The Testing Galley Review
Published June 4, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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.
Here’s My Take….
I have heard a lot on other blogs that people are saying this is another Hunger Games. While there are some similiarities to HG, the story line itself has a different twist. I have not been more excited or left reeling about a book in awhile and this one did that for me!
The book starts out with Cia’s graduation day. This is the day that they announce which individual’s, if any, will be chosen for The Testing. Cia would love to be chosen and follow in her father’s footsteps. Her mother is not really thrilled with the idea and I got the feeling that she was secretly hoping that Cia would not get chosen. Cia has done EVERYTHING in her power to assure that she gets picked. She has always gotten good scores in school and worked really hard. To her, this is her only shot at doing something meaningful with her life.
Now, this is not really a teaser because obviously, we would not have a book otherwise, but…yes, she does get chosen:) This is where the book really takes off! Her father warns her not to trust anyone but cannot give her much more in advice since he has a hard time remembering his time in the testing. Cia listens attentively and soaks up any knowledge he could give her.
The Testing itself is what most will remind readers of HG. And while it did remind me of that too, I just could not help continuing on! It was not exactly the same and I insisted that my curiosity was much bigger than really trying to compare the two.
The characters were a great mix. I enjoyed all of them from Cia, to Tomas and right on down to Cia’s parents. I thought they were written well and they held little surprises around every corner.
The ending was so frustrating! Don’t get me wrong, it was written amazingly, but for the reader, it was aggravatingly suspenseful! You will keep your fingers crossed for these characters up until the very end! Then you will yell out loud because you are sooo PO’d!
The ending was left on a bit of a cliffhanger and I look forward to what happens in the next book, Independent Study due out January 2014! UGH, That is just too long to wait!
Book 3 Of the 19th Year
By Emi Gayle
Release Date: January 6, 2014 by J. Taylor Publishing
Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.
It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.
There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.
After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.
Nor does she want to.
With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.
Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.
Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.
In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.
Responsibility? Or Love?
It’s pretty right?