Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
For Wondrous Words Wednesday, I had many words saved over the past few weeks, but for today, here are two of them while I go on a word-hunt on my machine for the others:
- pawky – Having or showing a sly sense of humor; Shrewd.
- derringdo – daring action : daring
- Shirley Jackson
– The Lottery – this short story made me fall in love with Jackson’s writing. I have been planning to read more – starting with ‘The Haunting of Hill House’.
- Madhur Jaffrey – Love her cookbooks!
- Shirley Jackson
– Sue Monk Kidd –
‘The Secret Life of Bees’ endeared me to this writer
- Jhumpa Lahiri – I loved her short story collections, enjoyed her novel, and look forward to reading more from her.
- Harper Lee – She has only one published novel to her name but that is among my favorites – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will remain among my top favorites forever.
- Sudha Murthy – Sudha Murthy’s simple, easy to understand story telling is strongly visible in her writing but the simple writing does not take away anything from the beauty and the message of the stories she says. My reviews of some of the books I have read are here.
- Margaret Mitchell –
Again, ‘Gone With the Wind’ is one of my favorite books and I
recall sitting down in front of the TV with the book when I watched the movie for the first time. Rhett Butler (in the book and on screen) is among my all-time favorite heroes.
- Stephanie Meyer – ‘The Twilight Series’ first introduced me to the world of YA reading and also introduced many people to reading itself, and for that, I thank her!
– Anita Nair – I first read her collection novel ‘Ladies Coupe’ and found myself engrossed in it – it brought back memories of travelling by train and the stories of each of the ladies resonated with me as I identified in them people I have actually heard or read about, and in some cases, know too. I then read ‘Lilac House’ more recently and my review of that book is here. Read an interview with her here.
- And for this week’s letter, O, I find myself not knowing anyone already, but I did discover – Joyce Carol Oates – and there are so many accomplishments she had in the literary world – I am going to pick up one of her books and read it soon – planning to start with ‘them’.
10 thoughts on “World of Words Wednesday – Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau and Wednesday Memes”
I didn't love The Hunger Games and wonder if I'd enjoy that book more.
I love pawky and won't to own that word!
I missed out on the ARC on this one but I put it on my wish list. I'm glad to hear you liked it.
smiles…look for word and deeds that match up…one or the other will give away the true intentions of the heart…smiles.
Look closely – deeds are more convincing than words!
Well-drawn contrasts in one of Shakespeare's favorite themes. Thank you for participating in our Garden prompt.
JC Oates is an interesting woman with an intriguing personal, as well as professional, narrative.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
I haven't heard of The Testing before, but it is very appealing both from the cover and the synopsis.
the sweetest things turned sour by their deeds that says it all
Sounds like a very interesting read.
I may be always late in commenting, but I am trying to catch up.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team.
I love pawky but how to pronounce it? Is it porky? parky? powky?