The Testing Narrator: Elizabeth Morton
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 4, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Romance, Survival Stories, Young Adult Fiction
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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.
Echos of the Hunger Games, yes, please. I loved the Hunger Games and have had The Testing on my shelf cause I like to read books with the same types of themes. The Testing is set in a world ravaged by The Seven Stages war and left the world unrecognizable. Rebuilding is the solution and the way the GovernmentGovernment determines that those who will make the changes must be educated, and to be educated, you must pass The Testing.
Like in Hunger Games, the GovernmentGovernment is hiding secrets, parents are hiding secrets, and you never sure who to trust. They are a love interest in this one it Cia and Tomas. I found the story engaging and just perfect for an audiobook. The Testing is violent, and the trials that the characters are put through will have you holding your breath, wondering slightly how much worse can things get. You’re never sure what is a test in this series, so the candidates are always on their toes. A 3 book series that I sure I will thoroughly enjoy.