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Graduation Day (The Testing) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 280 user ratings
ISBN:1501262521
LANGUAGE:English

"The final part of "The Testing" series is leaving me with mixed feelings.
Again I enjoyed the book itself and the world in it. It started kind of slow again but the tension was rising with each page. The end was absolutely exciting and got me guessing and guessing who was trustworthy in the end. And this is where my criticism starts, I didn't have the feeling there was a real good and a real bad one. On top of that I still had too many unanswered questions. Still I am glad that the book didn't end all cheesy.

All in all I did enjoy this trilogy a lot. It had a great world-building and a kick-ass heroine.
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"Das Buch lässt mich relativ enttäuscht zurück.
Zugegeben. Die ersten beiden Bücher waren mir nicht mehr ganz so präsent als ich mit dem dritten Teil angefangen habe. Ich habe mindestens die Hälfte des Buches gebraucht, um in die Geschichte zu finden. Nicht etwa, weil ich alles vergessen hatte, es sprang einfach kein Funke über. Nach den beiden ersten Büchern, die ich total super fand, leider sehr enttäuschend.
Natürlich kommt es zu einer Rebellion. Natürlich gibt es dann irgendwann die Kapitel, die man gebannt durchliest, um dann am Ende sehr nüchtern dazusitzen und sich zu fragen, was man da gerade eigentlich gelesen hat. Das Ende ist relativ sehr abgehackt und die Auflösung der ganzen Rätsel auch so komisch zusammengeschustert, dass es unglaubwürdig wirkt. Der Titel verrät einem eigentlich schon das Ende.

Nach den ersten beiden Teilen bin ich sehr enttäuscht von dem letzten. Deswegen nur zwei Sterne.
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"De schrijfstijl

Op zich is de schrijfstijl nog steeds erg prettig en zou het daardoor lekker moeten lezen, maar omdat ik spanning miste ben ik een beetje gaan snellezen om het boek maar uit te hebben.

Het verhaal

Dit deel doet minder aan andere dystopians denken, maar eerlijk gezegd vind ik het niet beter dan de andere delen. Ik vond het verhaal ongeloofwaardig en pas de laatste honderd bladzijden begon het me een beetje te interesseren hoe alles verder zou lopen. Hierdoor had ik er moeite mee om door het boek heen te komen en het op te blijven pakken, en op het laatst heb ik maar wat sneller gelezen om het boek maar uit te hebben, geen goed teken dus. Ook van het einde was ik niet erg onder de indruk, ik vind dat er nog teveel vragen over blijven en ik vond het ook niet erg geloofwaardig.

De karakters

Ik heb nog steeds hetzelfde probleem met de karakters, na meerdere boeken ken ik ze nog steeds niet beter. Het boeit me niet echt wat er met ze gebeurt en ik kan me maar lastig inleven in de keuzes die Cia maakt. En omdat ik ze niet snap vind ik het verhaal onrealistisch overkomen. Het is een YA boek, maar in dit geval zorgt dit niet voor binding omdat Cia van mijn leeftijd is.

Waar ik ook een probleem mee heb is de relatie tussen Cia en Tomas, I’m not buying it. Ik voel niets tussen die twee en ik snap nog steeds niet wat er nou zo geweldig aan Tomas zou moeten zijn.

Er was maar een karakter waar ik wel geïnteresseerd in was, maar ook hij heeft maar een kleine rol, maar in ieder geval had ik wel zoiets van hé ik voel iets van nieuwsgierigheid. Het karakter waar ik het over heb is Will, zijn karakter vond ik boeiend en ik vond zijn karakterontwikkeling wel goed.

Conclusie

Deze trilogie ging van mij van best goed naar behoorlijk teleurstellend. Waar ik deel 1 leuk vond om te lezen en mijn grootste probleem was dat het een beetje gejat was, was in deel 2 de spanning minder en in deel 3 was zelfs de spanning weg en kwam het verhaal ongeloofwaardig over. Ook heb ik het gevoel dat ik de personages helemaal niet goed heb leren kennen en vond ik het dus moeilijk meeleven. Ik kan dit laatste deel niet meer dan twee sterren geven, erg jammer. Geen dystopian serie die ik aan zou raden.
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"Graduation day Review on K-Books

Holy Crap! Now THAT is what you call a finale!
There are no words to explain how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I absolutely loved the first two installments in this action-packed, phenomenal YA dystopia series. With themes of The Hunger Games and Divergent I couldn't help but just adore this series. I have been dying to get my hands on the finale and to see how it was all going to end. Joelle is definitely does not fit into the 'great series, not to great finale's' category. Graduation Day was utterly amazing.

Cia has fought so much and came so far but the deadliest test is still to come. Faced with an impossible task Cia knows that she needs help... but who can she trust? While everyone is keeping secrets from each other Cia knows trusting the wrong person can mean not only the failure of her mission but death but she has no other choice. She needs allies to complete her mission... and that's if she can even complete it.

Cia is one of the strongest most amazing heroine's I have ever come across in YA novels. She is so smart and really thinks everything through before making a decision. It's so refreshing to have a heroine who is crazy smart and trusts her intellect. I loved that.

Tomas... oh Tomas. I just love him. He is such an amazing character and even though there are moments where you don't know his intentions he always comes true in the end. His loyalty to Cia is awesome.

Graduation Day is an explosive and incredible finale to the series that had me turning the pages as fast as I possibly could. I couldn't put it down and was constantly sat on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen. I loved every single second of this book and it completely blew me away. I really wasn't sure how much it was going to live up to how much I loved the first two installments but it totally excelled them. It was utterly phenomenal. I really hope that Joelle decides to write a spin-off of this series as I would love to know what happened after the conclusion of Graduation Day but if she doesn't then it was the perfect ending regardless. The Testing series will continue to be one of my favourite dystopia series ever and I know I will read it again and again.
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" I really liked that this had more action but it did drag just a bit in spots but overall this was a great conclusion, if not a sad one, to the trilogy. " said.

"What a disappointment. This series wasn't worth the time it took to read it. It reminded me of the experience of reading another worthless YA book series - The Maze Runner - where it felt like the author's interest and writing ability got weaker and weaker with each book. This book was especially dull. The writing style felt very "procedural" and emotionless. The conclusion, if I can call it that, was watered down and really added to the sting of wasting your time plowing through the story. I suspect that many YA authors have a good idea (or highly derivative ones) for a story, but greedy publishers force them to stretch it out over a multi-book deal while hoping to have the next Hunger Games series they can convert to films. If I have to blame anyone, I blame Entertainment Weekly for promoting these two book series. I've lost a lot of respect for their opinion on books worth reading. " said.

"I love this political dystopian world created by the effects of war. This explores our very nature and if people can learn from their mistakes. I also liked the science fiction feel the book had. Here are my favorite quotes from Graduation Day and I tried to pick ones without spoilers.

* "I must keep calm. In control.This is the most important test I have faced thus far in my life. Too much is riding on th correct answer. I can not fail."

* "Trust no one, Cia. It's not just your life but also the lives of many others that depend on that."

* "When you trust me with your secrets, I'll trust you with mine."

* "I press myself against Thomas, feeling the warmth of his body seep into mine."

* "The only thing we can do is learn from the mistakes made and make sure we don't make the same ones in the future."

* "Two lightning bolts. Two teams. The end of ignorance. The beginning of hope."

Just Finished Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau. Who needs sleep!!!! I am going to have a huge book hangover after this one. I do not even know what to say. I loved it. It was emotional, tense, thought provoking. I love the message portrayed throughout the trilogy. This was so consistent with an unexpected ending that I loved. Their are very few series you walk away feeling satisfied and this was one of them. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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"While I enjoyed this trilogy, the last book left me wanting and in the end I’m just kinda glad its over. Out of them all I like book two the best and had similar feelings towards book one and three. Perhaps it is just time to put YA dystopian books aside for a while. I’m feeling so ambivalent about the book I’m really not sure where to go with my review, the book just didn’t grab me until the last third, part of that could have been I read the first chapter of my next read and got really excited over that, but I’m thinking more is to blame with the book itself.

So lets start with the positive, what worked for me in this book of the trilogy. I liked how we got a better explanation as to how the world came to this point in its history. I also enjoyed the action in the latter parts of the book. I also respected the integrity of Cia, her strong moral compass even when she must do tasks she finds uncomfortable. I liked the redemption of certain characters that will remain nameless to avoid spoilers. I also enjoyed the way the trilogy ended. It left me satisfied and ready to put this series behind me.

One of the reasons I read dystopian books/series is I enjoy the fight to overcome insurmountable odds to right what is wrong in the world. I enjoy the characters who look at the awful worlds they exist in and want to do something to change them for the benefit of all. I like the idea that we can overcome corruption. This series delivers all that, but perhaps it just needed something more. I’m afraid it might get lost in the sea of other dystopian works that have flooded the YA market. Still I’m happy I stuck it out.

So what bothered me with this book, what didn’t work for me. It was slow to get into first off. My mind would wander and I was being told so much instead of reading about action. It got a bit tedious in the first half of the book. Now I was happy to get all this information, but perhaps it could have been broken up a bit more instead of feeling I was sitting in one of Cia’s classrooms during class. You may disagree, but I think the story would have been stronger without the romance. It just felt tacked on and to me there was little chemistry between Cia and Thomas. I was more interested in Cia and Raffe’s connection then I was with her and Thomas’s relationship. I don’t think the story needed a romance or the failed love triangle that was thrown in for part of this book. It just didn’t work for me and frankly I have trouble seeing a future for these two beyond the end of the book, and I’m alright with that.

If you LOVE dystopian genre books then by all means add this series to your to-read list, it was a good (but not great) read. After loving book two more than the first I had hopes for the ending to go out with a bang. Unfortunately for me it just fell flat.
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