Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Testing

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

In this futuristic dystopia, the environment has been trashed by careless humans, and only by careful husbandry are people able to survive now. 16-year-old Cia has been chosen for the Testing: if she passes, she will be one of the very few students allowed to attend the University to become world leaders and scientists.  Cia's father is a University graduate, but his memory has been wiped out; the only advice he can offer Cia is to trust no one.

Cia quickly realizes that her father was right to warn her. But she will need more than caution to survive the Testing. 

This fast-moving story of betrayal and survival will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games.  First in a series.

On-page violence, some kissing. No cussing, no sex.  Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Anonymous,  December 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM  

Pretty soon all of this dystopia will be reality.

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