The testing is Malencia Vale's only chance at promising future in the bombed-out wastleand of the former United States. She must compete against the country's smartest and deadliest youth in order to earn her palce at the university. Charbonneau has done the unthinkable: given fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent a fresh dystopian fiction story with a strong female character who you root for from the very beginning. Simply, a compelling story with stron characters and a great start to the series. Enjoy! -Wintaye's January Pick, 2014
Fans of The Hunger Games hungry for more are in luck: Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing is every bit its equal. Cia and Tomas must navigate a rigorous testing process to gain admittance into a university that will ensure their future as leaders of the nuclear-war-ridden former US. The kicker: Cia knows that at the end of the process, their memories will be wiped clean of the horrors they faced. The first book in this new trilogy is exciting, well-written, and has a refreshingly straight-forward romance plot (we're all a little tired of love triangles by now, aren't we?) -Lauren's January Pick, 2014
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.
"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."
"Charbonneau is a fantastic story teller and this book is a tribute to that background. The intrigue in The Testing passes evaluation of what a good dystopian novel should represent."
—VOYA, 4Q 5P M J S