Review: The Testing Series by Joelle Charbonneau

Posted March 2, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Testing Series by Joelle CharbonneauThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 4th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Dystopian
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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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.


I never thought I’d find a book that gave me the same feelings I had when I read The Hunger Games.  The testing totally gave me that feeling.  


It has a sort of Hunger Games feel to it, but so much worse.  Who would want to be part of a program without knowing exactly what is going to happen.  The mysteriousness of it would have me running the other direction.


I did like Cia.  At times she’s very child-like, but I appreciated the fact that she thinks things through.  She’s so good hearted, and really wants everyone to succeed.  I love that about her.  She doesn’t become jaded by the events that take place.  She’s smart, and makes decisions that will benefit almost everyone.  

I definitely wouldn’t want to be in her shoes while making the choices she has to make.

Review: The Testing Series by Joelle CharbonneauIndependent Study by [book-author]
Published by [book-publisher] on January 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Dystopian
Pages: 320
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In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

The next book in this series had me antsy. I didn’t know what to expect, or how things were going to play out.  


I didn’t want Cia to have to go through some of the things that she had to.  And some of the others in her area of study are lethal.  They will do whatever they need to in order to get ahead.  It’s terrifying.  And not only that, but they have to go through more tests.  It’s like hazing, on a deadly level.


After reading I’m ready for the next book.

Review: The Testing Series by Joelle CharbonneauGraduation Day by [book-author]
Published by [book-publisher] on June 17th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Dystopian
Pages: 320
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She wants to put an end to the Testing In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.
But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.
Who can Cia trust? The stakes are higher than ever—lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.
The Final Test is the Deadliest!

This one had me on the edge of my seat.  How is she going to do what is asked of her? Who is she going to trust to help her get the job done?


The conclusion plays a major focus on the decisions that Cia must make.  Can she do what has been asked of her? Cia still goes through things with a logical approach.  Even when there is a time crunch.  She does everything in her power to expose the government, and get to the bottom of it.  


I was second guessing all of my original thoughts as I was reading.  This book kept me on edge and was a satisfying ending to the series.

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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