The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau
Jennifer D. shares this review:
There’s always room for another Hunger Games read-alike, right? Particularly these days when that series can be hard to come by at the library. And especially if, like The Testing, it’s excellent in its own right.
Author Joelle Charbonneau has created a dystopian version of the United States as it might look after years of bombardment by both human warfare and natural disasters. As the country attempts to recover from the Seven Stages War, Cia Vale is anxious to use her innate mechanical talent to help rebuild. She desperately wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and go to the University. The only way to do that is to successfully complete The Testing. Competition is cut-throat, and Cia soon learns that one wrong move could mean not just failing at her dream, but losing her life.
Another aspect of this series that I love is its expedited release schedule. Book two, Independent Study came out a mere six months after The Testing, and Graduation Day comes out this June. Waiting six months between installments is much preferred to the usual year-long wait for a sequel. Once you read The Testing, you’ll be glad you don’t have so long to wait either.
Check the WRL catalog for The Testing.