Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books
Format: Kindle eBook Source: Library
Rating:  (4/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

Now, this book did have many similarities to The Hunger Games. Actually, this book had many similarities to many of the YA Dystopian novels currently saturating the market. But this is one I actually really enjoyed reading, so let’s just accept those similarities and move on.

When I picked up this book (A few days ago) I really felt tired of dystopian novels. There have been some good ones since The Hunger Games made the genre popular again (The Summer Prince by Alaya Johnson for example) but many of the books have felt very much the same to me. But the library had this one as an eBook, so why not try it? No harm if I didn’t read past the chapter.

I ended up liking this book a whole lot more than I thought it would. The premise seemed a bit unrealistic (Testing the countries smartest people in dangerous ways? Really?) and it still doesn’t seem plausible, but when I was reading the book it worked.

The book’s plot moves along really nicely. Once you get past the first chapter or so it always feels like something is happening, and parts of the book can be really suspenseful. This is actually the first book in a while that I’ve wanted to keeping reading enough that I finished it in one day. 

All in all, a nice fast read that didn’t have the most original plot, but was still pretty good. I will be reading the second book in the series eventually. I’m curious.

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