Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dystopian novel The Testing chosen as April selection for KCKPL’s online book club

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Join Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s Youngbloods Online Book Club to discuss this month’s thrilling selection, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau. 

The book can be found in streaming audiobook and ebook on the Youngbloods site at

The Testing is a griping, action-packed tale: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating.

All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization.

When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Youngbloods is KCKPL’s first ever completely online book club.  Designed for book-lovers who want to enjoy the books and discuss at their own pace, the book club is solely hosted on the library’s eCommunity site and has no scheduled meetings. 

It features video introductions to the books, interactive elements, and easy online commenting.   The book club features popular and engrossing young adult titles that are sure to appeal to adult readers. All books are available for instant download as audiobooks through the eCommunity site. 

The library also carries print copies and one ebook copy for most of the books.  To join Youngbloods, visit