The Testing (Testing #1) - YA Review by Katie J

Reader: Katie J.
Age: 13
Title: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: 02/28/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was almost a direct copy of the Hunger Games, just with some added details.  There'a the Graduation, where they find out that they are going to Test, which is almost the same thing as the Reaping in the Games.  Then there is the first 3 or so Tests, which is like the training part for the Games.  Finally, there is the Final Test, which, you guessed it, is exactly like the Games.  I had heard horrible things about this book, and of course I wanted to read it!  I was not disappointed.  If you want to read an exact copy of the Hunger Games, pick this book up.
Memorable or Forgettable:  It was forgettable for me because of the way that it was almost a carbon copy of the Hunger Games.
Cover: Of all the elements of this book, the cover was probably the best.  It went well with the story line and reflected the contents pretty well.
Age Range: 12 through 13
Quality: 1Q How did it get published?
Popularity: 1P Yech! Forced to read it
Additional Comments:  If you want to re-read the Hunger Games with different names for the characters and the events, go ahead and read this book.
Annotation:  16 year old Cia Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she finds out her friends who do not pass the Testing are disappearing.

tags:  science fiction / dystopian romance / The Testing / ya lit

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