The Testing is the first book in the YA dystopian trilogy series The Testing. After the Seven Stages War, parts of the world are destroyed. The problems now rest on the next generation. In order to make sure that the next leaders don't make the same mistakes, the government created The Testing to evaluate what leaders they can become. Cia is very excited when she finds out she is one of the four Testing candidates from her small colony of Five Lakes.
Then her dad tells her some news about it. He tells her that he has dreams of memories about what happened during the testing, as they erased them. He advises Cia to not trust anyone, and to be very careful. After arriving, Cia realizes that she is in more trouble than she thought. Cia must be very careful of how she acts. One mistake and she could be eliminated- literally.
Cia is so strong and brave. She has to see and go through things that nobody should have to, but she keeps her head up. I know I wouldn't be able to do so in those situations! I love that she is attentive to detail, which helps her greatly, and scores bonus points with some of the authoritative figures. I loved that she thought about what to do. Every action she did, Cia thought first. While she was worried and self-conscious, that was a very good thing.
The sense of imagery and detail was incredible in The Testing. It was the little things, the little joke here or there that really made the book great. The setting was also very insightful. It felt so real, and it was like I could see the world through Cia's eyes. In part of the written test they took, the book listed the questions and answers, so you got to see more of what happened and gain background knowledge without just rambling on about that stuff.
I highly recommend this book! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Independence Day!
Title: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 325 Pages
Series: Yes, Book 1
Rating: 5 Stars