Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Testing

Title: The Testing

Author: Joelle Charbonneau [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter]

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Series: Testing, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780547959108

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.


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