Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
I’ve had my share of hated books, believe me. But let me just say that this book didn’t suck. It’s ending did. Let me give you a visual.
NOOOOOOOOOOOO. This book is a prime example of the exact time of ending I hate. Where the author builds up the story and everything and great and happy and it teaches a lesson and everything and then everything explodes. Literally. The author completely screws up the ending. If you read this book, you’ll understand. It was like Joelle Charbonneau forget her ending so she started killing everyone off. And for a while, that brutality was good. It showed the true nature of the Testing and everything that’s wrong in Cia’s world. But then… Argh.
Don’t get me wrong, Joelle Charbonneau doesn’t seem like a bad storyteller. I like some of her other books. In fact, it was probably because I loved a lot of her characters in this story that I got upset when she started killing all of them.
In a way, I can see how this book’s ending could appeal to others because they know that the series goes on. But I really disliked the way Charbonneau was content leaving the situation a mess. The brutality of this story wasn’t even what made me angry, what really did it was what happened in the last few pages.
She built up the entire story and then let it fall to pieces.
I was disappointed, and I hope Joelle Charbonneau fixes things in the next book. I’m skeptical to read it, but I’m confident she can pull a better ending than her first book in this series.
pg count for the hardback: 336
Series: The Testing