Friday, 5 July 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Gooreads Summary : 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.

Ellie's Rating : 3 of 5 stars

Ellie's Thought : I have mixed feeling about The Testing. I think the author tried a bit TOO hard to make the MC, Cia too awesome and great.
The main thing about The Testing is that EVERYONE that goes into the Testing is supposed to be the top of their class. Super smart in different ways.
But we only see Cia as being smart. She’s the ONLY one that notices things, the ONLY one who realizes plots and plans and cameras and that their being watched and listened to and…. EVERYTHING. There are a handful of minor characters that are in the testing and because they were chosen to be in the testing, you’d think they were smart as well. That they would notice these things too.
The only people that show any type of cunningness are people that are against her…
And the love interest… She’s basically taking care of him ALL the time- she’s basically taking care of EVERYONE all the time. He’s supposed to be smarter than her. But, as I’ve said above, no one but Cia is smart in this world of extremely smart people…
It’s really the only, and yet, BIGGEST downfall of this book. It could have been amazing and interesting if the secondary characters were just as much fleshed out and given priorities as Cia…
Now, the world building was good. It’s the typical dystopian type world building, not amazingly unique, but solid.
My ranking is a 3/5. The writing and world is good. But Cia is toeing that Mary Sue line. I hope in the next book, the secondary characters get more of the spot light.

1 comment:

  1. My review of this is up today as well! I gave it the same rating, because my thoughts were really mixed. I thought Cia was an OK character, but nothing to really make her stand out. I agree with you about the world-building as well. Great review! :)

    Aa'Ishah @ Reading Under the Stars