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am 7. September 2014
Well, I guess, Ms Charbonneau had to deliver the ending. What a shame that it came out so uninspired and bland.
The Testing is simply amazing, brilliant, perfect. What a gem. I will reread it before writing a review, because it's so wonderful and I don't want to miss anything out. I have my issues with Independent Study, which is still very very good. Independent Study ends in the middle of a story, because, you know, it always HAS to be a trilogy, even if you simply divide the second book in two, or even if you had better not written anything, but the first book at all.
In Graduation Day, Cia, Tomas, Will become empty shells of themselves, whose main purpose is in serving the plot. In fact, everything serves the plot, that author obviously has from the very beginning. So sometimes it comes to totally silly things, like Cia has to choose what to take from a certain room, and takes FOUR pulse radios, because she thinks she might need them. Why on earth does she think so? And this is just one example.
Cia is suddenly able to do so many things, and all of them she learned while playing with her brothers or helping her father. It goes like: here is the problem, but thankfully I learned from my father how to make an explosive and still remember all the ingredients and can find them all without a problem (the girl studies politics), but one ingredient is locked, but thankfully my brothers used to steal my doll and lock it in a wardrobe, but my father believed in fair play, so he taught me how to open it with a wire, so I open the lock and prepare my explosive quickly and completely undisturbed.
Some interesting new characters unfortunately don't get developed, but are left as soon as they served their purpose. Killings happen left and right. The thoughts and musings of Cia on her decisions and the consequences are sometimes really deep and interesting, but the author doesn't see them through.
Of course, this being the final book in the series, some things have to be explained, and, unfortunately, they are. The explanations are just inconsistent and unsatisfying. All of them, such a shame.
You guys, I'm dying to say more, but then there would be some spoilers, and I don't think it's fair.
I do not recommend you buy this book. Take it out in a library or whatever, because of course you'd want to know how it all ends.