Audiobook Review The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau,

Posted March 1, 2021 by jrsbookr in Audibook Review / 0 Comments

by Joelle Charbonneau
Audiobook Review The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau,The Testing Length: 11
Narrator: Elizabeth Morton
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 4, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Romance, Survival Stories, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 336
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Format: Audiobook
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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.


About Elizabeth Morton

born in Liverpool and has worked as an actress, being best known for playing Madeleine Basset in Jeeves and Wooster and Linda in the Liverpool sitcom, Watching. She is an award winning short story writer and has also written drama for TV, film, and theatre. In her formative years at convent school, she spent her weekends playing the piano accordion in Northern Working Men’s Clubs. She is married to fellow actor Peter Davison, known, among his many other roles, for playing Dr Who.

About Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle Charbonneau is a storyteller at heart. She has performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children’s theatre productions across the Chicagoland area. In addition to her stage work, Joelle has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer.

While Joelle is happy to perform for an audience, she is equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use her experience from the stage to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of the NY Times and USA Today Best Selling THE TESTING TRILOGY (The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day), the social media thriller NEED, the fantasy thriller DIVIDING EDEN as well as the Rebecca Robbins (Minotaur Books), the Glee Club Paige Marshall (Berkley) mysteries. Her books have been nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards as well as listed on the YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books for 2014.

Rating Report
Overall: 5