Regular price: $20.72

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    205
  • 4 Stars
    136
  • 3 Stars
    66
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    181
  • 4 Stars
    121
  • 3 Stars
    50
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    176
  • 4 Stars
    131
  • 3 Stars
    58
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Ugh

The conclusion is cliche and boring and the narrator makes me cringe with every awkward pause, strange, unwarranted infliction or random breath. I'm glad it's over.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

So many unanswered questions.

Im kind of disappointed with the ending. I think it had so much potential to be something different or pull at the heartstrings. It just didn't do it for me.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Wonderful book and very entertaining.

wonderful book and great series. Performance was very entertaining. I highly recommend all 3 books on audible.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Loved all 3

I lived all 3 of these books. it was hard to turn them off to go to sleep. I stayed throughly involved in the storyline and characters.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Satisfying End to the Trilogy

I thought this was a satisfying ending to a good series. Book 3 shows more of Cia's internal struggles, which added another level of interest, though it occasionally felt repetitive.

There's still plenty of action, but my only real (and minor) complaint is that it is very confusing, right up to the end, in regards to who is on what side. I know that's intentional and serves the plot, but the only thing I struggled with a bit was that I didn't know who I was routing for, besides Cia. People I thought were good weren't. People I thought were bad weren't. I usually like that, but there were just so many people who weren't sorted to one side or the other, and kept flipping back and forth, that by the last quarter of the book, instead of being intriguing, I kind of felt overwhelmed and exhausted.

I just wanted to have a few people I knew I could hold onto and believe in. So I guess you could say there was too much mystery or too many twists for me. I don't think I've ever complained about that before, so that's a new one. Overall, I still really enjoyed this whole series, and if you like this genre, you should definitely read it or listen to the audiobook.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

good book

some what similar to hunger games, but with enough unique difference to make it original.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good finish to a great series.

I believe the author wrapped up the story nicely. this book was very entertaining and kept me wondering what would happen next till the end. great series.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Tina
  • POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, United States
  • 06-29-15

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