I also liked that she had strong morals and did not resort to the dirty tricks that the other candidates used. I liked how their romance wasn’t insta-love, and it manifested over time. Here we have another post-apocalyptic world. Mar 18, Jillian Heise rated it it was amazing Shelves: And while the third test was interesting enough to read, it was way too complicated for the task at hand. One day I’ll find out. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a coll Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Failure to complete a test correctly can results in pain or dismemberment or even death.

What shall I say here????? I like the book. I have heard fellow reviewers compare this book to The Hunger Games and Divergent. Cia isn’t a special snowflake ; she’s an average year-old girl though, a little more intelligent than most who grew up in a relatively small colony, with her parents and four brothers. The world-building was done well in giving the reader enough information when necessary, but also keeping us guessing about some things. I feel like the dystopian genre can no longer surprise me because so many authors like Charbonneau are just recycling concepts that been done a thousand times over. View all 5 comments. Or I would have been satisfied if Tomas has been the hot, popular guy that she’s always been pinning for who’s never noticed her before and this was her chance.

I’m not judging this book compared to either of these series, but on its own merits, and I can say that it is a damned good book, one of the best pieces of YA fiction that I have read this year. A layer of sooty grime covers it all. It wasn’t even used as a way to keep tabs on them for the contest – like when they needed help or notification of when they died.

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The Testing Trilogy — Joelle Charbonneau

Cia observes everything, from hidden cameras, to hidden mechanisms, and the way she thinks through the analytical and practical problems on her test was a joy to read. But seriously, I really like books with that concept. This is an element that’s been appearing in more contest-like dystopian books lately. It’s a test environment for extremes that kind of reminded me of a few games I played In a way, I kind of started picturing in my mind that the Testing center looked a lot like the environment for “Portal” and “Portal 2” if anyone’s played those games.


En dus krijgt het boek absoluut 5 sterren van mij. You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab. I wanted to Charbonneau to make me care about the world she created but she never did. This book definitely is going to “My favorite dystopian series” shelf! I’m on the fence at the moment about the sequel, but I think this could’ve been a better effort than it was, even with consideration of its derivative qualities.

Can we outthink a system that has been in place for decades? Other reviewers have mentioned that she may be too perfect, at least in the sense of being able to do things and always being right for the most part, at least about her instincts on traps and puzzles. At first the testlng seem innocuous: Feb 04, Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: I really enjoyed reading how she cautiously goes through the tests and avoids losing not only her chance at charbobneau university but her life as well.

But in order to become part of this group of future leaders, a select few teens are required to pass the Testing. Tje, and the harsh landscape that had overtaken them.

A Final Pass for Charbonneau’s Testing Trilogy

One of the best heroines I have read about in recent years. Looking past that, the Tests were well-done. I’m pretty confident that The Testing will become a popular book and will hte extremely well. Some may feel she is cold, her reactions are heartless; I don’t believe that to be true. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I didn’t even understand why Cia and Tomas even liked each other because there was no spark between them. View all 8 comments.

Charbonneeau was pretty apathetic and didn’t care for Cia at all. While it demonstrated what it needed to do, Charbonneau spent so much time setting it up, that I just found it hard to focus on the bigger picture when it came down to it. It is not insta-love or tropey in the least, and I found their romance believable, even under the highly stressful circumstance.


The Testing

It mostly consists of a bunch of kids sitting around taking tests like, you know, pencil and paper tests. She is headstrong and forthright, a problem solver. That has controlled the lives of hundreds of the brightest minds since the world began to rebuild? This book joell a first person novel from the view of Cia. I’m not going to continue the series, but that ending made me want to know what happens next, so I’m picking the shortest and easiest way and creeping my way into one of those summary sites.

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I was definitely surprised by some of the outcomes. Cia is a great main character– she’s humble, gracious, and has a good heart.

The only thing I didn’t like about the ending was the extremely obvious setting up of a love triangle; does every book really need a love triangle? The beginning is dull and exceptionally boring, but it gets slighlty better as you go on. Otherwise, there is a risk I will receive assistance from observing another candidate’s work.

Mar 21, Christina Ensconced in Jelle rated it really liked it.

I have heard fellow reviewers compare this book to The Hunger Games and Divergent. What the ever loving frack is The United Commonwealth? Got to dive now on the 2nd book! Some reviewers were upset with how “boring” the testing part was, but actually, I loved that part.

It makes me want to read the second book even more. It does not bother me that another book will be name-dropped in the marketing of this book.

Plus, Tomas and Cia have incredibly poor chemistry. Why are they doing any of this again? May 05, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves: