In a bleak world ravaged by war and natural disaster, it’s up to the
next generation of young leaders to piece society back together. The Testing
the first novel in a new young adult trilogy by author Joelle Charbonneau, is
set in a future post-apocalyptic civilization formally known as the United
States of America. Fans of dystopian novels like The Hunger Games
will find The Testing
to be a chilling, fast-paced adventure
as young people struggle to survive in a dark future. Amidst the barren
landscape of the Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes region), 16-year-old
Cia desperately hopes to be selected for the “testing,” a young person’s one
chance to go on to university and a rewarding career. The stakes are high—life
and death—and once Cia is selected, along with her childhood friend Tomas, she
begins to learn that there is a darker side to her upcoming studies. As she
prepares to leave home, Cia’s father, a former participant in the testing
himself, hints that she must trust no one at all, a cryptic warning Cia soon
finds to be all too true.
Author Joelle Charbonneau began as an opera singer. A graduate of both
Millikin and DePaul University, Charbonneau spent years performing in the
Chicago area in operas, operettas and musicals. She continues to teach
voice lessons but now spends the majority of her time writing new stories.
Charbonneau will speak at Books &
Co. in Oconomowoc at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.
7 p.m., June 13
Boswell Book Co.
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Dean Jensen is still best known around town as the owner of
a Downtown art gallery, but in recent years he has developed a career as a
successful author. His latest book, Queen
of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus, brings to life
the circus subculture of the early 20th century through one of the era’s star
performers, known simply as Leitzel.