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Graduation Day (The Testing #3)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,951 Ratings  ·  1,230 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 24, 2014 Kathleen Lanman 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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sep 28, 2014 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian 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.
Rachel Maniacup
Oct 28, 2015 Rachel Maniacup 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
Jun 28, 2014 Isabel 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
Oct 29, 2014 Jaylia3 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
Oct 07, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Not as awesome as the first two books but still an awesome series ender in my opinion. I highly recommend this dystopian trilogy! ;)
Jul 04, 2014 Jilly rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
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
Jeff Raymond
Apr 05, 2014 Jeff Raymond 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
Nov 11, 2015 May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería

La graduación es la tecera y última parte de la trilogía La prueba, trilogía distópica con tintes muy tópicos y a la vez diferentes. Una trilogía con sus subidas y bajadas, cuyo primer libro (La prueba) me encantó, cuyo segundo libro (La iniciación) flojeó un poco pero me dejó con ganas de más, y una trilogía que en sí me ha gustado pero que decae con cada libro.
Como digo, La graduación es un tercer libro que vuel
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.
Jamie (The Title Page)
Jun 26, 2014 Jamie (The Title Page) 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
Feb 07, 2016 Nikita 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.
May 31, 2014 Cheryl 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
Aug 28, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een mooie en spannende afsluiter van deze trilogie! Met elk hoofdstuk wilde ik weet verder lezen. Het einde past er ook helemaal bij. Ik zou hiervan misschien nog wel een novella van zien verschijnen ooit, dat zou leuk zijn. Uiteindelijk heeft het concept mij ook verbaasd, deel een deed mij veel denken aan THG en Divergent, maar de andere twee delen zijn totaal anders! Een toffe YA serie.
Callie Rose Tyler
Dec 13, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler 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
Aug 21, 2014 Morris 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
Dec 22, 2013 Chelsea 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
Amy Softa
Apr 14, 2015 Amy Softa rated it liked it
Shelves: library-read
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
Jun 25, 2014 Daniel 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
Jun 19, 2014 Fallon 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
Jul 23, 2014 Jim 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)
Feb 06, 2015 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) 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.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
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
Jacoline Maes
De schrijfstijl

Op zich is de schrijfstijl nog steeds erg prettig en zou het daardoor lekker moeten lezen, maar omdat ik spanning miste ben ik een beetje gaan snellezen om het boek maar uit te hebben.

Het verhaal

Dit deel doet minder aan andere dystopians denken, maar eerlijk gezegd vind ik het niet beter dan de andere delen. Ik vond het verhaal ongeloofwaardig en pas de laatste honderd bladzijden begon het me een beetje te interesseren hoe alles verder zou lopen. Hierdoor had ik er moeite mee om d
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
Christina Erickson
Oct 14, 2013 Christina Erickson rated it it was amazing
What a great way to end the trilogy!!! I'm not sure what else to say. I'm sad that it's over.
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Jul 15, 2014 William rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2014
A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series.

For those who slammed Independent Study (2nd book in series), I definitely recommend that you give Graduation Day a try. Charbonneau addresses many of the issues apparent in Independent Study character-wise and describes events and plot details that explain why the events in the second book turned out the way they did. Also, she addresses the Bag. XD

With several twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, Graduation Day is filled with w
Jun 21, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
Hmmm. Lots of political intrigue in this one, and some interesting moral dilemmas. We finally get an answer to a question that's been bothering me for a while: what happens to the Testing candidates who don't pass their tests? I was kind of horrified by the answer, although I should have known because this is a dystopian YA novel.

I still like Cia as a character, but sometimes her very logical, analytical thoughts are a little tiring. C'mon, girl! Think about something that you might use an excl
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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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