Author: Joelle Charbonneau [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter]
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Series: Testing, Bk 1
Length: 325 pages
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I might possibly go to an author event featuring Joelle Charbonneau, and since it would be for the book Independent Study, I felt I should read the first book in the series.
Apparently, one will read dystopian novels whether one thinks one will or not. But despite the genre, I enjoyed this. I liked Cia Vale and was rooting for her (and her family) all the way. I was interested in her passage from graduation through testing. The other characters were interesting as well.
The testing itself was horrible. Of course, what else could it be. But I don't want to say too much and have spoilers. I wasn't so sure about the ending. I guess that's what keeps a person going, but it was kinda cliffhanger. Not in actual danger suspense as much as how will Cia react to everything that has happened?
I did find parts similar to The Hunger Games. But it was different in all the right ways. That is, I will continue reading this series and I did not read past the first book in that one.
Anyway, the free prequel can be found here. I didn't know about it, so I haven' read it yet, but I will. And I intent to read Independent Study soon, too.