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Wm. E. Durr Branch YA CHARB J (Text) 33126018780514 YA Fiction Checked out 12/14/2020

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  • ISBN: 0547959109
  • ISBN: 9780547959108
  • Physical Description: 344 p. ; 22 cm.
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  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2013.

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Summary, etc.: Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.
Subject: College stories
Universities and colleges Fiction
Schools Fiction
Graduation (School) Fiction
Missing persons Fiction
Examinations Fiction

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2013 June

    Gr 7 Up—Like almost every 16-year-old in the United Commonwealth, Cia Vale hopes to be called for the Testing, her ticket out of rural Five Lakes Colony and into the University in Tosu City. Cia's father was selected, but only vaguely remembers the experience in nightmares. Her four older brothers were passed over. Just when she has resigned herself to life as a mechanic or farmer, she gets word that she is one of four students selected from Five Lakes and is expected to board the skimmer to Tosu City the next day, most likely never to return. The bulk of the book is taken up with the Testing-devious exercises to identify those with superior leadership skills as society has suffered through Seven Stages of War and desperately needs to repair the damage to living creatures and the environment. The mental and physical trials will weed out 80 percent of the candidates, leaving several maimed or dead. Cia teams up with Tomas for both practical and romantic reasons. She is independent and smart for the most part, and Tomas seems almost too good to be true. There are double-crosses, mutant life-forms, and booby traps to navigate before 20 hearty souls receive word that they have passed. Cia's story is expected to span a trilogy. The influence of The Hunger Games is obvious, and The Testing will satisfy readers who want similar dystopian adventures.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

    [Page 116]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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