The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Book Review #178)

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 20/05/18

My 34th book this year)

Cia is waiting to find out whether she is lucky enough to be selected for testing to enter university. The community requires intellect and skills to help improve what remains of the world and its resources. Going to university isn’t a choice. It is the best way to save and nurture the community in which each person is positioned. If you refuse to attend, there is severe punishment in wait.

All those who take the test are given a memory wipe for the entire testing period. No one knows what to expect. But Cia’s father has nightmares. He doesn’t know if they are horrible memories from the testing or if they are simply nightmares. But he tells Cia to trust no one.

The tests appear to be normal at first but punishment for wrong answers seem to quickly escalate to horrific ends. The final part of the test is the ultimate test of survival. Candidate’s must fight for their lives, fight what is out there and fight for their places at the university.


I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the Hunger Games series. With survival being the ultimate reward.

The extreme measures in which to test people in order to filter out candidates for higher learning. To sustain and nourish the earth and nature. To utilise each persons skills and to combine their ideas for a better future. The testing is definitely a book that challenges the candidates to the brink of what they can manage. Each of their lives are at stake.

I would recommend this book and am very much looking forward to the next book of the series. Well done to the author, Joelle Charbonneau.

Written by Ling Lee (20/05/18).

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