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The Testing (Testing)
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Mystery writer Charbonneau throws her hat into the YA dystopian ring with this series opener that bears more than a slight resemblance to The Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old newly graduated Cia Vale is selected to take part in The Testing, a process that offers the only chance at a college education and training to become part of the next generation of leaders. Cia has spent years preparing for thisÃ¢ÂÂitÃ¢ÂÂs her chance to help the United Commonwealth recover from the devastating Seven Stages War. CiaÃ¢ÂÂs father, who took part in The Testing himself, warns her to trust no one. Charbonneau is treading familiar ground as she sets her young heroine against a government machine that is focused, brutal, and duplicitous. Though the story moves quickly, readers might be confused as to the reasons behind the governmentÃ¢ÂÂs methods. Why the brutality against students. There is no indication that the citizens are oppressed, and theyÃ¢ÂÂre unaware of how gruesome The Testing is. The ending will ensure interest in the next instalment, but hopefully book two will deliver some answers. Grades 7-12. —Kara Dean —This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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