Book Review: The Testing (The Testing Book 1)

Title: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Recorded Books
Format: Audio book
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes
Narrator: Elizabeth Morton
Genre: YA Dystopian

Synopsis: 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 Commonwealth 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.

 (36) Review: With similarities to The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series this seems like the next new dystopian trilogy to watch and read, according to many reviews and websites.

I thought the book started a out a little slow but picked up as they start the testing. The testing is filled with sick mind games, that leave candidates dead, maimed and mentally drained.  There were times that I found the narrator to be a bit bland, she didn't seem to have a lot of emotion behind her words which was a bit of a disappointment and sometimes a distraction but it didn't takeaway from the enjoyment of the story.

I haven't read the The Maze Runner by James Dashner series but I did see the movie and I think that this book may have had more in common with that series as it seems that the United Commonwealth kept giving the candidates tests that few but Cia seemed to understand were not reality but actually continue to be part of the testing and while the Hunger Games were actual games and the issues in Divergent were really about different factions trying to overthrow each other, all three really focused on a government that manipulates people to promote their own agenda while hiding secrets that could help the people.

I'm interesting is seeing how this series develops.