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Graduation Day (The Testing) Paperback – International Edition, June 1, 2014

4.2 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Testing Trilogy Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178370022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783700226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau is the third and final book in The Testing trilogy. It continues the story of Cia Vale, survivor of the brutal University entrance exam known as TheTesting, University student and rebel as she attempts to end The Testing. i have enjoyed both previous books and enjoyed reading the ending of the story.

What I liked

The protagonist. I really liked Cia as a YA protagonist. She has her head on her shoulders and gives great consideration to the consequences of her actions. She’s very much of the watch and wait mould. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t take action, but she doesn’t act without thinking. These character traits are what lead to her central position in the drama. The story would have played very differently with a Katniss Everdeen or a Tris Prior as the protagonist.

The themes. The theme of Testing is continued throughout the series. This is continued in Graduation Day when Cia must test the loyalty of those she wishes to have as allies, and she herself continues to be tested in more ways that one as she seeks to end the horrific University entrance exam. Trust is also a major theme in Graduation Day as Cia must decide whom to place her trust.

The pacing. The pacing kept moving along briskly and kept me turning the pages.

What I didn’t like

Mockingjay. Two leaders, one rebel, one elected, both telling two different stories. Teen heroine must work out which of them is telling the truth and the future of her society rests on her decision. Sound familiar? In my review of The Testing I commented that it had similar themes and plot points to The Hunger Games, and I’m seeing the same in the final book of the series.
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The Testing Trilogy's third book brings some closure to Cia's adventures. The novel picks up right where book two left off and finds Cia trying to make heads or tails of who is friend and who is foe. When she's tasked by the President with a major project that will help end the Testing forever, she must decide who she can trust and whether or not she's willing to go through with it at all.

Graduation Day moves a little slower than the other two books, focusing in on just a few days worth of happenings. It's a touch repetitive as we read Cia going over her motives and trying to decide who to trust and what to do. Overall, though, it's a good end to this trilogy. Although, the author does leave it a bit open at the end ... maybe there will be more Testing books?
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I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. It didn't bother me that some people said this series was just a remake of The Hunger Games. (I've been known to describe it as Hunger Games in an academic setting.) It's a good story no matter the similarities.

I was really looking forward to the last book in the trilogy. However, now that I've finished the book I'm sort of on the fence about it. On the one hand I did enjoy the book, but on the other hand it really didn't live up to the first two books in the series. It took me longer to read this time around. The story just didn't have the edge of your seat pacing as the first two books. Most of the action takes place in Cia's head, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just makes the book more reflective than action paced.

The ending bothered me as well. Parts of the ending really weren't a surprise (no I'm not going to give a spoiler), but mostly I felt as though the author still had more to say. This confused me because I thought this was a trilogy. I hate when this happens. I read a book and even though I enjoyed the story, I end up feeling disappointed because somehow there should have just been more to it.
I'm not sorry I read the book. And I will continue to recommend the trilogy to readers who like dystopian novels, but I still have that nagging feeling that something is missing.
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Why I picked it up: Say it with me, readers: I had to know how the story ends.

Why I finished it: This series had me so totally engrossed from page one and the conclusion was no exception. Cia was warned when she left her home not to trust anyone, but she didn't heed her father's advice and chose to trust her friend Tomas during the last phase of The Testing. Now she must again go against her father's words and choose a team of her classmates that can help her complete the deadliest test Cia has faced so far. Cia now has to determine where her friend's loyalties lie and whether they will follow her or their own agendas. Charbonneau's ability to create an engaging world and likable characters has drawn the reader fully into the story, making us believe in the danger Cia is facing. She keeps up a rapid plot pacing that keeps the pages turning and the reader on the edges of their seat. And there's a number of threads that need to be tied up before Cia's tale can come to a close to boot, which I am happy to say get resolved in a much more satisfying manner than its sister series (as much as I loved Mockingjay, Collins rushed the ending without touching on some things that were left untouched). The reader finds themselves emotionally involved in the story, desiring to see Cia and her friends succeed, to make it out of their ordeals alive and whole. But as with any conflict, there are no winners, only survivors. The ending was well-written, even if it was a little ambiguous and open-ended, but it leaves room for us to wonder, to hope. And everyone could use a spark of hope.
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