Monday, June 23, 2014

39. The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing #1
audio read by Elizabeth Morton (she did great with Cia's part, but didn't like the way she read the male parts, especially Tomas)
10 unabridged discs/ 11.25 hrs.
2013 Houghton Mifflin/Recorded Books
336  pgs.
YA Dystopian Fiction
Finished 6/23/14 riding between Maine and PA
Goodreads Rating:  3.95
My Rating:  3/Liked it

My comments:  Yes, I liked this book, even though it was a thinly disguised Hunger Games. Will be interesting to see where the second book in the series goes....

Goodreads Summary:  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 
     The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 
     Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one. 
     But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

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