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.
- pawky – Having or showing a sly sense of humor; Shrewd.
- derringdo – daring action : daring
– Sue Monk Kidd –
‘The Secret Life of Bees’ endeared me to this writer
- 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’.