I got the chance to get hold of an ARC copy from Netgalley.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For fans of Dystopian novels, Joelle Charbonneau has just managed to create a world that is similar yet distinctly different from all the other dystopian novels released in multitude.
Here's the blurb:
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.
What I think....
I have to be honest and admit, I saw THG movie. I was forced to accompany my kids who were so down into it. When the movie was over, my hubby and I were aghast at the violence and the probable impact it would have to readers and movie goers out there. That was my first experience on dystopian novels. From thereon after, I made sure I at least read part of the dystopian novels that my daughters would read. I managed to snag a few off their fingers, but okayed some of them. Imagine their surprise when I got this from the galley, read through a fourth of it and simply said: This, girls, is a must read! Now get on it!
I would not wonder if The Testing is going to go through the ringer. What with too many THG fans out there. If you are reading this blog or the book, remember one thing: this is way better!
The character and plot development obviously took a lot of time and effort to pen. Author Charbonneau made sure to not leave her readers hanging. This is a complete book, although it is just the first part of a trilogy.
So go ahead folks, take a Sneak Peak To The Testing Trailer and imagine the world that many are raving about.
Take yourself further, all those who have not had the pleasure of reading it. Here is a Direct access to the FREE prequel and more!