The Testing

The Testing

Book - 2013
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Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2013
ISBN: 9780547959108
0547959109
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 22 cm

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SCL_Justin Aug 05, 2017

The Testing is Joelle Charbonneau’s Hunger Games clone. Young people from post-devastation colonies are selected to compete for spots in the government’s university, like some juiced up Gaokao. The testers are sadistic and the tests have consequences.

It wasn’t badly written, but I can only recommend it to people who liked the Hunger Games and dislike novelty. Oh! Here’s a difference: The female protagonist is only in love with one boy. I guess that makes it un-Hunger Gamesish.

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snailfly
Apr 09, 2017

the characters are boring and cliche, and slightly unrealistic.

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yahyaum111
Nov 21, 2016

The book is lovely. It's similar to the hunger games but its still good.

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Fatema_C
Nov 11, 2016

Yes, this book was extremely similar to the hunger games but i loved it nonetheless. The main character was really clever and smart, and i loved how much she cared for people as well. Unforgettable series.

MelifluousView Oct 14, 2016

Cia's authenticity with her fellow testing candidates is something I love. She doesn't give in to the pressure to treat people as obstacles.

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susan_findlay
Sep 06, 2016

I very much enjoyed this book. A lot of the other comments say it's too similar to Hunger Games - and the similarities are unmistakable. It had been several years since I've read that series, though, so it didn't bother me (the way it might have if I read one right after the other). Plus, I've been on a dystopian kick lately so it hit the spot.
One major difference between Testing and Hunger Games is that the romance here is real (whereas it's feigned in Hunger Games). Another major difference is that the youths in this book are not forced to kill each other as they are in Hunger Games. Both are significant enough (particularly the second point) that I don't think it's fair to call it a "rip off".

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sashaprins
Jul 02, 2016

Great book! SO excited to finish the series!

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dove123_
May 27, 2016

The concept of this book was interesting enough and the beginning looked liked the rest of the book was going to be good. But as the story progresses, it begins to feel too much like a Hunger Games/Divergent/Maze Runner copycat. Nothing really makes this book unique. The plot is also extremely slow and flat. Most of the book followed Cia and Tomas's journey through a abandoned Chicago (Divergent vibes) that the government forced the teens to go through (Hunger Games).

The only positive thing about "The Testing" is the main character. Cia's voice is refreshing and she doesn't copy any other YA dystopian heroines.
But Cia's ENTIRE problem could have been averted. Her father suspected the dangers of the testing and could have told Cia to do average in school (high grades determine who will be chosen for the testing). It was a major plot hole that was TOO hard to ignore.

If you want the elements that are in this book, I suggest read the aforementioned titles. They are well written and have sturdy plots.

It was a major letdown to a good idea.

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emmayoyo5
May 23, 2016

I HATED IT. I SHOULD HAVE NEVER READ THIS STUPID SICK BOOK!!! IT WAS DISGUSTING!!! I WANTED TO HURL!!!

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blue_dog_8329
Jan 30, 2016

A bit like the Hunger Games, but still a really good book!!

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blue_pig_1144
Jun 28, 2017

blue_pig_1144 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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yahyaum111
Nov 21, 2016

yahyaum111 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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emmayoyo5
Jul 20, 2016

emmayoyo5 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 17

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

arianna2011 Jul 04, 2015

arianna2011 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

KarenE61 Apr 06, 2015

KarenE61 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Taku
Oct 19, 2014

Taku thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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book_rogue
May 27, 2014

book_rogue thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mkastar
Mar 24, 2014

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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aschotsm
Mar 19, 2014

aschotsm thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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emluvstoskate
Jul 03, 2016

"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."

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“All leaders have to live with disappointment at some point or another. If I have to learn that lesson early, I won’t enjoy it, but I will do my best not to let you down.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“The best leaders make mistakes and then learn from them. The best leaders never make the same mistakes again. The only way you can learn is if you understand the mistakes that were made.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Leaders are forced to kill all the time. Then they have to learn to live with the decisions they make. Just like I'm going to learn to live with mine.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“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.”

violet_dolphin_229 Aug 02, 2015

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

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book_rogue
May 27, 2014

" You're smart, Cia. You're strong. There are people like me on your side who know you can make it. Please prove I'm right." -Michal

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book_rogue
May 27, 2014

"Be smart. Be safe. Trust your friends... If you can..."

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Chloe Legault
Jul 10, 2013

“CIA, TRUST NO ONE”

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xzhang17
Aug 22, 2015

Brilliant students throughout the country hoped to be chosen for The Testing: passing The Test is their one chance at education at university and becoming a government official. Almost immediately after Cia Vale is chosen to take The Test, her father tells her about his Testing experience. How everyone's memory was be wiped after Testing was completed. And how he still has gruesome nightmares of he believes occurred during The Testing. When Cia finally arrives in the Capital along 107 other Testing candidates and the fight for a spot at the university turns into a bloodbath, she begins to wonder what she has gotten herself into.

orange_turtle_200 Aug 21, 2014

Malencia Vale (Cia), is a very smart girl, always answering the questions right and proving the teachers wrong. But graduation is near and Cia wants nothing more than to be selected for the Testing. As graduation gets closer, Cia wonders if she is smart enough to be selected. But when she is chosen, someone very close who has been in the Testing turns her whole thoughts and depiction of the Testing. Will Cia go through with the Testing with the others, or will she try to rebel?

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blue_lion_504
Apr 28, 2014

All her life, Malencia Vale has desired to be selected as one of the few candidates to participate in the Testing. However, when her wish becomes a reality and vile secrets she never deemed possible are unleashed, Cia must struggle to rediscover herself and her true purpose in society. Is the death of so many really worth becoming a victor?

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Blue_Dog_136
Jan 04, 2014

All her life Cia has dreamed of being chosen for the testing, and once she discovers the truth, she knows there is no turning back.

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Chloe Legault
Jul 10, 2013

This book follows a teenage girl named Malencia (Cia) in a dystopian future. The book follows her journey as she discovers corruption, romance, and fear in a way we can only imagine.

LibraryK8 May 31, 2013

Cia has lived a quiet life in the small, but growing Five Lakes colony. After the Seven Stages War, most of the world’s population was decimated and the environment destroyed. Cia’s father, a rare university graduate was placed at Five Lakes to help turn the toxic soil fertile again. Getting ready for her high school graduation, Cia hopes to be selected for the Testing, a rigorous set of written and physical tests that only a chosen few take in the hopes of attending University. When her dreams come true, she and three other classmates are selected to travel to the capital city for Testing, Cia’s father confides in her that the Testing isn’t all that it seems. He believes there is a sinister purpose to the process, and with his last goodbye, reminds her to “trust no one.” Shaken up by her father’s confession, Cia shares her father’s suspicions with Tomas, another Testing candidate, hoping she has chosen the right ally to ensure her survival.

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emmayoyo5
Jul 20, 2016

Other: her age should have been more like 17 or 18

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emmayoyo5
Jul 20, 2016

Violence: lots of shooting, and graphic descrpitiveness.

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emmayoyo5
Jul 20, 2016

Coarse Language: 12 cuss words.

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white_sparrow_18
Sep 06, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Cia finds her roommate after she hangs herself, and there is a little bit of a graphic description. No worse than the Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.

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