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Grades 6 - 8Grades 4 - 6Z+5.694872

It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on June 4, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547959109
ISBN-13: 9780547959108
32 Book Reviews
  • Cocoabout 3 years
    This book looks awesome! Im totally going to read it!
    • skydragon
      skydragonover 6 years
      This book is awesome so far but I am still reading it. There are also two other books in this series.
      • topazvampire50
        topazvampire50over 6 years
        Like Divergent
        • talya
          talyaover 6 years55 stars
          It is the best book ever, and I think it is Thrilling and Exciting :) I recommend this book to anyone 11 years old & older.
          • tr
            trover 6 years55 stars
            I wish they had more series of it!
            • tr
              trover 6 years55 stars
              This is the best book ever! I think it would be perfect for any kid 11 and older to read!
              • 3emmastith
                3emmastithalmost 7 years55 stars
                The Testing is a fast paced intense book about young love and surviving.
                • bygflower
                  bygflowerover 7 years44 starsFeatured
                  This book... Isn't my favourite. It is like the hunger games, but with everything that made the hunger games so good taken out of it. (the gore, sadness, etc.) I read on one site that is was more optimistic, but it isn't! Cia, although resourceful, is too perfect for me... she doesn't have any flaws made clear to the audience. The characters don't have that much personality and description is sparse. It was alright, but could not be compared to the hunger games, Marie Lu's Legend, and all other books of this sort.
                  • kgbradshaw
                    kgbradshawover 1 year44 stars
                    I totally agree.
                  • bradyfan12
                    bradyfan12over 7 years
                    Bad horrible slow plot. This book is not good do not waste your time reading it.
                    • bigmelo
                      bigmeloover 7 years55 stars
                      One of my friends is reading this, & she says it's almost just like The Hunger Games Series, but with some certain amendments. She thinks that the series is really cool, so I should read it.