The Test by Sylvain Neural
Source: Libby App
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Genres: Adult Fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Narrator: Neil Shah
Length: 2 hours Approx
Publication Date: 12th Feb 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The Test.
Britain, the not-too-distant future.
Idir is sitting the British Citizenship Test.
He wants his family to belong.
Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress.
When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death.
How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?”
My Thoughts & Review
This was unplanned reads/listen. I downloaded it on a whim really. I was scrolling through the Libby app and this one came up as available to download. I wasn’t entirely sure what the book was about but had seen a few reviews and also seen it on my social media feeds.
I’m not really sure what to say about this book. I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.
It was a very quick book and I managed to start it and finish it in one sitting because it was so short. In fact, I manged to read it in just over an hour because I listened to it on speed x1.75
The Test was very predictable. I worked out most of what was going to happen next. There were some interesting themes in the book but I felt they weren’t explored enough and this left me with a lot of questions by the end. I think this could have been resolved by maybe having a little longer book. Didn’t think I would be saying that.
All in all, an ok-ish read. This book may not have been for me but if you are interested in reading it I say go ahead and try it out because you never know you may like it better than I did. One thing I will say is try and borrow it from your local library if you can.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.
Happy Reading Everyone!!!