Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
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.
Despite the rather lackluster cover, this is one of my new favorite dystopians book. It had all the right element to really hold me interested.
I loved the idea of there being a test that participants must pass in order to "earn" their right to go to college. Add to that the fact that the test is dangerous and people die, and you've good me hooked.
The characters were well-developed and surprisingly relate-able. A nice romance developed without it overpowering the story or the action taking place.
If you like dystopians, you've got to at least give this book a shot!