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Graduation Day: The Testing, Book 3 | [Joelle Charbonneau]

Graduation Day: The Testing, Book 3

In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.
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Publisher's Summary

She wants to put an end to the Testing.

In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight.

But she can't do it alone.

This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust? The stakes are higher than ever - lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope - in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not - it' s Graduation Day. The Final Test is the Deadliest!

©2014 Joelle Charbonneau (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Winnie 07-02-14
    Winnie 07-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Ending helps an otherwise underwhelming end"
    What did you like best about Graduation Day? What did you like least?

    The ending was a bit like a magic trick. Once you step back, there are some plot holes created, but in the moment, it's perfect. It wraps up a lot of problems that I have both with this book and the previous installments. I like that it also did not tie everything up in a nice bow. It acknowledges that the situation is messy and there are still problems left. It left me wanting to know more and watch the aftereffects.

    Parts I liked least are definitely Cia and Tomas. They were interesting enough everyday views into the world at the start of the series and descending into increasingly horrendous levels of boring. The other characters around them are intriguing and do a good job with making up for our main characters' deficiencies. Cia's obsession with her boyfriend is tiresome especially since it is very much a show and not tell relationship. We know they are in love because they both obsess over it, but there is nothing that makes their relationship believeable or interesting. It is not the worst relationship in a recent dystopian series (that would be the borderline abusive one between Deuce and Fade in the razorland trilogy), it's still pretty annoying though. Cia is a bit better at the end after some of her character flaws are acknowledged, but Tomas is just a useless block in the series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Honestly, I would have killed Tomas in book 1. It would have given stronger motivation to Cia and there would not have been massive text blocks on how perfect Tomas is.

    Other than that, the historical sections, while important in developing the story, were not incorporated as well as they could have been. I also wish that the war wasn't referred to every time as "The Seven Stages of War". It's just a bit clunky.


    Did Elizabeth Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I couldn't tell any of the male characters apart. Her female voices were decent, but the male ones all sounded very similar, especially those in the same age bracket.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Eh, probably not. The historical sections would be difficult to film and so much is internal monologue. I'm not sure that it would do well with the transition.


    Any additional comments?

    The side characters are expanded on a good deal in this installment, to the series benefit. Rafe and Stasia especially are far more interesting in this book. I really loved how they were developed. They were great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, United States 06-29-15
    Tina POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It was just "OK""
    Would you try another book from Joelle Charbonneau and/or Elizabeth Morton?

    Yes, I like her writing as I find it easy to read, however, I found Graduation Day to be unnecessarily long and very, very repetitive (to the point where it is obviously unrealistic to the reader. Of course is is s made up story, but there are many, many plot holes here and they become more and more apparent as the book progresses).


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found it to be very anticlimactic. I found that the book wasted a lot of time getting to the action and then did not give enough time for a more deeper understanding of how each character was effected.


    Do you think Graduation Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 03-06-15
    Barbara 03-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read"

    I enjoyed this book. The author did a good job on the story line. The narrator was very pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene KENNEWICK, WA, United States 03-05-15
    Arlene KENNEWICK, WA, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting conclusion"

    I do believe the author has left a door wide enough at the ending for a sequel or a new series of books. There are still many unanswered questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jewel 07-04-14
    Jewel 07-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good ending to an interesting story"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be a good ending to the story. As a whole I liked this trilogy, I though the frame story was very interesting, I didn't care much for Cia (the main character), she seemed somewhat one dimensional, always correct, forever doing the right thing, never failing, all of which doesn't make for a very believable person.
    The writer however did give her a very good plot to follow which works to keep the reader interested all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Waukee, IA, United States 06-29-14
    Danielle Waukee, IA, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "convoluted ending almost ruined the whole series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the twists in double twist at the end we're just too much.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joelle Charbonneau? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Overall I really enjoyed the series, I was just a bit disappointed by the ending.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Morton’s performances?

    Only if she narrated a book that I would be willing to suffer through poor narration in order to read. Her slow overannunciation drove me crazy. It did help to speed the narration up to 1 1/4 speed.


    Was Graduation Day worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was unique, and I enjoyed the characters. Speeding up the narration made it bearable to listen to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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