Wednesday, January 23, 2019

THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing (The Testing Trilogy Series #1)

THE TESTING is compared to HUNGER GAMES by many. It is a dystopian adventure in much the same style.

The planet is mostly a wasteland. Various colonies have survived and each performs a special function to ensure Earth's survival. Young people are selected for The Testing upon graduation from schooling in each of the colonies. These specially chosen individuals report to Tosu City to participate in a series of four tests. Whoever successfully passes the tests will begin studying at the University. It is the hope that these talented young people will play a major role in rebuilding the world.

Cia comes from the Five Lakes Colony. It has been years since any young members of this colony have been selected for The Testing. This year four have been chosen. Cia's father warns her of potential dangers and tells her to beware who she trusts. Heeding her father's warning, Cia begins her time in Tosu City cautiously.

It is soon obvious that intelligence, creative problem solving, and cleverness are necessary to pass the multiple tests each of the young people face. Cia must be brave and often trust only her own instincts as she struggles to earn a coveted place at the University. The tests are challenging and it is soon clear that failure can result in death. Cia's resolve is seriously tested when she witnesses the violent death of one of her friends.

THE TESTING is the first book in the trilogy by author Joelle Charbonneau. The series is definitely one that will interest HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT fans.

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