The Testing

The Testing 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 T

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 collKeep 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 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.

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  1. I am a storyteller at heart I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children s theatre productions across the Chicagoland area While I m happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series Minotaur Books , The Paige Marshall Glee Club mysteries Berkley and The Testing YA triology Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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  1. I think I ve read The Testing at least four different times in the past year without actually ever having heard of this book With the success of The Hunger Games, every new dystopian and gosh darn it there are so many of them now is being marketed as The Hunger Games meets this or The Hunger Games meets that, but never in a million years would I have suspected I d read one so blatantly unoriginal that it s not The Hunger Games meets anything, it s just The Hunger Games rehashed, ripped off, what [...]

  2. I loved this book An amazing dystopian novel that is very realistic and believable One of the best heroines I have read about in recent years and a world that, while devastated, is one I almost wish I could visit to see what it it like Lucky for readers, Joelle Charbonneau does a wonderful job in her deliverance of this world to us This book is a first person novel from the view of Cia Cia is a young teen who is specially selected to join in The Testing The Testing is about selecting future worl [...]

  3. Why haven t I heard about this book I started this book this morning and didn t put it down Even when I had things to do I carried it with me That s my test for a great read The Seven Stages of War have happened and it s left our world in pretty much shambles There are some communities that have started the rebuilding process and then we have the Testing The Testing is when the students finish their schooling, they may stand a chance of being called for the Testing and it s their only way of fu [...]

  4. I m still staggering a little from reading this book, but in the very best way I don t even know how I will formulate a reasonable review without resorting to squealing OH MY GOD YOU GUISE THIS IS SO GOOD READ IT NOW But here goes nothing.YA dystopian is an incredibly difficult category to write, it seems So many books have attempted to create a likeable, believable character in a well built, post apocalyptic, post infection, or post war setting Most have failed, and failed spectacularly I have [...]

  5. It s hard to review a book that made you feel nothing at all I am an emotional reader, and although I sometimes make halfhearted attempts at objectivity, my reviews generally reflect my emotional reactions, just as it should be But even though I raced through The Testing and found nothing wrong with it objectively speaking, it didn t move me one way or the other Sometimes, a seemingly flawless book can disappoint than a severely flawed, yet heartfelt read Cia s world is textbook dystopian by wh [...]

  6. Things don t always work out the way we hope You just have to pick yourself up and find a new direction to go in I have never made a proper review on this book when this is one of those that really deserves one so here s an attempt to make one I usually find it unfair when readers would easily dismiss every single dystopian story written after the Hunger Games as exactly like the Hunger Games HG Although this may have similar patterns to that of the Classic HG, the Testing is an original and per [...]

  7. Initial reaction I m less than impressed with The Testing It started off intriguing enough, but as the story continued, I think the quality of it devolved and I couldn t suspend my disbelief with respect to many elements that came across and unraveled at the seams as it continued on The story did have some interesting points, but never came to fruition with them as the emotional quality of the story and characterizations missed their mark.Full review I m going to avoid direct comparisons with ot [...]

  8. Buy this book HERE on or buy this book HERE on BookDepository with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIIPPINGI received an finished copy of this book from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for free in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own 2 of 5 stars Please read my rating system further below Click HERE to watch my review on my YouTube channel LovingDemBooksMy rating system I do use half stars 5 I do not use the 5 star Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perf [...]

  9. The dystopian phenomenon has really taken off, possibly rivaling the vampire craze And of course, I m a huge fan of the genre who loves just about every book But never have I felt that one was a failed attempt to duplicate The Hunger Games.The selection process into the official contest, the rounds of training or in this case what felt like the pretest, the being thrown into an arena and going around killing to be among the survival of the fittest, the recording and monitoring system what was th [...]

  10. The Testing is the first book in a new Dystopian trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau This is her first time writing for the Young Adult market.The Seven Stages War ravaged much of the United States and now the leaders have issued a challenge for choosing potential leaders The Testing The Testing is something that many children aspire to but few achieve Cia lives in an outlying colony called Five Lakes in what remains of the country She has worked her whole life with one goal in mind to be chosen When [...]

  11. I was about to type my review on this book after rating it but the power here in our country suddenly went off again ,due to another big typhoon that hit our poor country again.Not only that the power shut down for 2 days,but the commodities shot uphill as well.And now that the power has just been restored,it s the water service we ve lost this time Oh my Thank God,we re all okay and could still manage to smile inspite of all these calamity Sorry for my tragic introduction,just can t help mentio [...]

  12. Ahhh, why can t all young adult dystopias be like this As you may have noticed in my review for Matched, I think YA dystopias are pretty hard to write The Testing was so often compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent that I couldn t help but draw similarities between them, as I was reading it Though the Tests are somewhat similar to Dauntless Initiation and The Hunger Games, it s wholly unique and it s own The pace is excellent, Cia is a an awesome protagonist who isn t a Mary Sue , the plot i [...]

  13. Seen at my blog, Scott Reads It I have absolutely zero self control when it comes to dystopian books I just have this urge to read any dystopian book I can get my hands on and often I end up extremely disappointed So many authors are trying to capitalize off the success of The Hunger Games and so their books turn out to be very mediocre The Testing is essentially a wanna be, it tries so hard to be the next Hunger Games yet it ultimately fails.The Testing is about a test that will determine wheth [...]

  14. I won this ARC from a blog giveaway, thanks This has probably been my favorite read in the past few weeks, but I couldn t give it five stars for issues that I couldn t ignore.The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau has been on my list to read for a long time It s been compared to the Hunger Games, and stars Cia, who is in one of the colonies who have not had any candidates selected for The Testing in a long time The Testing has been put in place after war has devastated the world to find the best cand [...]

  15. Review originally posted on Heise Reads RecommendsFirst Thought Oh my goodness SO good An engrossing, thrilling, intriguing, suspenseful story set in a well built future world.I really enjoyed reading THE TESTING I was engrossed it in from the start At first, I was a little worried that it would be too reminiscent of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT, but as I got into it, I realized that it was completely it s own creation of this world, while maybe feeling like an homage to those great dystopians [...]

  16. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book Actual rating 2.5 starsMost of the world has become a wasteland, and is in need of a new generation of leaders to piece society back together But in order to become part of this group of future leaders, a select few teens are required to pass the Testing Cia Vale is thrilled when she is selected as a candidate But before she leaves, her father a former participant of the Testing gives her an ominous warning, hinting that there is a ve [...]

  17. Update 12 4 13 This book is free on today Initial thoughts 3.5 4.0 stars Despite my reservations, I did enjoy this book and while there are parallels to The Hunger Games 2nd half of the book , it is a solid start to the series I ll definitely be reading on My review The Testing takes place in a world ravaged by the aftermath of war and a series of natural disasters Resources are limited a university education is a highly coveted prize Each year a group of the most talented students are chosen to [...]

  18. Mus m se p iznat, e a koliv na m takhle kniha p sobila trochu jako vykr da ka HG a jin ch sout n ch p b h , tak se mi fakt l bila Postavy byly suprov vykreslen , vlastn i dystopick sv t se povedl a to j r da kdy to d v smysl A i p es n kter kli a v ci, kter mi hlava dote nebere, se moc t m na dal d l

  19. What shall I say here I ve seen the comparisons between this book and Hunger Games I suppose that can t be escaped YA novels tend to run in cycles After harry Potter dozens of books placed in magical schools hit the shelves Some were good, others not so much.Now that saidere s actually very little resemblance between this book and Hunger Games other than there is a part of the plot where a group of young people are in a situation where they can end up trying to kill each other.Here we have anoth [...]

  20. Absolutely incredible and what s weird is that I ve never heard about his book I just picked it up randomly in the library and voila But seriously This was SOOO GOOOD It s a lot better than hunger games It has action, a lot violence, interesting tests I really loved how the author showed to us that the characters were intelligent even though she never once mentioned the word smart in their description I also really liked it because none of the characters in the book are Mary Sues and Gary Stu [...]

  21. I received an ARC copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley.Reading this book you can t help but compare it the The Hunger Games It s inevitable But as I read this book and turned each page, one thought came to mind This is way awesome then The Hunger Games can ever be Yes, you read that right This is way better and so much awesome then Suzanne Collins series Why I ll tell you why without giving away any spoilers Although this story resembles THG, it s different in a lot of ways Firs [...]

  22. Eindelijk de tijd gevonden om dit boek weer op te pakken en vervolgens in n ruk uitgelezen Wat een geweldig boek Ik moet toegeven dat ik op het begin twijfelde of het niet de hongerspelen kant op zou gaan maar nee uiteindelijk is het toch echt een heel ander verhaal GELUKKIG En dus krijgt het boek absoluut 5 sterren van mij Ben erg benieuwd wat de volgende delen gaan brengen Kan nu nog niet inschatten hoe het verder zal gaan Maar ga deel 2 absoluut snel lezen

  23. En este momento tengo sentimientos encontrados, me gusto pero a la vez siento que le falto algo, ojala y en los que sigue mejore porque las ideas de la autora me han gustado.

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  25. Por un lado pienso que no llega a las 3 estrellas Espero que cuando haga la rese a ponga en orden mis ideas y pueda ponerle una puntuaci n definitiva.Por otro lado solo voy a decir que es demasiado drama y que es thg con otro nombre.

  26. La prueba es una novela dist pica, reci n salida del horno de Oz editorial en Espa a Me llamaba much simo la atenci n desde el primer momento y lo cierto es que me ha gustado mucho y, aunque hay ciertas cosas que no me han gustado, en general ha sido un libro que me ha enganchado y me ha mantenido siempre con ganas de saber m s.Siguiendo por la l nea en la que terminaba, La prueba es una novela que si por algo se caracteriza es por su ritmo vertiginoso y su estilo que engancha desde la primera p [...]

  27. Every year the United Commonwealth reviews the achievements of the graduates in all eighteen colonies The top students from that pool of graduates are brought to Tosu City for Testing to attend the University Being chosen is an honor The graduates of the University are our great hope the ones we are all counting on to help regenerate the earth and improve our quality of life They are the future scientists, doctors, teachers, and government officials.The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau follows a po [...]

  28. This one is for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner.The story sucked me right in and I couldn t put it down It s been years since I ve read such a good dystopian Despite one plot hole, one plot inconsistency, and a reveal too shocking to be believable, this book was easily a five star read for me Yes, I noticed those three things, but the story was so good that they didn t detract from my overall enjoyment.

  29. Heerlijk deel 1 van deze serie Lekker vlot geschreven, hungergamesachtig zonder een slap aftreksel te zijn, een heerlijke serie om te gaan bingen denk ik zomaar mijn goede voornemen van 2018.Niet megauniek ofzo dus, maar wel gewoon heerlijk lekker van genoten, lekker verslavend, zat er goed in En die sc ne met die ontstoken wond die uitgeknepen wordt was zo goed tot in detail dat ik de tweede helft van mijn lunch niet meer hoefde

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