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In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of daIn a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates....

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Graduation Day Reviews

  • Kathleen Lanman
    2018-10-24 01:06

    Very disappointing ending to the series. There were so many little things that irritated in this book. Her magical, omnipresent bag of holding, for example. It's always there, and it contains anything and everything. At one point I thought the bag was the author having a sly joke with the reader, but I think that was wishful thinking.Nobody behaved in ways that made sense. Why would a national leader put a child in charge of a violent uprising? For that matter, the whole testing system makes no sense, regardless of past history. It would be like if the most talented kids competed for the chance to get into the Hunger Games, and the winners got to be president. How is this a valid method to identify leadership skills? And why would Cia trust any leaders who had been chosen through this process? No matter how many times Cia justified the value of the testing, I just couldn't accept it. Why did Cia and the rebels not just spread the truth? I have a hard time believing most of the society would be cool with all their best and brightest being killed off in the hopes of identifying new sociopaths to lead the nation.The use of technology doesn't make sense, either. They can alter genes and use hovercars, but haven't invented a telephone or train to connect the colonies? Cia seems to have access to all the materials needed to create communication devices and weapons. Why has no one invented mass communication?

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2018-10-22 04:08

    This final book in the series, which up until this point had been decent, was abysmal; it was just absolutely terrible. I read the first two books in a few days but I almost had to pin my eyelids open to get through this one.Here's a content breakdown:50% - Talking about what to do again and again and...The President gives Cia an assignment. Cia spends several chapters coming up with a plan that we then have to listen to her tell Tomas...and then Stacia...and then Raffe...and Zeen. Then they have to come up with a new plan and the cycle continues...25% - RacapWe get a recap of what happened in the last two books. We get a recap about what happen in the last chapter. Seriously, the average reader does not have dementia. The constant recapping serves no purpose other than to act as filler.15% - Cia is taking things out of her backpack5%- Cia is putting things into her backpackThe bag is practically a main character. For every problem that Cia encounters, you can guarantee that the solution will be coming out of her backpack. How big is this fricken bag?!4% - Build upThere are a few moments when you think Okay, finally something is going to happen....this is where it's going to get good and never does.1% - Something actually happensThe action of this story is so fleeting that it's over before you realize that it began.Blink and you miss it! Everything is resolved so quickly I actually had to page back to see if I missed something.The big reveals in this book were laughable. The 300 pages could have told the same story in 100, and that's being generous. How can a series that starts out with such promise go so terribly wrong?! What happened?In my opinion, the author didn't have a clear vision. The history of the world she created was foggy at best, it was just derivative of other books and stories with nothing unique or noteworthy about it to make it special or interesting. Her characters were flat and just as uninteresting. I didn't care if the Testing ended. I didn't care if Tomas and Cia ended up together. I didn't care if they both died, I was actually kind of hoping they would! All of the interesting characters are underdeveloped or abandoned (Will, Stacia, Raffe).Overall, there just wasn't enough story here to cover 3 books. I was bored out of my mind and took no pleasure in reading this final installment. Usually I would say if you've made it this far through a series you might as well finish it out, I mean, I actually read all of the Fifty Shades of Grey books. This series is an exception. Read the first book if you must but then you can just quit. There is no need to continue.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2018-11-12 04:11 much as I would like to tell you that the finale to this dystopian series wouldn't end in a rebellion, I couldn't tell you that because that is exactly the direction of the entire series. Having said that though, I am still satistfied with the outcome of the story and that is saying much especially when it comes to a dystopian series finale.

  • Jilly
    2018-11-05 02:10

    Well, thank God we have Cia in the future because she seems to be the lone possible savior of the entire world. Literally. Even the president needs this teenage girl to save what is left of the country because she has not one other person in all of her government that can do what Super Cia can do! So, don't worry for our future, kids, Cia is on the case!Seriously, I've read some annoyingly too good at everything characters before, but Cia takes the cake. I really liked The Testing, and enjoyed Independent Study, but I struggled with this one a bit. The fact that Cia is given a job to save the country, basically, by the president, makes no sense. But, hey, it's fiction, so I guess that's just part of what we are supposed to accept.Another thing that was disappointing in this book was the amount of time that Cia spent thinking things through. Pages and pages of thinking things through. I get that she was under a lot of pressure - you know, saving the world and all, but do we really need to read her every thought? Less thinky thinky, more do-y do-y.The ending was meh. Super Cia is a bit of a selfish girlfriend. I guess that is her great weakness. All superheroes have them. But, she knows that she can't possibly NOT be important anymore. That just wouldn't be okay. She is said to be 5'1 in the book, I'm guessing most of that is head.

  • Rachel Maniacup
    2018-11-17 06:14

    Reading the final book in a trilogy,most of all in dystopian is always a dread for me (especially after having read the Divergent series),'cause I never wanted to experience any more frustrations after having read an awesome starting of the series,when at the final book,you'll only be devastated on the series'ending!?that sucks big time!So to be honest,I want to tell you that I enjoyed reading this book,but not as much as I enjoyed the first two books in this series.In this final book,Cia was given a big responsibility she never expected.And that responsibility who put it on her,surprised her even more. The task that was given to her is to find a way to get rid of the highest ranking officials of the Testing,so they could finally stop the whole process of the Testing. But I felt like Cia had fallen out of her character a bit,that her being indecisive here made me worry if she would be able to save her friends,and her entire country.I just wish that there should have been more to this book,because I felt like the story had more to say,especially when there was a huge twist at the ending..I wanted more,really!All in all,this is still a good ending to this series that I highly reccomend to anyone who's a fan of dystopian genre.^^

  • Isabel
    2018-10-26 07:24

    Oh dear Lord, this was seriously a let-down. The first two books? Fantastic. Action packed. Loved them.This one? Boooooooring. I was stuck between finishing what I'd started and setting it down because of how boring it was. Only a few pages in, I knew it was already not as good as the first two.**There are a few spoilers from here I suppose. Just don't read more if you haven't read it yet.**As someone else has already pointed out, why in the heck would a president put a teenage girl in charge of everything? Yeah, I get that she's the "only one" the president can trust, or something. Sure. Whatever. But there's no way in heck she'd put everything on Cia. Also, the entire story went so dang slow! It took Cia about ten pages just to think through one problem and then it took another twenty for her to decide who she can tell. And then, on top of that, there's so much guessing going on. Like, is this person trustworthy? No? Wait, yes? No? And many characters were made to seem like they weren't trustworthy, when they actually were the entire time. I understand having a little mystery, but it's just ridiculous in this book. The first two were great, like I said, but I can't give this book more than two stars without feeling like I'm totally lying to someone.

  • Jaylia3
    2018-10-26 03:59

    Graduation Day begins in high tension, right where Independent Study left off, but within the first few pages author Joelle Charbonneau manages to weave in a review of the previous two books in the series without diminishing the tautness or velocity of this final entry in The Testing trilogy--very helpful for readers like me who have had a wait between volumes to finish the story. Cia has just discovered a shocking truth about the rebellion meant to bring down the Testing--a ruthless elimination process for future leaders of their post-global-disaster society--but when she brings that information to the President of the United Commonwealth hoping to discharge her responsibility, she is instead given a terrible but crucial task, one she’s not sure she has the heart to accept.At the beginning of the first book (The Testing) Cia is living with her family in The Five Lakes Colony of the United Commonwealth--the area that before the Seven Stages War was the Great Lakes region of the United States--but she’s proud to have been chosen to go to the capital city Tosu (formerly Wichita) for Testing, an “honor” so brutal and deadly that candidates who survive have their memories of it wiped afterwards. In the second book (Independent Study) Cia attends the autocratic university designed to train society leaders, and while there is less overt violence in this part of the story, pervasive threats and power struggles between students mean there is no less tension. The second book is more thought provoking than its predecessor, spending time on the relative merits of big government vs. a libertarian society, and this final book of the trilogy combines the strengths of both previous books. It has the ramped up action of the first book, but it doesn’t leave the deeper issues of the second book behind--making it a great finish. If you’ve read The Hunger Games you’ll notice some similarities, but I’ve enjoyed Charbonneau’s series more. The premise makes more sense to me--instead of sadistic surrender terms, the horrific trials young people go through are meant to winnow out the weak while selecting future leaders, and though Cia wants to eliminate the Testing she’s sometimes torn because in spite or maybe because of its brutality the Testing has been largely successful at its mission. War and environmental catastrophes wiped out most of humanity and almost destroyed the planet, but leaders selected through the kill-or-be-killed Testing process have proven they can make the tough decisions needed for survival. I love the vividly written, the post-catastrophe Midwest setting of The Testing trilogy and the detailed history and science of the world building. Cia is both capable and caring--she’s a tinkerer and good with the stripped down tech of her world so she makes a great main character. In the first book too many of her actions were influenced by a budding romance for my taste, but though that relationship has continued in the second and this third book Cia’s decision making process has (fittingly) matured. I’ve been assuming this is a trilogy, but I would love to read a continuation of the story.

  • Jeff Raymond
    2018-11-07 04:21

    If I'm being honest with myself, the way The Testing ends the series up is a little bit of a disappointment. It's not the trainwreck that The Hunger Games became, mind you, but it's still felt a little out of step and not the sense of closure one would expect.Essentially, we've spent the first two books building up a world so Cia can tear it down. The book has moved into full-on political conspiracy mode with plenty of spycraft and such to go along with it. Once things get started, the book really races to the finish as it becomes a question of who can be trusted to do the right thing.Overall? Still probably my favorite YA dystopia, even with the flaws. A less-than-perfect ending doesn't change the ride to get there at all. I feel as if this has been overlooked in the face of Legend and Divergent and Matched when it's fully better than all of them, but there's no accounting for popular taste, I suppose. Very glad I got to finish this one up, a solid end to a great series.

  • Jamie (The Title Page)
    2018-10-23 03:04

    I just can't get past the Mary Sue main character. She seems to have an intimate knowledge of EVERYTHING, so she never has to ask people questions or consult books. She is the only trustworthy person in the entire novel, so much so that the president asked her alone to commit the act that would prevent a war, with no other plan to fall back on. She won't accept help from anyone else because she doesn't have faith in anyone but herself. Oh and she also has superhuman strength because with the amount of shit she keeps putting in her bag, she would have to in order to be able to drag that thing around everywhere with such little effort. I really enjoyed the first book when I read it as an ARC, but the issue with this series is that you get so excited about what's going to happen next that you don't notice the crappy character building and writing. Everyone who gave these books a good rating should reread the novels now that they know what happens. It's a real eye opener.

  • Marketa
    2018-10-25 04:00

    Ne. Ne a ne. Néé.To byla taková nuda. Takové lehce předvídatelné nic plné ničeho.Hrozně jsem se po jedničce těšila na další díly, co si autorka vymyslí, ale evidentně už netušila, CO SI VYMYSLET.Poslední díl byl plný YA blbosti v podobě "hlavní hrdinka musí udělat všechno, protože je to prostě hlavní hrdinka a vůbec nevadí, že je jí nějakých směšných 16 let. Protože... je to hlavní YA hrdinka." Meh.

  • May
    2018-10-19 06:54

    UNA TERCERA PARTE QUE VUELVE A FLOJEAR PERO QUE CIERRA A LA PERFECCIÓN LA TRILOGÍALa graduación es la tecera y última parte de la trilogía La prueba, trilogía distópica con tintes muy tópicos y a la vez diferentes. Una trilogía con sus subidas y bajadas, cuyo primer libro (La prueba) me encantó, cuyo segundo libro (La iniciación) flojeó un poco pero me dejó con ganas de más, y una trilogía que en sí me ha gustado pero que decae con cada libro.Como digo, La graduación es un tercer libro que vuelve a decaer de nuevo. Creo que el mejor libro de toda la trilogía es La prueba, y la verdad es que los otros dos decaen. La graduación no es tan flojo como La iniciación, pero vuelve a flojear y eso me ha decepcionado un poquito puesto que esperaba que esta tercera parte viniera con fuerza para cerrar la trilogía bien.Aún así La graduación es una buena tercera parte con su trama y que va cerrando todas las cuestiones que quedaron abiertas desde el primer libro. Es un buen cierre de trilogía porque no deja nada abierto y aclara todas las dudas que quedaban.Me ha gustado mucho el desarrollo de ciertos personajes como Cia y Tomas, que dan mucho más de sí en esta tercera parte y que se cierran perfectamente. Me ha gustado su caracterización y la evolución que se ve en ellos desde la primera novela.El ritmo está bien, engancha más que el segundo pero no tanto como el primero. Tiene una línea de trama que se sigue perfectamente y ocurren muchos acontecimientos que amenizan la lectura y también le dan velocidad.La prueba es una trilogía con una idea muy original y diferente, pero que en cada libro toma cosas de otras distopías demasiado evidentes y son llevadas al terreno de la propia novela. El primer libro es el mejor de todos, con un ritmo frenético y una trama que absorbe por completo; y La iniciación y La prueba decaen muchísimo respecto a éste.Para mí con La prueba era suficiente y creo que los otros dos libros están muy forzados a existir y que son innecesarios.Sea como sea os recomiendo encarecidamente que leais el primer libro de la trilogía y que os quedéis ahí, no creo que los otros dos merezcan la pena. Pero sí que merece la pena leer La prueba y al fin y al cabo su final te deja satisfecha.

  • Sharon Mariampillai
    2018-11-12 07:57

    Actual Rating: 3.15This is a good read. I liked the book, but I thought it lacked the same intensity as the previous two books. The story had action and the characters were great as usual. I thought the ending could have been way better. I really did not like how it ended as I thought there could have been more. Maybe an epilogue to tell us about Cia and how she is after her decision. I just thought the author could have given us more than what we got. It is sad to see a great book have such an unexpected and flat ending. I am sad to say goodbye to another series. However, I am glad I got to enjoy the books as well. For the whole series, I would rate this a 3.75/5. Overall, an okay read.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-29 06:09

    I'm sad I didn't enjoy this more. It wasn't as action-packed or fast-paced as its predecessors, Cia's motivations didn't ring true to her character, and the triple and quadruple-crossing (this group is working for this person! No, this person! No, that person!) grew confusing and tiresome. The final confrontation was a let down and pretty unsatisfying.

  • Nikita
    2018-10-31 01:54

    I know it took me so long to finish the novel but it doesn't mean it's not good. Just too much school work but I think this is still a solid finale to the trilogy. I'm a little sad it's over.

  • Kelsey
    2018-10-28 00:24

    Deze serie is gooooooed! Zeker een aanrader

  • ღ Suus ღ (pages.and.books)
    2018-10-21 07:08

    Wat een fantastisch derde boek van deze geweldige trilogie. Het was zo spannend dat ik niet meer kon stoppen met lezen en heb ik de tweede helft van het boek in 1 ruk uitgelezen. Deel 2 en 3 heb ik na elkaar gelezen waardoor ik nog lekker in het verhaal zat en enorm met Cia meeleefde. "Hoe gaat dit aflopen?" bleef ik mezelf continue afvragen. Op een gegeven moment vertrouw je ook niemand meer. Het einde (eigenlijk het hele boek) was niet voorspelbaar. Ik heb geen enkel moment gedacht dat het zo zou eindigen. En voordat ik ga spoilen houd ik nu op haha. Maar goed. Nog niet gelezen? Ga dan zeker snel een begin maken aan deze trilogie ^^! Cia i love you! <3

  • Amy
    2018-10-17 01:13

    Een mooie en spannende afsluiter van deze trilogie! Met elk hoofdstuk wilde ik weet verder lezen. Het einde past er ook helemaal bij. Ik zou hiervan misschien nog wel een novella van zien verschijnen ooit, dat zou leuk zijn. Uiteindelijk heeft het concept mij ook verbaasd, deel een deed mij veel denken aan THG en Divergent, maar de andere twee delen zijn totaal anders! Een toffe YA serie.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-14 06:08

    The final book in the Testing series is finally here. I have grown close to Cia throughout these books. I was so looking forward to reading this final book. Even though I knew it would be bitter sweet because the series was ending. I found myself struggling to get into this book. I started it and it took several tries for me to stick with it. The problem is that there was so much action in the second book with the "testing" that when I got to the final book, it was more talk then it was action. Don't get me wrong as there was some action but it did not happen until really the last half of the book. Until then, it was just Cia and her friends talking about what needed to happen. Also, Cia seemed like she was unsure of herself and had to ask others for advice before she did anything. The ending was alright. Overall, this book was not my favorite in the series but I still can't wait to see what the author has in store for the next book or series.

  • Morris
    2018-11-01 01:03

    More of my reviews can be found at: Adult in the Ya SectionI absolutely loved “The Testing”, and while a bit disappointed in “Independent Study”, I still enjoyed it. I wish I had stopped before I read “Graduation Day”.The one redeeming factor of “Graduation Day” is the action, so I will begin there. The action sequences were intense and real page turners. Unfortunately, there was not enough of it.It all seems like the author is trying too hard to put in plot twists. Some of it came nowhere and made no sense. Characters made decisions not in line with what had been established about them previously, and at some point Cia became just as cold and uncaring as those she was trying to overthrow. The ending made her seem like she cared about no one but a cause- the same way of thinking that created the testing in the first place.I wanted to love this book, or to even just “like” it. Neither of those are possible. There are barely even any resolutions to the multitude of problems in their society. It was enough of a letdown to make me regret reading past the first book.

  • Madz
    2018-10-26 05:17

    This book (and series) was outstanding! Joelle Charbonneau outdid herself by filling the whole Testing series with love, loss, instinct and trust in a way that not only captivated me but made me smile at happy times and cry (especially at the end). I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great book filled with impossible choices and difficult answers.

  • Lucy
    2018-10-29 06:57

  • Chelsea
    2018-10-30 00:01

    Cia Vale, an ardent, intrepid, and judicious girl, is about to start a rebellion so precarious that any wrong move will result in her death, along with many others. Cia, and her friends from the colonies, have lived through many scarring encounters, and they feel that they have seen enough. Most of those encounters occurred in The Testing, a ruthless set of challenges that let only the most skilled survive. They want it all to end, The Testing itself, the people who created it, and the way it punishes those who fail. Cia knows she must do something to prevent this from ever happening again, so she decides to alert the President about the information she has received from these experiences. The President then tells her to eliminate a list of people who took part in creating or reviving The Testing. Cia knows the only way to end this is to follow her orders, but she cannot do it alone. Along with the help of her friends, she is compelled to destroy the most influential leaders controlling The Testing, in a matter of weeks. In this book, Cia must choose those she can trust with her life, knowing that the wrong choice may result in her elimination. Graduation Day is a spellbinding novel about doing what it takes to reach the ultimate goal, even if it means making sacrifices along the way. Cia tries to find the best way to solve her predicament, without violence, but she realizes that there has to be bloodshed in order for the final solution to be reached. I was able to relate to this book because I have been in situations where I wanted to resolve an issue without any feelings being hurt, but sometimes it is necessary to do so, in order to get the point across. I was able to connect with Cia when she tries to find the least violent way to reach her goal, since she does not want any more deaths than necessary. Graduation Day is an enthralling, complex, and puzzling novel. A definite strength to this story is the unexpected twist at the end that completely throws the reader off guard. I recommend this book to fans of The Testing series, and to readers who enjoy the mental thrill of discovering riveting, new facts that continually change the entire direction of the plot. This is the third book in a trilogy, and I enjoyed this book and the series as a whole.

  • Jalyn
    2018-11-08 05:06

    I've finally found a YA Dystopian with a decent ending! Woohoo!This is the final book in The Testing series and this book concluded the series very well. Though I didn't fly through this one quite as fast as I did the first two books, it was still very good with lots of little surprises. I couldn't decide who to trust the entire way through the book. How do you know who to trust when you're dealing with the most brilliant, and in some cases, the most power hungry minds? Who do you believe when you are hearing different stories from each side and both sides feel that they are right? How do you trust when you've already had your trust betrayed? Cia makes a lot of really hard decisions in this book, but she does a good job of thinking things through and reasoning her way through situations. I can definitely see why she was chosen for The Testing to begin with, and why she specifically was chosen to continue with the program. She's smart, thinks things through, and makes the tough decision even when she doesn't want to. I really enjoyed her story and watching her grow and be more sure of herself as the books progressed. This is officially my favorite dystopian series. I loved it!

  • Diana Torales
    2018-10-19 05:10

    Maybe 3.75 I need more answers but I love it

  • Kelly Roberson
    2018-10-25 08:08

    I just finished this book, and I loved it soo much!! I thought this was such a fantastic ending to the trilogy, and it really allows you the opportunity to decide for yourself how the future will play out. This book kept the thrilling pace of the other two books while also really calling into question right and wrong, moving away from past mistakes, who is worthy of trust, and so many other crucial things that really kept you guessing through the story. I also love that Cia stays try to the very methodical, smart, and cautious Cia you meet in the first book. Her character was a breath of fresh air to me, because she was incredibly smart and chose to think rather than act impulsively. I also loved that while her and Tomas' romance played and important role, it never felt cliche, annoying, and like it didn't fit. It also never really overwhelmed the plot, and their were never any truly angsty annoying situations that happened between them. The will absolutely be added the list for one of my favorite dystopian series, and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for an addictive dystopian trilogy to dive in to!

  • Daniel
    2018-10-25 03:04

    3.5 starsPlot- 7.5/10Characters- 8.5/10Writing- 9/10World Building- 9/10TOTAL- 8.3/10Quickie Review- Graduation Day is my 100th book read on Goodreads. *celebrates* Now, I was eagerly anticipating this book- the cover is amazing and the end of the second book, Independent Study, promised an epic conclusion to the Testing series. I wasn't disappointed with this, but I wasn't thoroughly impressed by it either. It was most certainly better than the other series conclusions I've read this year (Monument 14: Savage Drift, Dust Lands : Raging Star), but there were a couple of things that I thought were lacking. Most notable, plot. Both this book and its predecessor, Independent Study, lacked action. The Testing had all sorts of action- fighting, running, shooting, solving problems, running for your life, etc. The last 2 installments in the series were mostly devoid of all of these things. The first half of this book was extremely slow. Cia was trying to figure out what to do, how to do it, and who to trust. I suppose this was all necessary background, but it made for a very sluggish plot. About halfway in we started to actually see some movement in plot. There was plotting, running, killing, sacrificing, all of that deliciously intense stuff. And when we got to the climax, I was totally ready for an all-out epic battle. I didn't get it. The climax wasn't really a climax; very much like Independent Stuy, the climax consisted of a character twist and Cia in shock. No real action, gunfights, nothing. I was very disappointed by this. Charbonneau resolved the story nicely and tied up the loose ends, but her book lacked the firepower and punch that she was able to create in the Testing. The characters for the most part were very strong- especially the supporting cast. Raffe was a terrific character- passionate, caring, and yet shrouded in mystery. Stacia was also very nicely done; her kind and motivated but also selfish personality really shone here and remained consistent throughout the book. Tomas, who was practically non-existent in Independent Study, took a bigger role here, and I really enjoyed his emotional scenes with Cia. Their connection was powerful and kept each of them going throughout the book. I also enjoyed Will's personality in this one, and I thought the direction that the author decided to take with him was the right one. Now, the only character I had problems with was the main character. Cia became too dependent on others' words, and lacked some leadership in Graduation Day. Also, a problem that I've had with her that continued into this book was her fear of killing. She is not able to take one life to spare many others, and I find that, for someone who is trying to change the future of society, this is a huge flaw that cannot be overlooked. Indeed, it almost killed her in the end. The writing was great- suspenseful, consistent, and vivid. I have always loved the world building in this series- eerily similar to that in the Hunger Games, but still different enough to make it distinguishable and unique. All in all Charbonneau put together a pretty good conclusion to The Testing series, and overall, I am happy that I was able to discover and enjoy Cia's journey.

  • Amy at Read What I Like
    2018-10-29 02:06

    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.

  • Fallon
    2018-11-13 07:12

    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.

  • Jim
    2018-11-08 07:02

    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.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-10-28 05:55

    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.