The Testing (#1)
DO YOU POSSESS A WINNING COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL SKLLS AND RAW INTELLIGENCE? DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD OTHERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN YOUR WAY? Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional. Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates' psychological or physical heath during The Testing.
A gripping futuristic thriller, perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES
'This book completely drew me in, took my breath away and left me breathless.' K Books 'there's plenty of threats to keep the pages turning' Kirkus "Making the jump from adult mysteries to YA, Charbonneau (the Rebecca Robbins series) launches a dystopian trilogy reminiscent of the Hunger Games. Cia Vale is one of four teens chosen to represent her small colony at the annual Testing, an intensive mental and physical examination aimed at identifying the best and brightest, who will go on to the University and help rebuild their shattered world. Forewarned not to trust anyone, Cia nonetheless forms a tentative partnership with resourceful Tomas, with whom she shares an unexpected emotional connection. As the Testing pushes its candidates to the breaking point and beyond, the body count rises, forcing Cia and her friends to fight for survival. The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers' imaginations. However, it's the last-minute revelations, a cliffhanger laden with potential, and the intriguing status quo of Cia's world that will bring readers back for the next installment. Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative. There are no grades in this dystopian future-only survival." Starred Publishers Weekly
Ever since she can remember, Joelle has loved telling stories. As she grew up, she started performing those stories on the stage. After graduating from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal performance she continued onto DePaul University for her Masters Degree in Opera Performance, and from there went on to perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of operas and musicals. She never dreamed of writing a novel, but one day she had an idea and started to write.