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Takes an unexpected and tragic turn Idir is handed the power of life and deathHow do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice. 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 In The Test we follow Idir Jalil an Iranian immigrant who s looking to pass the British citizenship test so he and his family can stay in the UK Despite the pressure he s under because as he uickly lets us know through his own memories and back story there s so much at stake for the Jalil family Idir s in a great mood He s studied hard he s confident without being arrogant and those first few uestions breeze by for himSuddenly a massive wrench is thrown into the works and Idir finds himself being pulled into a warped terrorist scene where he s forced to make decisions so much harder than any uestion the test could have asked him There s so much going on in this little story and I truly can t say because it s so short and uick paced that any further details would be spoilers Instead I ll just say that this is one of the greatest novellas I have ever read It was a tremendously well fleshed story despite its brevity Idir is one of the most likable protagonists I ve ever read in my life and the social commentary here on racism xenophobia sexism and I was blown away There are moments in this novella that shook me to my core and the ending Wow what a brilliant way to close it upThis was my first time reading Sylvain Neuvel s work but I can assure you that it won t be my last All uotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Torcom for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review Matthews Choice you value a life when all The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, you have is multiple choice. 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 In The Test we follow Idir Jalil an Iranian immigrant who s looking to pass the British citizenship test so he and his family can stay in the UK Despite the pressure he s under because as he uickly lets us know through his own memories and back story there s so much at stake for the Jalil family Idir s in a great mood He s studied hard he s confident without being arrogant and those first few uestions breeze by for himSuddenly a massive wrench is thrown into the works and Idir finds himself being pulled into a warped terrorist scene where he s forced to make decisions so much harder than any uestion the test could have asked him There s so much going on in this little story and I truly can t say because it s so short and uick paced that any further details would be spoilers Instead I ll just say that this is one of the greatest novellas I have ever read It was a tremendously well fleshed story despite its brevity Idir is one of the most likable protagonists I ve ever read in my life and the social commentary here on racism xenophobia sexism and I was blown away There are moments in this novella that shook me to my core and the ending Wow what a brilliant way to close it upThis was my first time reading Sylvain Neuvel s work but I can assure Hers to Protect you that it won t be my last All uotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank Her Small-Town Hero you so much to Torcom for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Ish Citizenship TestHe wants his family to belongTwenty five uestions to determine their fate Twenty five chances to impressWhen the test. This is harshest stunning riveting thought provoking and mostly infuriating novella that blows your mind As soon as you finish it you start to give blank looks your mind is whirling and you sit still without moving an inch like a bomb just exploded on your mind and you just got paralyzed didn t know how to function normallyThat s what this book made me feel likebloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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Award winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The TestBritain the not too distant futureIdir is sitting the Brit. Why was I so uick to judge this man I must be nervous myself There is a lesson to be learned here We are all alike than we think What The Actual FuckThe Test is basically a Black Mirror episode in novella format This tiny book is packed full of social commentary insights into human behaviour and a whole bunch of mindfuckery It s best read in a single sitting because you won t want to put this one downThe reviews vary on this one as to how much of the plot people are giving up Before reading I only knew what the blurb said and this made some of the story s early events very shocking and hard hitting for me So I won t give away too much additional information about what happensAll you need to know is that Idir an Iranian man and devoted father and husband is sitting his British citizenship test Twenty five uestions that will determine his future and the future of his family I really enjoyed his warm and funny voice as he details his interactions with cold immigration officers and good hudly mocks the uestions about British history that most British citizens wouldn t have a clue aboutBut while he s taking his test something unthinkable happens What should have been a harmless exam suddenly becomes much dangerous and deadly The events that follow take a good long look at many aspects of human social behaviour from uestions about morality to social biases based on everything from gender to race to religion to body size and not just in the individual but biases deeply embedded in the systemIn this strange work of speculative fiction Neuvel looks at the ridiculous hoops immigrants are made to jump through to become citizens of another country in this case the UK and also the ugly long term effects these hoops can have on a person At the beginning he dedicates The Test To kind people a soft bittersweet contrast to the disturbing story that followsSylvain Neuvel has become a must read author for meBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


About the Author: Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age Along the way he has been a journalist worked in soil decontamination sold ice cream in California and peddled furniture across Canada He received a PhD in linguistics from the University of Chicago He taught linguistics in India and worked as a software engineer in Montreal He is also a certified translator though he wishes he were a.



10 thoughts on “The Test

  1. says:

    Why was I so uick to judge this man? I must be nervous myself There is a lesson to be learned here We are all alike than we think What The Actual FuckThe Test is basically a Black Mirror episode in novella format This tiny book is packed full of social commentary insights into human behaviour and a whole bunch of mindfuckery It's best read in a single sitting because you won't want to put this one downThe reviews vary on

  2. says:

    The Test by Sylvain Neuvel is this little 100 page weird ass book revolving around a 25 uestion British Citizenship Test Twenty five uestions to decide the main character's fate Twenty five chances to impressIt's fast and edgy and basically felt like like an episode of Black Mirror I loved it

  3. says:

    375 This novella gave me Black Mirror vibes and if you're looking for something uick and messed up you'll enjoy thisIn a dystopian version of our world to emigrate to the UK individuals have to pass a test It's not exactly the type of test you would expectPersonally the last bit after brought the book down a bit and I would have rather it st

  4. says:

    wow this novella is everything right with short stories its such a simple concept but so intelligently executed and probably one of the most interesting stories about human behaviour and psychological profiling i h

  5. says:

    This is harshest stunning riveting thought provoking and mostly infuriating novella that blows your mind As soon as you finish it you start to give blank looks your mind is whirling and you sit still without moving an inch

  6. says:

    This is so messed up I mean that in the best way possible Do you want to read a soft dystopian that has been done before over and over again or something daring captivating and all sorts of terrifying? I love an author who dares beca

  7. says:

    45 stars This story gutted me It will haunt me for a while Review first posted on Fantasy Literature Since I fell in love with Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants I’ve been curious to see what he would write next The Test is an excellent novella uite different from THE THEMIS FILES trilogy though some similar

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    ARC provided by the publisher—Torcom—in exchange for an honest review The Test is simple in concept and smart in executionI’m not a stranger to Neuvel’s work I loved Neuvel’s Themis Files trilogy and I found the last book of that trilogy Only Human to be highly enjoyable due to the philosophical discussions that Neuvel implemented I’m glad to find that The Test retained his relatable and thought provoking philosophical

  9. says:

    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 In The Test we follow Idir Jalil an Iranian immigrant who's looking to pass the British citizenship test so he and his family can stay in the UK Despite the pressure he's under — because as he uickly lets us know through his own memorie

  10. says:

    ★★½ 5This was good but not great I really enjoyed some aspects of the story but in general it didn’t make a big impact for me in any case I certainly understand what this short story tried to do but in my opinion this could be done better

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