This week's pick...
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Never was a passing grade so important.
Welcome to the United Commonwealth – a group of 18 colonies in North America that survived the brutal effects of biochemical war and natural disasters. Every year the Commonwealth selects the best and the brightest graduates from each colony to be candidates for attendance at the University where they will use their talents to help restore the earth and help the Commonwealth thrive.
As the youngest graduate in the smallest colony, mechanically inclined Cia desperately wishes to be chosen for The Testing, but she knows her chances are slim. And yet – four are chosen and Cia is one of them. But her elation is short lived for her father believes the testing isn’t as it appears. Students who don’t pass are never heard from again and those that do move on can no longer remember what happened during those fateful days. Now Cia must decide who to trust and hope that her wits are enough not only to get a passing grade, but to keep both her and her friends alive.
Colour me intrigued! The Testing sounds like an honour on the surface, something any academic student would strive toward achieving.... but dig a little deeper and the sinister secrest come to light! I WANT TO KNOW MORE. What exactly happens to the students who don't pass? Will Cia make it through? I'm very interested in learning more about the world-building too.
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