Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau


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.


Ani’s Review

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau was the selection for the Young Adult Book Addicts Unite! June book review. The consensus was that after a slow start, the pace picked up nicely and ending up being a fun read. In a rather small number of pages, the author was able to convey a good amount of personality into each of the main characters which I was really happy about. You know how much I like character building! Malencia (Cia) was a very thoughtful character and I enjoyed her narration. The thoughts of many teens aren’t expressed very well but Charbonneau does a good job of it here. The book review group found many similarities in this story compared to other dystopian novels which gave us a lot of comparison points and not always in a good way. For those of you who liked Hunger Games and Divergent, you will probably enjoy this book too. Click the image below to get this book or read more from

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