Graduation Day

The Testing, #3

Graduation Day is the third and final book in Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing series. It’s always bittersweet when a beloved series comes to an end, especially when you are not ready for such an ending.

The events of the third book follow the same path as the Hunger Games’ Mockingjay when the government and politics take center stage for the final chapter. In this case, they must find a way to end the Testing system. By deciding to commit murders to achieve their goals, they parallel the first story because that is how the children choose to handle completing the testing trials. Personally I wish that these children would have come up with a Plan B.

The first third of the story is driven by internal thought as our heroine debates how she should end the Testing. The second third is action. The final third is the end result including a final wrap-up of all the major characters. What kept me reading was the desire to find out the true nature of Will and Stacia. I also wanted to know if Cia and Tommas’ relationship was sustainable or just a byproduct of surviving the Testing. All of these questions will be answered in Graduation Day.

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series but Graduation Day wasn’t my favorite ending but the premise and world building are so interesting that I will continue to recommend these books to my friends who want to read a YA Dystopian series.

Book Blurb for Graduation Day

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!

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2016 3.50