Friday, 27 June 2014

Review: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: Graduation Day
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
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Genre: Dystopia
Series: The Testing #3
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Publication Date: 1st June 2014

Tell Me About It
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!
My Thoughts
The countdown for this book began the second I finished reading Independent Study. As soon as I could make a start on Graduation Day I did, and after a few hiccups, I managed to finish the book. I am going to try to make this a spoiler free review, I don't want to accidentally let slip what happens, so it's going to be more about my thoughts and feelings, rather than talking about what exact bits I liked.

Graduation Day was another nervous read where I never knew what was going on. The tension is so high, and the risk of being caught only adds to this. How I still have all my nails intact after reading Graduation Day is beyond me. I enjoyed getting to see different sides to characters that I thought I knew, and how they can change my opinion of them. What they do for survival is ingenious but also for self preservation.

Cia really comes into her own into this book. We get to see her in action, making choices that define others futures and what will happen to them, becoming something she didn't want to be, but knowing there is no other choice. She has to find the strength to make choices that may go against the presidents wishes, she has to be stronger, braver, and more determined to survive than the opposition.

While I enjoyed Graduation Day, I don't think it was my favourite. I love the mystery, and the secrets, but I think there was too much political issues for me, I prefer more action and fighting. The ending also wasn't what I expected, while I thought it was the right one for the plot in its entirety, I would have like a more solid, definite ending, rather than the fade to black type of ending.

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