Graduation Day – Joelle Charbonneau

Synopsis

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!

Review

If I weren’t so invested in the story already, this book would have gotten a MUCH lower rating. As it is, I’m left so… disappointed. Independent Study ended with the hope of making change without needless killing and rebellion as found in many other dystopian books. Well, Graduation Day took down that notion almost immediately.

There were simply TOO MANY THINGS going on in this book. Dealing with university classes (the whole Professor Lee thing was so interesting! I wish we got to see more of Cia’s school life), their own testing (that could be a book in itself), the President’s list (that got condensed into ONE NIGHT), and making change within the system.

As for Cia’s own “testing,” I found that so frustrating because she was willing to employ the same tactics as the Testing she had been put through. Wasn’t the whole point for her to find a new way to learn how to trust people? Also, with situations like the greenhouse or random safety patrollers, I got annoyed by how some lives were so easily discarded while others were deeply respected and mourned for. It sends a confusing message — is each life simply a number, or do they all matter?

The ending was annoying because that’s where I hoped the book would START — watching Cia become a leader and begin to make reform within the United Commonwealth. Instead, the book ended wide-open. The first two books were SO, SO good. This was a disappointing end to the trilogy.

Related Reading

  • The Testing and Independent Study – Joelle Charbonneau
  • Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (yeah, it’s at that level)
  • Insurgent – Veronica Roth
  • A cookie-cutter dystopian novel

Rating: 4/5

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