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4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  34,868 Ratings  ·  4,558 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
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Georgine In the beginning I had the same problem, but when cia enters tosu city I got into it. Just read a few more chapters, it is worth it. It is a awsome…moreIn the beginning I had the same problem, but when cia enters tosu city I got into it. Just read a few more chapters, it is worth it. It is a awsome book!!
Mvm2407 If you remember when they first arrive she describes the cold and uninviting look of the building. She also describes the adults attempt to hide the…moreIf you remember when they first arrive she describes the cold and uninviting look of the building. She also describes the adults attempt to hide the grim look of the building by the landscaping and the beautiful flowers. I think the adults are trying to do the same thing they realize that the entrance looks dismal and add chairs to give the impression that things will be normal inside. But Cia notices right off the bat that they are just staged and never used. (less)
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Jan 12, 2014 Mitch 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
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
May 26, 2015 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* 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
Khanh (the Grinch)
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.
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
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
Marg K.
Jan 06, 2014 Marg K. rated it did not like it
Y'all wanna know what this book tested? My ability to keep my brain from fogging over, that’s what. Reading The Testing also proved to be an endurance challenge in giving a fuck…which I failed at…spectacularly. That’s right, about halfway through the story, I came to the unfortunate realization that I couldn’t care less. Not even if I tried. And, believe you me, I tried. I tried bloody damn hard.

The sad truth is though that this book felt utterly lifeless to me. I was completely disconnected fro
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
Grace (LovingDemBooks)
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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, but beca
Rachel Maniacup
Oct 20, 2015 Rachel Maniacup rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Sarah *on hiatus*
**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
Aug 01, 2015 Krys 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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Ahhh, why can't all young adult dystopias be like this?!As you may have noticed in my review forMatched, I think YA dystopias are pretty hard to write. The Testingwas so often compared toThe Hunger Games andDivergent 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), the plo
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 23, 2014 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) 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
Jun 10, 2013 Katy 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
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
Jillian Heise
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
Sarah *on hiatus*
Oct 01, 2015 Sarah *on hiatus* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, the-best

The Testing is a super awesome story about selecting future leaders from extremely smart and skilled 16 year olds who have to pass a lot of fatal tests to enter the University. Imagine if our leaders today were to take these tests in order for them to be elected. I'm sure not one of them will survive. LMAO! I doubt they'll even be smart enough to be selected to be part of the tests. Bwahahahaha! I'm evil, yep but I think we've already established that. Lol.

I did find some similarities of this t
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.

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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
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
Camly Nguyen
Jul 30, 2015 Camly Nguyen 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
En este momento tengo sentimientos encontrados, me gusto pero a la vez siento que le falto algo, ojala y en los que sigue mejore porque las ideas de la autora me han gustado.
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
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
Mar 09, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
La prueba es una novela distópica, recién salida del horno de Oz editorial en España. Me llamaba muchísimo la atención desde el primer momento y lo cierto es que me ha gustado mucho y, aunque hay ciertas cosas que no me han gustado, en general ha sido un libro que me ha enganchado y me ha mantenido siempre con ganas de saber más.
Siguiendo por la línea en la que terminaba, La prueba es una novela que si por algo se caracteriza es por su ritmo vertiginoso y su estilo que engancha desde la primera
Let’s get real here. Time to announce a big fat DNF.

The last time I touched The Testing was half a year ago and that was out of desperation due to my eco lecturer boring me to bits as he depicted the inner workings of microeconomics. Suddenly a story rather reminiscent of The Hunger Games but for a bunch of intelligent kids (sorry Katniss, that ain’t a jab at you, girl) became rather appealing. And yet, even then, it couldn’t retain my attention. That should have been the big warning sign.

The Testing, unfortunately, turned out to be a much safer, tamer, and less interesting novel to the ones it was compared to, The Hunger Games and Divergent. I expected to be horrified, to see things without any sugar coating, and to have an emotional connection with the main protagonist as well as scenes that cause my heart to go on overdrive. However, I got the baby of those two novels, because The Testing had a lot of similarities to both novels, but it fell flat in comparison. We have the tes ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok
Recommended to Zoe by: Rose
Shelves: dystopia, to-review
Every year the United Commonwealth reviews the achievements of the graduates in all eighteen colonies. The top students from that pool of graduates are brought to Tosu City for Testing to attend the University. Being chosen is an honor. The graduates of the University are our great hope—the ones we are all counting on to help regenerate the earth and improve our quality of life. They are the future scientists, doctors, teachers, and government officials.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau foll
May 20, 2016 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016
Toen ik begon aan dit boek had ik echt zo iets van, 'oh nee he, weer een Hunger Games / Divergent boek', want dat is het ook. Toch heb ik er enorm van genoten. Ging een beetje te snel voor mijn gevoel
Honora Nei
Everything in the The Testing was downright epic, and it had so many factors that made it that phenomenal;

-The world building: Complex, yet understandable.
The way Charbonneau introduces us to the United Commonwealth and its past is amazing.
Instead of doing the traditional character-explains-world-building we get to know it through the tests that Cia took. That's just genius.
The war and its seven stages, and how the countries fell made
Jun 08, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
What a pleasure this book was to read. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau was a fun, fast and interesting YA dystopian novel from beginning to end.

Anyone who knows me, or has taken a peek at my shelves, knows I'm a sucker for dystopian novels. Whether they are standalone or part of a series, YA or all-grown-up, I enjoy reading books about what could go wrong in a distant or not-too-distant future. I read one fellow reviewer classify these books as "world-in-the-crapper" novels, which is never too
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I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books)
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