- 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 (The Testing) Paperback – International Edition, June 1, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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?
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book and would, and have recommended the series to others. The book was well-thought out. A fun read c:Published 2 days ago by amber
My 12 year old son loved this whole series. He says it was exciting and looked forward to reading it each night.Published 3 days ago by Mom in VT
Great ending to the trilogy and yet it just didn't seem finished. A different twist and had some twists. However, somethings were not answered though most were finally. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Teya Peck
Book 3 in this trilogy, GREAT. Couldn't put it down. Wish she'd add another book in the series. Cia is such a loveable understandable character. Wonderfully writtenPublished 13 days ago by Kellbeezy
Series was ok, but left you wanting more. Characters could have been developed more. Just a so so read that I barely finished.Published 26 days ago by M. Fischer
It was a great read but could have been better. Alot happened in this book and could have happened sooner. I felt the end came to easily and soon. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
The ending of the Testing series was fantastic, managing to resolve the plot but still leave some things to the imagination. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin Stack
It might look like a mess at the beginning, but there are things happening at the very end. Have not finished that while writing this, but I am so curious to find out how it ends.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer