The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm freaking surprised at how good this novella is. Simple idea, but so much is packed into this short work. And what's more, it's timely.
The immigration process for getting into England has taken some rather HARD turns in The Test, selecting for an insane amount of information and psychological screenings. This high-tech future dystopia takes it so far that they screen for HEROES. :) It's not enough to be smart and a decent human being or being dedicated enough to jump through an amazing number of hoops. They're selecting for born or made heroes because, let's face it, society WANTS HEROES.
Never mind that heroes often come with a TON of baggage and in making them, you open up a real nasty Pandora's box.
Some tests should not be forced. :)
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