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(The Testing #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  57,725 ratings  ·  6,726 reviews
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 and 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 coll
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin
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Mitch
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think I’ve read The Testing at least four different times in the past year - without actually ever having heard of this book. With the success of The Hunger Games, every new dystopian - and gosh darn it there are so many of them now - is being marketed as The Hunger Games meets this or The Hunger Games meets that, but never in a million years would I have suspected I’d read one so blatantly unoriginal that it’s not The Hunger Games meets anything, it’s just The Hunger Games - rehashed, ripped ...more
Jamie
I loved this book! An amazing dystopian novel that is very realistic and believable. One of the best heroines I have read about in recent years. and a world that, while devastated, is one I almost wish I could visit to see what it it like. Lucky for readers, Joelle Charbonneau does a wonderful job in her deliverance of this world to us.

This book is a first person novel from the view of Cia. Cia is a young teen who is specially selected to join in The Testing. The Testing is about selecting futu
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
Why haven't I heard more about this book? I started this book this morning and didn't put it down. Even when I had things to do I carried it with me. That's my test for a great read.

The Seven Stages of War have happened and it's left our world in pretty much shambles. There are some communities that have started the rebuilding process and then we have the Testing. The Testing is when the students finish their schooling, they may stand a chance of being called for the Testing and it's their only
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I'm still staggering a little from reading this book, but in the very best way. I don't even know how I will formulate a reasonable review without resorting to squealing "OH MY GOD YOU GUISE THIS IS SO GOOD READ IT NOW." But here goes nothing.

YA dystopian is an incredibly difficult category to write, it seems. So many books have attempted to create a likeable, believable character in a well-built, post-apocalyptic, post-infection, or post-war setting. Most have failed, and failed spectacularly.
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It’s hard to review a book that made you feel nothing at all. I am an emotional reader, and although I sometimes make halfhearted attempts at objectivity, my reviews generally reflect my emotional reactions, just as it should be. But even though I raced through The Testing and found nothing wrong with it objectively speaking, it didn’t move me one way or the other. Sometimes, a seemingly flawless book can disappoint more than a severely flawed, yet heartfelt read.

Cia’s world is textbook dystopi
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

"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."

I have never made a proper review on this book when this is one of those that really deserves one so here’s an attempt to make one.^^

I usually find it unfair when readers would easily dismiss every single dystopian story written after the Hunger Games as exactly like the Hunger Games (HG). Although this may have similar patterns to that of the Classic HG, the Testing is an orig
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angela
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when starting this book, but was extremely pleased. It was such a great story. The characters were very likable, different from each other and all around great (even though not all of them do good things). This book had my full attention from the beginning and never lost it, for even a moment. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great book.

I would have liked the ending to have been different. I felt it was abruptly ended, with questions unanswered. If
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Rose
Initial reaction: I'm less than impressed with "The Testing." It started off intriguing enough, but as the story continued, I think the quality of it devolved and I couldn't suspend my disbelief with respect to many elements that came across and unraveled at the seams as it continued on. The story did have some interesting points, but never came to fruition with them as the emotional quality of the story and characterizations missed their mark.

Full review:

I'm going to avoid direct comparisons wi
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BernLuvsBooks
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books, 2017
4 Stars for The Testing

Yes, The Testing has similarities to Divergent and The Hunger Games but it's just different enough to set it apart and strong enough to make it's own name in the vast YA Dystopian category.

About the Book:
The world has been ravaged by The Seven Stages War. The United Commonwealth is trying to re-build with the help of a few chosen students. Cia has worked hard in school to be "chosen" as a candidate for The Testing so that she can attend the University. Unfortunat
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Katy
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
The dystopian phenomenon has really taken off, possibly rivaling the vampire craze. And of course, I'm a huge fan of the genre who loves just about every book. But never have I felt that one was a failed attempt to duplicate The Hunger Games.

The selection process into the official contest, the rounds of training or in this case what felt like the pretest, the being thrown into an "arena" and going around killing to be among the survival of the fittest, the recording and monitoring system (what w
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Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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I received an finished copy of this book from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

2 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below).
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My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, bu
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Rachel Maniacup
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Sarah
**I was about to type my review on this book after rating it but the power here in our country suddenly went off(again),due to another big typhoon that hit our poor country(again).Not only that the power shut down for 2 days,but the commodities shot uphill as well.And now that the power has just been restored,it's the water service we've lost this time!Oh my! Thank God,we're all okay and could still manage to smile inspite of all these calamity.**

Sorry for my tragic introduction,just can't help
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Krys
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hunger Games Fans


The Testing is the first book in a new Dystopian trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau. This is her first time writing for the Young Adult market.

The Seven Stages War ravaged much of the United States and now the leaders have issued a challenge for choosing potential leaders - The Testing. The Testing is something that many children aspire to but few achieve. Cia lives in an outlying colony called Five Lakes in what remains of the country. She has worked her whole life with one goal in mind - to be chos
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Kelly Brigid ♡
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Ahhh, why can't all young adult dystopias be like this?! As you may have noticed in my review for Matched, I think YA dystopias are pretty hard to write. The Testing was so often compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent that I couldn't help but draw similarities between them, as I was reading it. Though the Tests are somewhat similar to Dauntless Initiation and The Hunger Games, it's wholly unique and it's own. The pace is excellent, Cia is a an awesome protagonist (who isn't a Mary Sue),
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Jon
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Seen at my blog, Scott Reads It!
I have absolutely zero self control when it comes to dystopian books. I just have this urge to read any dystopian book I can get my hands on and often I end up extremely disappointed. So many authors are trying to capitalize off the success of The Hunger Games and so their books turn out to be very mediocre. The Testing is essentially a wanna-be, it tries so hard to be the next Hunger Games yet it ultimately fails.

The Testing is about a test that will determine
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Bren
“The earth is resilient, but it’s hard to imagine a time when this place will be anything but a terrible reminder of what we as a people can do.”
― Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing

The Testing is another Dystopian book, part of a series, although I have just read the one. I did not enjoy it to much.

In this world, the story revolves around an Elite college, that some kids get into. It is a chance at a gr eat education in a world where daily struggles are to common. But students are vanishing at the
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Tessa HC (onceuponabookworm)
This gets 3.75 stars. I was kind of unsatisfied with it.

The Testing follows a girl named Malencia 'Cia' Vale who was worked hard all her life to be chosen for The Testing. The Testing is a test (well duh) that the United Commonwealth, the coalition that arose after the Seven Stages War, uses to select a group of twenty people who will get to go to the University, and become future leaders of the country. Cia is delighted to be chosen for it, but she learns that it may have a darker side that is
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booksnpenguins
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
All the living want to do is care for the dead. And now they, too, are among the fallen.



For those of you who aren't interested in the entire review, here's a recap:
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There.
If that's not exhaustive enough for you, lemme give you all the details.
Like I've said in one of my first reading updates, this reads exactly like something randomly picked from The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Legendor The Selection.
It doesn't matter what page or character you pick, it doesn't make much differenc
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Jillian Heise
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

First Thought: Oh my goodness! SO good! An engrossing, thrilling, intriguing, suspenseful story set in a well-built future world.

I really enjoyed reading THE TESTING. I was engrossed it in from the start. At first, I was a little worried that it would be too reminiscent of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT, but as I got into it, I realized that it was completely it's own creation of this world, while maybe feeling like an homage to those great dys
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this ARC from a blog giveaway, thanks! This has probably been my favorite read in the past few weeks, but I couldn't give it five stars for issues that I couldn't ignore.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau has been on my list to read for a long time. It's been compared to the Hunger Games, and stars Cia, who is in one of the colonies who have not had any candidates selected for The Testing in a long time. The Testing has been put in place after war has devastated the world to find the best c
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Paige Friske
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good I thought it was going to be to similar to THE HUNGER GAMES, but It was not. Would recommended.
Crystal
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the beginning here. For that reason
I feel like something more original could have come for the Main part of the story because it started out that way
The ending also kinda left me wondering how two more books have been written in this series, unless it’s an anthology, since it seems to be going in a cyclical direction. Unsure if I will continue series.
AH
Update 12/4/13 This book is free on Amazon today.

Initial thoughts: 3.5-4.0 stars. Despite my reservations, I did enjoy this book and while there are parallels to The Hunger Games (2nd half of the book), it is a solid start to the series. I'll definitely be reading on.

My review:
The Testing takes place in a world ravaged by the aftermath of war and a series of natural disasters. Resources are limited: a university education is a highly coveted prize. Each year a group of the most talented studen
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Camly Nguyen
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible and what's weird is that I've never heard about his book. I just picked it up randomly in the library and voila! But seriously. This was SOOO GOOOD. It's a lot better than hunger games. It has more action, *a lot* more violence, more interesting tests.

I really loved how the author showed to us that the characters were intelligent even though she never once mentioned the word "smart" in their description. I also really liked it because none of the characters in the book are
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Brigid ✩
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Most of the world has become a wasteland, and is in need of a new generation of leaders to piece society back together. But in order to become part of this group of future leaders, a select few teens are required to pass the Testing.

Cia Vale is thrilled when she is selected as a candidate. But before she leaves, her father––a former participant of the Testing––gives her an ominous warning, hinting that there i
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Mike (the Paladin)
What shall I say here????? I've seen the comparisons between this book and Hunger Games. I suppose that can't be escaped. YA novels tend to run in cycles. After harry Potter dozens of books placed in "magical schools" hit the shelves. Some were good, others not so much.

Now that said...there's actually very little resemblance between this book and Hunger Games other than there is a part of the plot where a group of young people are in a situation where they can end up trying to kill each other.

He
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Testing. It gave me the same vibes that I got from reading The Hunger Games many years ago. Set in a world where groups of seventeen year olds, from across various towns get selected for 'The Testing', young girl Cia learns that failure simply isn't an option. She has to survive and succeed with all of the challenges that get thrown her way
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Bee
I received an ARC copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley.

Reading this book you can't help but compare it the The Hunger Games. It's inevitable. But as I read this book and turned each page, one thought came to mind: This is way more awesome then The Hunger Games can ever be! Yes, you read that right. This is way better and so much more awesome then Suzanne Collins' series. Why? I'll tell you why without giving away any spoilers!

Although this story resembles THG, it's different in a
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Donna Backshall
I think I've read too much young adult post-apocalyptic fiction to be wowed by anything now. The Testing was interesting and just fine, kind of a mishmash of other dystopian YA novels, unfortunately with little original to add. ...more
Bookish Penguin
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I am really torn between how to rate this book and what to write now because I really really enjoyed this book but then I read other reviews...reviews of readers who rated the book with 3 stars or lower because I always like having different POVs on a book I read. So yeah they kind of opened my eyes to see the flaws of "The Testing" and I really didn't want to see them since I liked it so much. I know everyone should always make up an own opinion but you also can't just close your eyes and prete ...more
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