The Testing (The Testing #1)
by Joelle Charbonneau
What is it about:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?
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.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
What did I think of it:
This is a very entertaining read.
So the whole last stage of the testing seemed absurd: who cares. It made for fun reading.
Seriously: the concept of The Testing is one that's been done before: teens have to battle it out for survival or placement in a position they want. I knew this going in, so I wasn't expecting originality. I started on this book with the expectation I would be entertained. And I was!
Cia is likeable enough, and the tests she and the others have to take were cool to read about. The whole world building and the testing didn't really make sense to me, but I decided not to try to make sense of it and just enjoy the events.
And I must say that I really loved the interaction between Cia and the other teens. There were some really fun characters. Even Tomas, who seemed to be the typical teenage heartthrob, turned out to have a few tricks up his sleeves. I will confess it's this part of the story that makes me curious how this series will continue, and I most probably will pick up the next book in the series to find out.
All in all this book is enjoyable, if not overly original. If you're looking for an entertaining Dystopian read (and aren't too critical) this might be your book.
Why should you read it:
Teens having to compete in absurd tests!