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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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Ho hum ending

Never really came together for the final punch I was hoping for. A bit of a cop out. Didn’t feel emotionally connected to the character’s who died. Per usual, another dystopian series that fizzled out towards the end.

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series started to drag..

it felt like By the 3rd book the main character just kept going in circles. I got to the point where I was just ready for it to wrap up and be over.

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Ending could have been better

Would have liked to have known what happened to Cia and Tomas in the end

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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.

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The story was good

The story was typical of dystopian novels, but well written. Narration was not so great however. The main character starts out at 16, yet the narrator reads as if she's 12. I only continued because my daughter insisted, but overall, not bad for young adult.

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It was ok

It was an ok series I listened to all three books which is rare for me to finish a series. It had an interesting story and plot, but felt really similar to a mix of Hunger Games and Divergent which was fine but the thing that really bothered me was Cia had literally zero character development! Any time she came across a problem oh she automatically knew how to solve it because something her brothers or her dad taught her when she was younger so she never had any issues. I really only enjoyed two characters through out the series and that was Enzo and Michel the others were kinda annoying. And by the end I was confused on who actually wanted to end the testing and who was good and who was bad it was just a mess and the author just trying to get more story out without really knowing where it was going.

But there were parts I did like I liked the different stages of testing found that original and fun to listen to, but that’s about it.

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weak ending for the trilogy

Didn't want to finish this book, but did so for my daughter. Met the Author, and really wanted to like this, but the book seems like a knockoff of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner.

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I would love another book about Cia

My daughter and I love this story line and the surprise ending. We wish there was another book in this series.

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Great series ruined by rushed ending

I really enjoyed this series and actually gave the first 2 books 5 stars. However, the ending seems very rushed and poorly planned. I think the requisite number of pseudo-important characters are killed off and then all smiles, the end. It’s a shame...great premise, poor execution.

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Got better and better

I loved this book! I finished listening to it too fast. I wanted more at the end. The new characters were a great highlight to the book. kept you wondering at some parts and I loved that. It kept it clean.

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