{Review} Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

centralpickswithpunkfarie{Review} Graduation Day by  Joelle CharbonneauGraduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
Series: The Testing Series #3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children on June 17, 2014
Genre(s): Dystopian (YA)
Pages: 304


Our Rating

2.5 Stars

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!



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

punk-saysThis book is the 3rd and final book in the Testing series. This review will contain spoilers for the other books.

Okay, this book made no damn sense. I wasn’t overly fond of the first two books but I stuck with them to get to the ending. This one though…ugh.

Cia is apparently the best human on Earth that knows everything and can accomplish anything (except who to trust! Omg!). She has a bag that she carries everywhere that can apparently hold extra clothes, food, and weapons with no problems. She is given a task that is utterly ridiculous. 

I’m getting ahead of myself (slightly). Let’s start from the beginning. The book starts off almost immediately where the last one left off. Cia’s brother Zeen is with the rebels, however the rebels are not what they seem. They are working with the people they were supposed to be against.

At least some of the rebels. Some of the rebels are working for the right people. It’s all very confusing. Cia is ready to take a stand and to do this, she goes to the President, who seems to favor her. She wants to help the President put an end to the Testing; put an end to the deaths and the missing students.

However the President gives her the most baffling assignment EVER. She gives Cia a list of twelve names, twelve people that she wants assassinated so she can end the Testing. Cia, a seventeen year old, first year University student is expected to assassinate twelve adults. 

Because “she’s the only person the President can trust.” How nuts is that?! She wants a seventeen year old girl to kill grown adults! By herself! She’s REALLY the ONLY person the President can trust with this task? I find that extremely hard to believe. Even if it ends up being just a test, it’s still completely ridiculous.

Anyway, Cia pulls her band of misfits together and uses tests (much like the tests that Cia is fighting to end) to find out who can be trusted. Her relationship with Tomas still has no chemistry; she actually has better chemistry with Raffe. A lot of things happen with no explanation.

I wasn’t entirely pleased with the ending, as it leaves the possibility of more books. Overall, I was kind of disappointed. The plot moves slowly and it’s mostly just Cia overthinking every decision, and then changing her mind. If you’ve read the other two book, then by all means, finish the series but I wasn’t impressed as a whole.

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About Joelle Charbonneau

I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books), The Paige Marshall Glee Club mysteries (Berkley) and The Testing YA trilogy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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