Book Review: ARC of ‘The Testing’ by Joelle Charbonneau
(The Testing, US and UK edition)
I came across a number of YA Novels that were marketed to the fans of The Hunger Games, some of them were so-so, some were disappointing. When I received an ARC of Joelle Charbonneau’s ‘The Testing’, I was worried that it might be just another mediocre novel jumping on the Dystopian bandwagon. But it turned out that I liked the book a lot, I devoured it in one sitting!
It has been ten years since students from Five Lakes Colony were chosen for The Testing, an evaluation administered by the United Commonwealth to determine who will be accepted to the University. Successful candidates will be helping the government rebuild the country in the aftermath of the Seven Stages of War. The main character Malecia ‘Cia’ Vale is one of four candidates from her small colony. Only the brightest and smartest students are eligible for The Testing.
Before leaving for Tosu City, where the Testing Center is located, her father, a graduate of the University, revealed to her a very disturbing secret. Although the testing experience had been erased from his memory, he has nightmares of seeing his fellow candidates die in the process. Could it be just a bad dream or is there an impending danger waiting for the University hopefuls at Tosu City?
When her father revealed about his nightmares, that’s when the story starts to become really intriguing for me. I just have to read and know what will happen next! The book is definitely a page-turner. It made me wonder how will I fare if I have to go through the four stages of the testing. I was that engrossed in reading the book! Cia is a very likable and relatable character.
The story reminded me of The Hunger Games, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. To be honest, the similarities did not bother me at all. Since they are in the same genre, I think it’s expected that there will be some similarities, but The Testing has its own unique twist! It has a nice balance of romance and adventure. Miss Charbonneau is a very good storyteller.
The Testing is a very engaging read! I am looking forward to the next book!
Would I recommend this to fans of The Hunger Games? Definitely! But whether you are a big fan of The Hunger Games or not, you should not pass up reading The Testing!
Release date in the UK is August 1, 2013. Here’s the link to pre-order from Amazon UK.
Thanks to Templar Publishing UK for the ARC.
We will be having a giveaway of The Testing, more details will be posted later.