Bk.1Book - 2013
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SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017
The Testing is Joelle Charbonneau’s Hunger Games clone. Young people from post-devastation colonies are selected to compete for spots in the government’s university, like some juiced up Gaokao. The testers are sadistic and the tests have consequences.
It wasn’t badly written, but I can only re... Read More »
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red_ladybug_600 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 40
white_penguin_196 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18
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"Things don't always work out the way we hope. You just have to pick yourself up and find a new direction to go in."
“All leaders have to live with disappointment at some point or another. If I have to learn that lesson early, I won’t enjoy it, but I will do my best not to let you down.”
“The best leaders make mistakes and then learn from them. The best leaders never make the same mistakes again. The only way you can learn is if you understand the mistakes that were made.”
“Leaders are forced to kill all the time. Then they have to learn to live with the decisions they make. Just like I'm going to learn to live with mine.”
“Things don't always work out the way we hope. You just have to pick yourself up and find a new direction to go in.”
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
" You're smart, Cia. You're strong. There are people like me on your side who know you can make it. Please prove I'm right." -Michal
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The main character Cia Vale gets chosen for the testing, along with Thomas Endress a boy who also comes from five lakes colony. They start the testing with high hopes of making it to higher education. But soon realize that their is a lot more at stake in failing or a wrong answer.
Brilliant students throughout the country hoped to be chosen for The Testing: passing The Test is their one chance at education at university and becoming a government official. Almost immediately after Cia Vale is chosen to take The Test, her father tells her about his Testing experience. How everyone's memory was be wiped after Testing was completed. And how he still has gruesome nightmares of he believes occurred during The Testing. When Cia finally arrives in the Capital along 107 other Testing candidates and the fight for a spot at the university turns into a bloodbath, she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into.
Malencia Vale (Cia), is a very smart girl, always answering the questions right and proving the teachers wrong. But graduation is near and Cia wants nothing more than to be selected for the Testing. As graduation gets closer, Cia wonders if she is smart enough to be selected. But when she is chosen, someone very close who has been in the Testing turns her whole thoughts and depiction of the Testing. Will Cia go through with the Testing with the others, or will she try to rebel?
All her life, Malencia Vale has desired to be selected as one of the few candidates to participate in the Testing. However, when her wish becomes a reality and vile secrets she never deemed possible are unleashed, Cia must struggle to rediscover herself and her true purpose in society. Is the death of so many really worth becoming a victor?
All her life Cia has dreamed of being chosen for the testing, and once she discovers the truth, she knows there is no turning back.
This book follows a teenage girl named Malencia (Cia) in a dystopian future. The book follows her journey as she discovers corruption, romance, and fear in a way we can only imagine.
Cia has lived a quiet life in the small, but growing Five Lakes colony. After the Seven Stages War, most of the world’s population was decimated and the environment destroyed. Cia’s father, a rare university graduate was placed at Five Lakes to help turn the toxic soil fertile again. Getting ready for her high school graduation, Cia hopes to be selected for the Testing, a rigorous set of written and physical tests that only a chosen few take in the hopes of attending University. When her dreams come true, she and three other classmates are selected to travel to the capital city for Testing, Cia’s father confides in her that the Testing isn’t all that it seems. He believes there is a sinister purpose to the process, and with his last goodbye, reminds her to “trust no one.” Shaken up by her father’s confession, Cia shares her father’s suspicions with Tomas, another Testing candidate, hoping she has chosen the right ally to ensure her survival.
Violence: descriptions of wounds, use of firearms, reflections on the rationale behind violence and taking a life in self-defense