Sixteen-year-old Cia is graduating. She has lived her whole life in the Lakes Colony, but her greatest hope is to be chosen to go to The Testing. No one from her region has been chosen for this honor for years; it is a mystery why her colony has been neglected. Are their schools not preparing them appropriately, or is there something more mysterious afoot. The testing itself, while prestigious, is also a harsh and dangerous way to select the most brave and bright of the country’s young people to be placed in job training programs; some students will stop at nothing to be selected. Will Cia’s preparation and drive be enough to carry her safely through?
If you enjoy dystopias and don’t mind violence then you might also like The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, or Divergent, by Veronica Roth, or Insignia, by S.J. Kincaid