Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

With a cover like that, can you guess that this book is a read-alike to The Hunger Games? And it doesn't disappoint. Give this to fans of Collins' trilogy and they won't be disappointed.

Cia has grown up wanting to be selected to attend The Testing at the capital city of what once was the United States. Only the smartest and the best are chosen to be tested, all in the chance of winning a spot at the University. Of course, this is a dystopia, so the government isn't awesome and people cannot be trusted. There are rebels, mutant killer animals, strange hairy humans, and contaminated water. But there are also loyal families, a cute boy from home, and some kind strangers. This is very much like The Hunger Games, but I was impressed that it's just a likable book, too. I enjoyed the read.  Book Two The Testing:Independent Study comes out in Jan. 2014.

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