Thursday, January 30, 2014
"The Testing" (a formal Lexi review)
I know this novel has been out, and the second novel was released earlier this month, but if you're here, you most likely were busy reading a host of other novels that came out around the same time. If you're thinking of reading this novel, read my review first. :)
The novel? The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Summary: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust." (Thank you tons, Goodreads!)
This novel was amazing. I loved the characters and the plot! The next community leaders are taken after high school graduation, away to a place where you're constantly being tested to prove you should be in college. Sounds pretty innocent but harsh, right? Well, the penalty for failing is nothing you want, and every upcoming leader won't remember a thing. So what exactly is being hidden and why? You'll find out once you read this adventurous book!
(Also, kinda reminded me of the Hunger Game premise, but more supervised and technical.)
In Conclusion: Read, read, read!
4/5 lightening bolts