Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Graduation Day (The Testing, Book 3)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Page Count: 304 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 9-12
Summary: After Cia Vale discovered that the rebellion is totally fabricated and engineered by the head of the Testing, she turns the information over to the President, along with the information that the people closest to the President are placed there by the Dr. So the President turns over the rebellion to Cia and gives her a list of bad guys to be removed (through killing) in order to ensure the safety of future generations.
Why I started this book: I enjoyed books one and two in the trilogy and looked forward to the conclusion. Spoilers ahead so avoid if you don’t want to know things.
- I like that Cia uses her own tests to winnow out people who aren’t really on her side. I also like that it backfires. It proves to her that the Testing isn’t something that can be continued under any circumstances.
- The storytelling is pretty riveting. You do want to know the answer – what happens, does Cia pull off the true rebellion, does the President lose the vote, does Cia kill?
- I like that Cia questions killing these people on the list and listens to a friend to cull the list. I like that she’s smart enough to realize the President never once says she’s going to eliminate the Testing but wants the Dr. removed from being in charge.
- It’s unbelievable that the President would trust a kid to be the leader of a second rebellion. If I was Cia I’d look at the president and just laugh at her.
- It’s more unbelievable that the “bad guy” in charge of the Testing is also trying to stop the Testing process and made a wager with the President. It’s as if he said, “If a non-sociopath genius can make tough decisions like killing people the Testing will stop. Oh and to prove my point let’s have her kill me.” Erm. What? How does he plan to enforce the wager if he dies?
- The romance had to take a backseat – I understand, but I’m not happy about it.
Last Minute Thoughts: At least Cia has the good sense to stick around the after math to ensure the Testing does stop and that change is made. She’s taking her hard won leadership role and using it.
Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests