroyed, toxic wasteland, and the United Commonwealth needs leaders who will help rebuild it. Elite students are chosen each year as candidates for the University, their chance at higher education and a stable career. In order to make it to the University, the candidates must pass the Testing, a one in five chance of success. 
Cia Vale has been chosen from her colony as a Testing candidate, eager to fulfill her dream of attending the University. The night before she leaves, her father tells her what little memories he has left of his own Testing, and gives her advice: trust no one. As Cia enters the Testing, she finds herself questioning everything she once trusted and believed. To survive, she must choose between love without truth or life without trust. 

The Testing is fast-paced, intense, and packed with action. It was well written, the characters depth and struggles will suck you into the story. I did have an internal debate while reading this book though, due to it's similarity to The Hunger Games. This similarity in plots means two things. One, like I mentioned earlier, it is very intense and will keep you on the edge of your seat, chewing your nails. Two, if you have read The Hunger Games, you might grow wary of how similar the story is. Overall though, I did enjoy The Testing, and recommend it as an entertaining, easy, summer read! And who knows, maybe the ending of this series will fare better than The Hunger Games series . . . But that's a different discussion for a different time. 



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