Title: The Test (2019)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
25 questions. Pass, you’re granted citizenship. Fail, you get a one-way ticket out of town.
Sylvain Neuvel follows up his excellent Themis Files series with this twisted, fast-paced, and thought-provoking dystopian novella. Much like Themis Files, Neuvel employs an unconventional storytelling structure to engage the reader and make the best use of his sharp, sense-of-urgency writing style. There’s an added element of reader participation here, as you’re left to wonder how you would respond to the events of “the test” as the questions suddenly go off the rails. It’s a tight page-turner that really works.
★★★★ out of 5