Book: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Imagine a world, in its post-apocalyptic state, after the five stages of war. As a way of the world trying to heal itself, civilizations begin to emerge, different colonies. Although people get chosen for the Testing, Five lakes is one of the colonies that are more isolated, and not many people get to do it. For several years in a row, no one gets chosen for the Testing. Until the year Malencia, or Cia, Vale graduates, and gets chosen to go to the main colony, Tosu City, to participate in the Testing by the United Commonwealth. The Testing is a test that the United Commonwealth gives the brightest kids in each colony to do in order to go to university. The people that have passed the test and have been to the university have come out successful. The people who fail, though, are never heard of again. Everybody comes out of the Testing with no recollection of what happened inside at all. Even Cia’s father, who participated in the test, has no memory whatsoever. Although she is excited to go, her father’s last words leave an echo. He says, “Trust no one”. Those are the only words she has in her head as she sets off to pass the test. Sadly, love and justice don’t always prevail. In the Testing, things are dark and twisted, and no one is afraid to stain their hands with innocent blood. No one except Cia. In order for her to win the testing, she has to make a choice. Either love blindly, or see the truth, without love.
This book takes place in the distant future, a dystopian world in which people are divided into sectors called colonies, and a main government called the United Commonwealth are the brains behind everything. Based on the fact that there were the “five stages of war” and people had to learn about it in the book, this is the future that our world would get to, if we start another war.
The Testing was written from a first person limited omniscient point of view. My favorite books are most often from the first person’s point of view. Charbonneau made it much more realistic by showing all of Cia’s conflicts and the process of her mind. Showing the thoughts of her main protagonist was a very good choice on her behalf, and it greatly enhanced the reading of the book.
I absolutely loved the whole trilogy. From the calm beginning to the wild, plot twisting end, the three books were something that kept me on my toes. I finished all three in two days. I got nothing done in those two days other than read, but it was totally worth it. Simply put, this is one of my favorite books of all time. From start to finish, this was a wild rollercoaster ride, and I loved it all. I recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian novels filled with lies, and, sometimes even more horrifying, truths.
Book Reviewed by Alicia Tai
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