Monday, July 7, 2014

Graduation Day

"I came to Tosu City because I wanted to be a leader. I thought that would come after I graduated from the University. I thought that event would signal my readiness. But I can no longer wait for Graduation Day. The time to lead is now."

I finally got to read the last book in Joelle Charbonneau's series and  was happy with how it got resolved. In my reviews of both The Testing and Independent Study, I was hoping to see Cia's dark side and for her to not always have the answers and skills necessary to save the day. I was rewarded because she learned that in order to lead, difficult decisions must be made and lives will be lost. While remaining a good person, Cia matures and loses some of her perfection which irritated me at times.

There were some issues: the pacing of the book was slow and I found myself skimming when Cia debated before making a decision. I also found it unbelievable that the president would decide that a teenage girl was the only person trustworthy enough to carry out an insane task. These small problems don't take away from my enjoyment of the novel and series, nor from recommending to all my kids who want something juicy to follow The Hunger Games.

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