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The Testing

by Joelle Charbonneau

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | June 4, 2013 | Hardcover

The Testing is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

It''s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about-hope for-is whether she''ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings ("Cia, trust no one"), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance-and sheer terror-await.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547959109

ISBN - 13: 9780547959108

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it just as much as The Hunger Games & Divergent. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, this book won't disappoint. It was fast paced, full of surprises and really enjoyable! I recommend it to everyone and can't wait to start the next in this series.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hunger Games-esque The Testing sounded like the Hunger Games when I read the synopsis. I think the two are similar on some parts but I wouldn't compare them because they are two really different books as well. I never ran into any problems with The Testing. It was a smooth ride for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The plot was never slow. Even in the testing stages that isn't about killing each other, I was still enjoying the book a lot. There was just A LOT that was holding my attention and I couldn't stop reading it (partly because of the romance and partly because of all the action). And UGH.. speaking about romance. This one is so cute; my heart cannot take it! I love Tomas :3 He's such a cutie and he likes her so much that she didn't even notice when he made moves on her when they were kids (and she likes Tomas too so I don't know how that could've happened). IT'S LOVE.. one of those cutesy loves that make my heart flutter and cry out for their adorable-ness. The four stages of the Testing were all very captivating. Cia definitely made some allies, friends and enemies along the way but she kept going on strong. I really admired her courage and how she never crumbled no matter how traumatic things became.  Overall, the Testing is an amazing book. Its likeness to the Hunger Games isn't why I liked it. I loved it for all its characters and how everything turned out. (Don't even compare it to the Hunger Games!) This book is a whole thing by itself, and I can't wait for Independant Study!
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! So I had heard a lot of good things about The Testing. A lot of people say that if you like The Hunger Games, to definitely give this one a try. Well am I ever glad I did! I loved The Testing even more than THG. Now I know dystopians are getting old (they really are getting a bit overdone, even for me, the person who read a million of them last year) BUT The Testing was just so good! Cia is a a great character who is obviously smart, since she's been picked to compete in the Testing for one of the 20 available University spots for the year. Cia is extremely excited because all she's ever wanted was a chance to attend the University. However, after her father, who was also in the Testing, tells her that he has no memories of his time in the Testing, just nightmares, she begins to worry. When she arrives for the Testing and her roommate commits suicide shortly after because of the stress, Cia wonders if maybe her father's mind created the nightmares to replace memories of students crumbling under the pressure. Soon enough, she learns the difference. Maybe the Testing is more dangerous than she thought. While Cia is smart, she definitely has her faults, one being that she trusts too easily! She's in a competition here and really shouldn't be trusting anyone, but she does anyways, and more than once she almost comes to regret it. She has a bit of romance with a fellow competitor from her home, Tomas, which might possibly blind her to him. He seems okay for the most part, but I just couldn't trust him. The Testing was a book that I had a hard time putting down. I can't wait for the next book to be released in the series. It's going to be a long wait. I really enjoyed Joelle Charbonneau's writing style, although at times the world building could have been improved a bit, I wasn't sure what had happened to the world for awhile. But, she made up for it with action and a story that kept me sucked in. Overall, it's a great read that I will for sure be recommending, especially if you're a fan of The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2013-08-07

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The Testing

by Joelle Charbonneau

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 in

Published: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547959109

ISBN - 13: 9780547959108

About the Book

In the dystopian society of the Five Lakes Colony (formerly the Great Lakes), it's an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it's not enough to pass the Test. Sixteen-year-old Cia will have to survive it.

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Turning the knob, I push the door open and take a step inside. The smell, urine mixed with corncakes, hits me first. Then I see her. Dangling on a colorful rope. Hanging from the ceiling. Face red and blotchy. Eyes wide with horror. Neck gouged and bleeding where she fought from instinct or because she changed her mind. I scream as the reality of what I see hits me. Hard. Ryme is dead. Chapter 7 Hands help me stand. Lead me into the hall. Someone asks me to wait and other people in jumpsuits come running from every direction. I clutch my bag to my chest like a security blanket as activity swirls around me. Ryme is cut down from the ceiling. A gurney appears. When she is whisked past me, I recognize the rope still around her neck: her dress, the one she looked so lovely in yesterday, tied to a bed sheet. I can''t help my stomach from emptying or the tears that flow hot and fast?-?for her, for me, for not seeing the desperation and depression under the arrogant façade. Did my taunting her with finishing the final written test push her over the edge? Could a kind word have saved her? "Cia?" I blink and realize Dr. Barnes is holding my shoulders. Looking into my eyes. I blink twice and swallow the bile building in the back of my throat. Mutely, I nod that I hear him. "They are going to assign you a different room." He leans against the wall next to me. "Would you like to talk about it?" No. But I will. I have to. Softly, I tell him about Ryme''s arrogance and her taunts today. My
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From the Publisher

It''s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about-hope for-is whether she''ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings ("Cia, trust no one"), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance-and sheer terror-await.

About the Author

Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son, and when she isn''t writing, she works as an acting and vocal coach. Visit www.joellecharbonneau.com.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers 2013 list "Electrifying."-EntertainmentWeekly.com " The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller that all fans of The Hunger Games will simply devour. Joelle Charbonneau writes with guts and nerve but also great compassion and heart. Highly recommended."-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruin and Flesh & Bone "I galloped through this excellent read; I was in suspense the whole time."-Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series "There is nothing standardized about this Testing. Charbonneau''s imagination will surprise readers at every turn."-Jennifer M. Brown, children''s editor, Shelf Awareness "Action-packed and full of twists, The Testing will keep you guessing until the very last page-and desperate for the next book!"-Erica O''Rourke, author of the Torn Trilogy * "The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers'' imaginations. . . . Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative."- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Charbonneau jumps into the packed dystopia field with a mashup of Veronica Roth''s Divergent (2011) and Suzanne Collins'' Hunger Games trilogy, but she successfully makes her story her own."- Kirkus "Charbonneau is a fantastic story teller and this book is a tribute to that background. The intrigue in The Testing pass
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