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Graduation Day

(The Testing #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  26,816 ratings  ·  2,098 reviews
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of da ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Kathleen Lanman
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing ending to the series. There were so many little things that irritated in this book. Her magical, omnipresent bag of holding, for example. It's always there, and it contains anything and everything. At one point I thought the bag was the author having a sly joke with the reader, but I think that was wishful thinking.

Nobody behaved in ways that made sense. Why would a national leader put a child in charge of a violent uprising? For that matter, the whole testing system makes no
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Oct 11, 2014 rated it did not like it

This final book in the series, which up until this point had been decent, was abysmal; it was just absolutely terrible. I read the first two books in a few days but I almost had to pin my eyelids open to get through this one.

Here's a content breakdown:

50% - Talking about what to do again and again and...

The President gives Cia an assignment. Cia spends several chapters coming up with a plan that we then have to listen to her tell Tomas...and then Stacia...and then Raffe...and Zeen. Then they hav
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, y-a
Well, thank God we have Cia in the future because she seems to be the lone possible savior of the entire world. Literally. Even the president needs this teenage girl to save what is left of the country because she has not one other person in all of her government that can do what Super Cia can do! So, don't worry for our future, kids, Cia is on the case!

Seriously, I've read some annoyingly too good at everything characters before, but Cia takes the cake. I really liked The Testing, and enjoyed I
Rachel Maniacup
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: Sarah
Reading the final book in a trilogy,most of all in dystopian is always a dread for me (especially after having read the Divergent series),'cause I never wanted to experience any more frustrations after having read an awesome starting of the series,when at the final book,you'll only be devastated on the series'ending!?that sucks big time!

So to be honest,I want to tell you that I enjoyed reading this book,but not as much as I enjoyed the first two books in this series.

In this final book,Cia was gi
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia much as I would like to tell you that the finale to this dystopian series wouldn't end in a rebellion, I couldn't tell you that because that is exactly the direction of the entire series.

Having said that though, I am still satistfied with the outcome of the story and that is saying much especially when it comes to a dystopian series finale.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I just can't get past the Mary Sue main character. She seems to have an intimate knowledge of EVERYTHING, so she never has to ask people questions or consult books. She is the only trustworthy person in the entire novel, so much so that the president asked her alone to commit the act that would prevent a war, with no other plan to fall back on. She won't accept help from anyone else because she doesn't have faith in anyone but herself. Oh and she also has superhuman strength because with the amo ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh dear Lord, this was seriously a let-down. The first two books? Fantastic. Action packed. Loved them.

This one? Boooooooring.

I was stuck between finishing what I'd started and setting it down because of how boring it was. Only a few pages in, I knew it was already not as good as the first two.

**There are a few spoilers from here I suppose. Just don't read more if you haven't read it yet.**

As someone else has already pointed out, why in the heck would a president put a teenage girl in charge of
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Graduation Day begins in high tension, right where Independent Study left off, but within the first few pages author Joelle Charbonneau manages to weave in a review of the previous two books in the series without diminishing the tautness or velocity of this final entry in The Testing trilogy--very helpful for readers like me who have had a wait between volumes to finish the story. Cia has just discovered a shocking truth about the rebellion meant to bring down the Testing--a ruthless elimination ...more
Jeff Raymond
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I'm being honest with myself, the way The Testing ends the series up is a little bit of a disappointment. It's not the trainwreck that The Hunger Games became, mind you, but it's still felt a little out of step and not the sense of closure one would expect.

Essentially, we've spent the first two books building up a world so Cia can tear it down. The book has moved into full-on political conspiracy mode with plenty of spycraft and such to go along with it. Once things get started, the book real
Sharon Mariampillai
Actual Rating: 3.15

This is a good read. I liked the book, but I thought it lacked the same intensity as the previous two books. The story had action and the characters were great as usual. I thought the ending could have been way better. I really did not like how it ended as I thought there could have been more. Maybe an epilogue to tell us about Cia and how she is after her decision. I just thought the author could have given us more than what we got. It is sad to see a great book have such
Kimberly Francisco
I'm sad I didn't enjoy this more. It wasn't as action-packed or fast-paced as its predecessors, Cia's motivations didn't ring true to her character, and the triple and quadruple-crossing (this group is working for this person! No, this person! No, that person!) grew confusing and tiresome. The final confrontation was a let down and pretty unsatisfying. ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know it took me so long to finish the novel but it doesn't mean it's not good. Just too much school work but I think this is still a solid finale to the trilogy. I'm a little sad it's over. ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reviews
More of my reviews can be found at: Adult in the Ya Section

I absolutely loved “The Testing”, and while a bit disappointed in “Independent Study”, I still enjoyed it. I wish I had stopped before I read “Graduation Day”.

The one redeeming factor of “Graduation Day” is the action, so I will begin there. The action sequences were intense and real page turners. Unfortunately, there was not enough of it.

It all seems like the author is trying too hard to put in plot twists. Some of it came nowhere and m
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
The final book in the Testing series is finally here. I have grown close to Cia throughout these books. I was so looking forward to reading this final book. Even though I knew it would be bitter sweet because the series was ending. I found myself struggling to get into this book. I started it and it took several tries for me to stick with it. The problem is that there was so much action in the second book with the "testing" that when I got to the final book, it was more talk then it was action. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book (and series) was outstanding! Joelle Charbonneau outdid herself by filling the whole Testing series with love, loss, instinct and trust in a way that not only captivated me but made me smile at happy times and cry (especially at the end). I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great book filled with impossible choices and difficult answers.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally. The long-awaited conclusion to "The Testing" trilogy.

To be honest, I really enjoyed the first two books of this series, but the last book was a bit of a disappointment(I know...harsh). It was still well written, so maybe I was dissatisfied because my hopes beforehand were way too high.

The first two books were full of action and suspense; however, I felt as though the author Joelle Charbonneau purposely dragged this book out and added a large amount of clutter. There were details in th
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cia Vale, an ardent, intrepid, and judicious girl, is about to start a rebellion so precarious that any wrong move will result in her death, along with many others. Cia, and her friends from the colonies, have lived through many scarring encounters, and they feel that they have seen enough. Most of those encounters occurred in The Testing, a ruthless set of challenges that let only the most skilled survive. They want it all to end, The Testing itself, the people who created it, and the way it pu ...more
I've finally found a YA Dystopian with a decent ending! Woohoo!

This is the final book in The Testing series and this book concluded the series very well. Though I didn't fly through this one quite as fast as I did the first two books, it was still very good with lots of little surprises. I couldn't decide who to trust the entire way through the book. How do you know who to trust when you're dealing with the most brilliant, and in some cases, the most power hungry minds? Who do you believe when y
Diana Torales
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Maybe 3.75
I need more answers but I love it
Kelly Roberson
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book, and I loved it soo much!! I thought this was such a fantastic ending to the trilogy, and it really allows you the opportunity to decide for yourself how the future will play out. This book kept the thrilling pace of the other two books while also really calling into question right and wrong, moving away from past mistakes, who is worthy of trust, and so many other crucial things that really kept you guessing through the story. I also love that Cia stays try to the very ...more
Nicole Chinnici
Underwhelming. This trilogy began with such promise, but each book failed to live up to its predecessor.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Plot- 7.5/10
Characters- 8.5/10
Writing- 9/10
World Building- 9/10

TOTAL- 8.3/10

Quickie Review- Graduation Day is my 100th book read on Goodreads. *celebrates* Now, I was eagerly anticipating this book- the cover is amazing and the end of the second book, Independent Study, promised an epic conclusion to the Testing series. I wasn't disappointed with this, but I wasn't thoroughly impressed by it either. It was most certainly better than the other series conclusions I've read this year (Monu
Amy Softa
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this trilogy, the last book left me wanting and in the end I’m just kinda glad its over. Out of them all I like book two the best and had similar feelings towards book one and three. Perhaps it is just time to put YA dystopian books aside for a while. I’m feeling so ambivalent about the book I’m really not sure where to go with my review, the book just didn’t grab me until the last third, part of that could have been I read the first chapter of my next read and got really excited ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this political dystopian world created by the effects of war. This explores our very nature and if people can learn from their mistakes. I also liked the science fiction feel the book had. Here are my favorite quotes from Graduation Day and I tried to pick ones without spoilers.

* "I must keep calm. In control.This is the most important test I have faced thus far in my life. Too much is riding on th correct answer. I can not fail."

* "Trust no one, Cia. It's not just your life but also the
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At A Glance
Young Adult; Dystopia
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Nope.
Cliff Hanger: Nope.
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 5
Flow: 2
Series Congruity: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 5

In Dept
Best Part:
Welp, closure i guess.
Worst Part: Almost all of the above.
Thoughts Had: Snore fest; Something happen!!!

Continuing the Series:
Recommending: eh.

Short Review: Well that was boring as hell. Seriously it was soooo drawn it, it's crazy. I skim most of
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. This series wasn't worth the time it took to read it. It reminded me of the experience of reading another worthless YA book series - The Maze Runner - where it felt like the author's interest and writing ability got weaker and weaker with each book. This book was especially dull. The writing style felt very "procedural" and emotionless. The conclusion, if I can call it that, was watered down and really added to the sting of wasting your time plowing through the story. I su ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-galley
I really liked that this had more action but it did drag just a bit in spots but overall this was a great conclusion, if not a sad one, to the trilogy.
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Graduation day Review on K-Books

Holy Crap! Now THAT is what you call a finale!
There are no words to explain how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I absolutely loved the first two installments in this action-packed, phenomenal YA dystopia series. With themes of The Hunger Games and Divergent I couldn't help but just adore this series. I have been dying to get my hands on the finale and to see how it was all going to end. Joelle is definitely does not fit into the 'great series, not to g
The final part of "The Testing" series is leaving me with mixed feelings.
Again I enjoyed the book itself and the world in it. It started kind of slow again but the tension was rising with each page. The end was absolutely exciting and got me guessing and guessing who was trustworthy in the end. And this is where my criticism starts, I didn't have the feeling there was a real good and a real bad one. On top of that I still had too many unanswered questions. Still I am glad that the book didn't en
Emma Giordano
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finished this on my actual Graduation Day! haha This book was absolutely amazing. The conclusion to this trilogy was so well executed and I have so few bad things to say about it. Although I only started the series about a week or two ago, I was extremely excited to read this and could not be happier with the ending :)
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