The Test by Sylvain Neuvel (Narrated by Neil Shah)

I Won’t Forget This One Soon

5 out of 5 stars

I’m really glad that Neuvel wrote this to take place in the UK.  It hits a little too close to home as an American living under the current Trump administration.  The Test is a perfectly crafted short story that packs a punch.

The book starts out and you think it’s just going to be someone answering test questions and getting a glimpse into their brain as they do so.  But soon after this book takes a turn.  We’re then introduced to another group of people (and given a peek behind the curtain a bit).  Once we’ve given that glance the book takes a massive turn and really gets good.

Neuvel wrote a story that I will probably never forget. He didn’t need 400 pages to do so either.  The Test is one of those stories that needed to be told, but also a story that ended exactly as it needed to.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to finish, but it was absolute perfection.

Overall, easily one of the best stories I’ve read in 2019 and definitely one of the best short stories I’ve ever read.

Book Description:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel (Narrated by Neil Shah)The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
Narrator: Neil Shah
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
Published by Blackstone Audio on February 2nd 2019
Genres: Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Britain, the not-too-distant future. Idir is taking the British Citizenship Test. He wants his family to belong.

Twenty-five questions to determine his 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?


Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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