Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series: Testing #1
Pages: 339 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION CHARBONNEAU, J.
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: I am enjoying this series. I started reading these since the author will be visiting later this year. I think that the story is well written and pacing is great. Malencia (Cia) is a thinker, I love how you see her thought process in her decision making. I really like that Cia’s never loses her humanity throughout the testing. This first book is the testing process, so you learn about the process, the next two books talk more about University and political agendas. This is a great series and look forward to reading more by Joelle Charbonneau.