Mini Review | The Test – Sylvain Neuvel

The Test had been on my TBR for a bit and when I came across it for a decent price I just had to get it. This was one of my first books for the O.W.L.’s readathon. It’s a very short book so this won’t be a very long review but I wanted to share my thoughts nonetheless. Let’s dive in!

Mini Review | The Test – Sylvain Neuvel

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?

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by St Martin's Press on 01/03/2019
Pages: 108

I am on my knees. I have been here before. I have been thrown to the ground and I have felt the tip of their guns on the back of my neck. I have been through this and I have survived. We will survive. All of us.

The Test is only 108 pages long so it’s definitely an one-sitting kind of story. I’d recommend going in as blind as possible as almost anything would be a spoiler. All you really need to know is that this is set in the UK somewhere in the future. Our main character Idir is sitting his citizen’s examen and it goes differently than expected.

I was very impressed with the way this story sucked me in! The situation really inspired me to think about certain things, especially about the morality involved. It is amazing how only 100 pages can contain an interesting story and also raise some important questions. I really loved what this story did with me.

We celebrate our meeting day more than we do our wedding anniversary. We both chose to get married, but that root canal, that was the will of Allah.

Even though we only spend a little over a 100 pages with the characters, I feel like I did get to know Idir quite well. You spend most of the story inside his head and through his choices, memories and thought processes I got a pretty good understanding of he is as a person and what he thinks is important. It was also very interesting to see what might’ve changed over the course of the story and how he was impacted.

Why was I so quick to judge this man? I must be nervous, myself. There is a lesson to be learned here. We are all more alike than we think.

All in all I loved this book! The writing was engaging, I really liked the character and loved the plot of the story. This book had it all, and managed to do it in only a 100 pages. I think that’s probably the most impressive thing. Lately I’ve read a couple of this short stories and have been super impressed. I definitely plan on picking up more. Until then, I would highly recommend this futuristic story about a citizen’s test.

One thought on “Mini Review | The Test – Sylvain Neuvel

  1. Great review! I’ve always been interested in the idea of reading short novels in one sitting

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