The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.
©2013 Joelle Charbonneau (P)2013 Recorded Books
It had moments similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent. Only cause they are put through trials and it's a twisted government.
Holy flippin’ crap! This book was downright craziness! I’m having the shakes right now thinking about everything that happened in this book, and I’m having severe separation anxiety because I want Independent Study (book 2) now! If I were put in “The Testing,” I don’t think I could control my temper one bit; I think I’d probably hemorrhage right then and there and start acting like a raving lunatic. In fact, while reading The Testing, in one moment I’d feel like I wanted to jump right through the pages and go on a frenzied rampage, and then in the next moment I’d feel the complete opposite and I wanted to curl up in a ball and have an internal freak out.
In the very beginning of the book I wasn’t fully invested in the story, and it took me a few tries to get drawn into the story, as I’d start and stop reading. Which is really weird because it wasn’t very far into the book before the story takes a turn that really sparked my interest and got my full attention. At that point, there is this one particular thing that happens that actually had me leaping from my seat in shock, and I was stuck.
I can’t really talk too much about the characters in The Testing because I have some really strong feelings about a lot of those characters. This is one of those books that had me changing my original feelings for some of the characters by the stuff that transpires by the end of the story. So, by talking about the characters, I’d be revealing major spoilers, and you know how much I hate to do that! In fact, my feelings for some of the characters were so strong that I’ve gotten into a few heated battles with some blogger friends, particularly Jaime from Two Chicks on Books.
This is a book I would totally recommend! And if you are struggling with the beginning, don’t let that hold you back because the story’s phenomenal!
This was a very engaging story and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. There were some similarities between this and the Hunger Games, but the story stands on its own. Some of the twists I didn't see coming and the characters were interesting. The narrator was good and didn't detract from the story.
I haven't listened to her before. She is one of the better narrators. My only complaint is that she pronounces the "o" in opossum. Most people just day "possum". It was a little jarring every time she did it.
A very engaging story. Well written and well read. It is reminiscent of the Hunger Games series and the Divergent series in theme and tone but stands very well on its own. The characters are well developed. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely purchase the next in the series.
Only half-way through listening to this book and I'm not sure I will finish. The narration is awful. The narrator is so slow and deliberate that it sounds like she's at "read to me" day at Kindergarten. Please tell me it gets better.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Cia. She is soooooo smart. A great heroine. Never gives up and inspires. The things she does for her friends is just wonderful. She's one you want on your team.
It had elements of Divergent, elements of Hunger Games. A good blend, which people may not like, but I loved it.
Oh man, what a messed up society. I can't wait to see what's next. What an ending!!!
I am glad I downloaded The Testing. Many people compare it to Hunger Games and I'd have to say it's a fair comparison. But it's not a copycat. The Testing has its own unique storyline, one that was intriguing and held my interest. Also, there was a slightly more plausible reasoning behind The Testing's madness. While the Hunger Games were a means of cruelty and punishment toward the districts (not to mention the sick entertainment value for capitol residence), The Testing's reasonings were more of a weeding out the weak in search of the best. It was still cruel and sick, but it was never a circus show like the Hunger Games.
The story was well written and nicely formulated. I knocked off one star for performance, because although Joelle Charbonneau's narration was okay, she read very slowly, enunciating every word as if a fifth grader was reading it. She must have improved as the story went on, because I didn't notice it by the second half of the book.
I look forward to reading or listening to the next of this series.
I would have cast someone with a more mature voice to narrate this story. Ms. Norton's voice is much more suited for children's stories than adult - or even young adult - stories. When she talked about Thomas being sexy it just sounds unbelievable with her childish voice. It was really hard for me to focus and enjoy the book.
Absolutely! It was a different take on the usual storyline and kept you entertained. As others have reviewed...it had to take of DIVERGENT and the elements of THE HUNGER GAMES.
Cia! An average girl becoming more than what she thought she could was enjoyable to listen you.
This was the first of her performances I've listened to and in all honesty...there was no way I could give it a full 5 stars because I had a hard time listening to all the male characters. They sounded like juvenile boys with speech impediments opposed to intelligent strong brave guys...could've done waaaaay better Elizabeth
Can't wait for the next book!
No. The female reader had an obnoxious male voice, and she made the story seem more juvenile.
The protagonist, Cia, had grit. But she was also vulnerable at times. I feel that she was able to hold on to who she was, despite the challenging circumstances. She was an interesting character to read about. I loved her family too.
No. I will steer clear of her in the future, choosing instead to read a book rather than listen to her.
Absolutely. Despite the bad reader, the story was thrilling. A great book for someone who enjoyed Hunger Games and Divergent.
Only a kids book, while the narration did not ruin the book for me (I got used to her as the book went along), I really do think her voice and intonations will be better suited for children books.
I like this type of post apocalyptic stories, the world has been destroyed and now it is completely different and unfamiliar with new surroundings to explore and new rules to follow, however people are people and the way they live and thrive in this new world is always exiting.
The testing is a pretty good story (better than I expected) there is a logical and interesting back story explaining the destruction, and the journey of the characters is engaging.
I feel all most the characters are a little flat and could have used some more volume to bring them to life, somehow actual testing as well as the need to come ahead does not fully explain the way they behave or the things they do.
But as a whole I enjoyed the book and I'm looking forwards to listening to the next book in the series.
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