Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing #3)
Published HMH Books 2014
Format: Hardback from the library
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?
She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.
But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.
Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.
The Final Test is the Deadliest!
I am super happy that I finally finished this series. I really just like that feeling of being done with a huge set of books. Anyway, I was not a huge fan of the first two books, but this one was a little bit better.
The first part of the book is really annoying. Cia is given the task to kill some of the top adminstrators of the Testing, a total of twelve people. Of course, Cia freaks out, even though her orders are straight from the President. That happens in the first chapter and she spends half the book trying to decide if it is okay to kill people, changing the president’s orders based on what she thinks is right for the situation, and figuring out who she can trust. Essentially, it’s just her being annoying and using the same phrases for everything. I was going to scream if she referenced her father’s request not to trust anyone. She was obsessed with trust. It was all she would talk about. And then, every time she would kiss Tomas (who did absolutely no relationship evolving since book 1) she ‘put all her love’ into the kiss. It was horrific description. It just seemed like she was telling us that she loved Tomas, but I never really liked their relationship. It was just there.
The second half was where the action really caught in and it got really fun. Her and Raffe did a ton of craziness, ending in a really good conclusion. I liked what happened to Cia during the first phases of the Testing and what that meant for the rebellion. I’m not going to share too much because of spoilers, but everything unravled quite nicely. And Cia’s obsession with her bag was explained! Yay!
Overall, this book was still annoying, perfect Cia. The action in the book does recover it at the end, as well as the overall conclusion. I wouldn’t suggest this series because of the annoying main character. The plot is interesting, but you can’t get through it because of Cia and the writing style.