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The opening volume in the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy. In Cia's dystopian society, it's an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it’s not enough to pass the Test. Cia will have to survive it.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.“The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller that all fans of The Hunger Games will simply devour. Joelle Charbonneau writes with guts and nerve but also great compassion and heart. Highly recommended.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Flesh & BoneThe Testing trilogy is:The TestingIndependent StudyGraduation Day
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""The Testing" by Joelle Charbonneau is a gripping dystopian novel that follows Cia Vale, a young protagonist, navigating a dangerous and competitive process called "The Testing" to obtain a spot at the University. Set in a post-apocalyptic society, Cia faces, deceit, danger, and moral dilemmas while uncovering dark secrets with the competition. Charbonneau's fast-paced narrative and immerse world building create a captivating read, and explain themes of power, trust, and sacrifice. Cia's resilience and internal struggles make her a compelling character, supported by a well developed cast. While reminiscent of other dystopian novels, the book maintains its unique flare. Although some points are predictable, the testing is a thriller and thought provoking read that promises further depth in the series, making it a must read for dystopian fiction fans in those seeking and exhilarating adventure, with a strong, female protagonist. overall, I would give the book four stars."
"insane! kinda a hunger games/divergent copy. but i’ve never been so scared to turn the page "