Monday, November 4, 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Let's get the fact that this book is very similar to The Hunger Games out of the way right off the bat.  Despite that, I really enjoyed the book nearly as much as I liked The Hunger Games the first time I read it.  Cia has reached the end of her schooling and is hoping to be selected for the Testing, a process by which young people get to attend the university.  No one from her small town has been selected in years so everyone is surprised when four students are chosen for the testing this year.  Cia's excitement is lessened when on the night before she is to leave her father takes her aside to warn her about what will actually happen, at least as much as he can remember and what comes back to him in nightmares.  Rattled, Cia promises to trust no one but she has a hard time keeping her word when Tomas makes it clear that he wants more of a relationship with her.  The tests start immediately and are constant and brutal.  So many similarities which usually really bothers me in a book but I was just wrapped up in the story!