This week I'm reviewing THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. Curious about THE HUNGER GAMES reboot? Then read on, readers, read on.
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 in 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 more 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.
So what are my thoughts? On Goodreads, I gave THE TESTING 5 out of 5 stars. I really wanted to give it 4.5, since the plot is so close to HUNGER GAMES in so many way, but it definitely warranted more than 4 stars. And it was worth rounding up.
Charbonneau book has a likable main character with an easy to read voice. Her writing is clear, clean, and she does a great job of bringing her dystopian world to life. I liked Charbonneau's government--and the book was unique in this way--because, though it's definitely a dystopian society, the government and its citizens have done some astounding work to bring their world back to life.
I liked the love interest, but I won't say anymore than that because I don't want to spoil the plot. Likewise, I'll keep a bit of the end that didn't settle well with me as secret, so you can make your own decisions on whether or not you liked it.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book as one of the summer's must-reads. I'm looking forward to the release of the last two books in the trilogy. Whether or not I get ARCs to review, I'll be reading and reviewing these books as well.
THE TESTING is set to debut on June 4th of 2013, and Houghton-Mifflin plans to give the book a big publicity push, so you'll want to secure a copy as soon as you can. Otherwise, it might be hard to get your hands on one for awhile.
You can learn more about the building anticipation of the book's release at Charbonneau's website.
As always, if there's a book you'd like to see reviewed, leave a comment below, and I'll be sure to do that. I'll see you same time next week!