The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is the first book in a dystopian trilogy where students are selected to be tested in order to enter the society's University. Combining elements of The Giver, The Hunger Games, and Legend this story follows Cia, a girl from the Five Lakes Colony. No one in her colony has been selected for the Testing in the previous 10 years; but Cia and three of her classmates get selected shortly following graduation. Throughout the four phases of the Testing, Cia and her friends are tested academically, physically, and especially psychologically. Cia learns quickly that the Testing is not all it seems to be, and failure in any form is dangerous, if not deadly.
Cia shares many similarities with characters like Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Tris Prior from Divergent. This is a fast-paced read, filled with action. A great choice for anyone who loves dystopian novels!