Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

Oh my god. This book was one of my favorites out of the ones I have read recently. It mirrored the plot of the Hunger Games a little, but the characters were wildly different and the book was a thrill to read.


Cia is apprehensive. She is anxious. She is fearful but eager.

The Testing is exactly what it sounds like- a test to find the smartest people and put them to work to reconstruct their nation that was plagued by a war. No candidates from the Testing have been chosen from her society in almost a decade.  Her brother, one of the smartest people she knows, was not chosen, and Cia is sure that means that she won’t be chosen either.

Until she is.

Cia’s dad, who has passed the Testing, relays to her the actual horror of the location she is about to visit. He leaves her with one haunting message: trust no one. When Cia, along with the other four candidates from her society, arrives at the location of the Testing, she is eager to pass the tests put forth before her, and becomes frantic to succeed when she realizes that the consequence of failure is death.

Tomas, another boy from her society, offers her an alliance, and she soon begins to fall in love with him. But Cia still doesn’t know whom to trust.

Will she pass the Testing?

If you’d like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Testing

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