THE TESTING by JOELLE CHARBONNEAU
DO YOU POSSESS A WINNING COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL SKLLS AND RAW INTELLIGENCE? DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD OTHERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN YOUR WAY? Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional. Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates’ psychological or physical heath during The Testing.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I mean nearly every dystopian tale gets compared to the Hunger Games these days. Don’t get me wrong I loved the Hunger Games but I don’t want to read different versions of the same story and I was a little apprehensive at first with this one but decided, based on all the glowing reviews, that I’d give it a try. I loved the cover too-all shiny and silver. It caught my eye and looks great on my book shelf – Ahem yep I am a cover junkie. Anyway I was soon sucked into Cia’s world and Joelle Charbonneau does a fantastic job of creating that world. There were enough hooks and action to keep me flipping pages until the end. I loved Cia’s strength and her determination. I enjoyed her narrative and felt like I was totally in her head. The only thing that fell a little flat for me was the romance. I just didn’t really feel the connection but then I think it was probably because there was so much other stuff going on to keep me entertained. Despite the romance not giving me tingles I felt this book was a great start to a fab series and have already ordered book two – Independent Study. Can’t wait to get stuck in.
A wonderful * * * * from me!