The Test

The Test

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 Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The Test. Britain, the not-to...

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Title:The Test
Author:Sylvain Neuvel
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:The Test
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

The Test Reviews

  • Sara
    Mar 10, 2019
    I?m not entirely sure what the hell I?ve just read, but this managed to absolutely blow me away in terms of twists and turns very early on. Without giving too much away, what starts as an immigration test decends into something far more realistic, and terrifyingly possible. It?...
  • Hilda
    Mar 15, 2019
    I was too self-conscious to openly celebrate, but when the Gunners scored, this hulking giant of man grabbed me by the shoulders and squeezed me like a sponge. It was the first time I felt like I belonged, like I was truly welcome. This short story packs a punch. It starts off so go...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Mar 07, 2019
    What. The. Fuck. ...
  • Emily May
    Feb 20, 2019
    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. What. The. Actual. Fuck. The Test is basically a Black Mirror episode in novella format. This tiny book is packed full of social commentary,...
  • Fiona
    Feb 14, 2019
    System justification is the idea that many of our needs can e satisfied by defending and justifying the status quo. It gives stability to our political and economic systems because people are inherently inclined to defend it. It prevents people at a disadvantage from questioning the sy...
  • Sana
    May 18, 2018
    WHATHEFUCKWHATTHEFUCKWHATTHEFUCK NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL A FUCKING DYSTOPIA LIKE I'M GLAD IT ENDED WHEN IT DID BECAUSE I WAS LOSING IT BAD The most hard-hitting thing was probably how disturbingly deep-rooted racism is in our society so as much as that discourse fucked me up, it ...
  • Roz
    Feb 13, 2019
    Well, this was fucked up. While I never continued Black Mirror after the first episode (no thank you), if it?s really like this than I?m not even sorry, I don?t think I?m ready for this. ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Feb 26, 2019
    4.5 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, quite different from THE TH...
  • jessica
    Feb 15, 2019
    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 have ever read. the subtle sci-fi aspect also totally gives '...
  • Delaney Felix
    Nov 22, 2018
    4.5 stars! Wow. This is the first I?ve read of Neuvel?s, even though Sleeping Giants has been on my radar for AGES. The first thirty pages had me hooked, and then that twist! This is a short novella following Idir as he takes a citizenship test for him and his family. However, ...
  • Chihoe Ho
    Dec 30, 2018
    With comparisons to Black Mirror, I was prepared for some effed up story. So I thought. The Test is everything like a Black Mirror episode, throwing one curveball after another. It's twisty and provocative, challenging readers on their philosophical viewpoints on immigration, technolog...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    Jan 19, 2019
    Releases 2.12.19. ?Imagine you just escaped the zombie apocalypse and watched all your friends being eaten alive. Now I?m asking you which fabric softener smells nicer.? Do you like Black Mirror? Well buckle the fuck up, because this novella is essentially a shortened episo...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Jan 26, 2019
    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 ...
  • Justine
    Feb 14, 2019
    A disturbing but not unbelievable premise underlies this story about the dehumanization of the immigration process instituted in a near future Britain. I keep wondering why Neuvel chose that particular location as a setting? I'm still not thoroughly impressed with Neuvel's technica...
  • Patricija - ReadOff
    Feb 18, 2019
    TW: Violence, murder, PTSD, torture Guys, I just finished this and I am in shock. This is an action-packed novella with only 100 pages but what a ride. Neuvel continues to amaze me. I don't want to give too much away, because it short so I'll only say this: Neuvel keeps bringing up di...
  • André Oliveira
    Mar 03, 2019
    I read this in one sitting. What happened. To become a citizen of the UK you need to finish a test. Can you pass it? I couldn't stop reading!! The themes and the ideas are so interesting and scary, everything at the same time! Can we have a Black Mirror episode with this story, ...
  • MeaganCM
    Mar 23, 2019
    Clever and imaginative! ...
  • Kate
    Mar 10, 2019
    4.25/5stars This was such a unique and powerful story in such a small little book. It brought up so many psychology questions I?ve asked myself or people ask in hypothetical situations. But the most unique part was it showed how much trauma can affect someone and the consequences ...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    Apr 06, 2019
    The Test by Sylvain Neuvel is this little 100 page, weird ass book revolving around a 25-question British Citizenship Test. Twenty-five questions to decide the main character's fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. It's fast and edgy and basically felt like like an episode of Black Mi...
  • Sara Saif
    Mar 31, 2019
    SO INTENSE, BRO. And also genius. Completely and insanely genius. Sylvain Neuvel is a favorite and there is no doubt left in my heart about this fact. These 165 pages packed a lot of punch. I was horrified and unsettled. I loved how cleverly the writer spins the story and how clever...
  • Sarah
    Mar 06, 2019
    Whoa. As other reviewers have said, this is basically a Black Mirror episode on book form. If that sounds good to you, I recommend this book--and that you go in as blind as possible! ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 05, 2019
    Sylvain Neuvel is one of those authors I?ve had on my TBR for way too long. His work sounds interesting. I only ever see glowing reviews from my bookish friends. But I?ve had a hard time simply committing. I think it?s because Themis Files is a trilogy? I did the same thing with ...
  • شيماء ✨
    Mar 03, 2019
    [Ryan Bergara's voice] This week on Buzzfeed Unsolved we?ll take a look at the disappearance of my emotional stability! The Test surpasses my wildest definitions of fucked-up. I don?t know how yet but I?m going to blame Neuvel for all my problems. Starting with the fact that I...
  • Zainab
    Apr 23, 2019
    It wasn't blow-your-mind kind of good but it wasn't bad. ...
  • may ❀
    Mar 07, 2019
    i was,,,,,,,,,,not expecting that sylvain neuvel is out here trying to ruin my life and make me rethink my convictions, what else is new? honestly this short story was so weirdly messed up but wow was it something. i kind of wish it was written as a full length novel bc i wa...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Apr 08, 2019
    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...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Mar 03, 2019
    (3.75) This novella gave me Black Mirror vibes and if you're looking for something quick and messed up you'll enjoy this! In 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 expect... Personally ...
  • Petrik
    Oct 13, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor.com?in exchange for an honest review. The Test is simple in concept and smart in execution. I?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 en...
  • Konstantin
    Feb 28, 2019
    Esentially Exam meeting Black Mirror and shifting focus from a group of people to an individual. The psychology was interesting but felt superficial; all the 'keys' to the story are revealed way too early on, so sadly I predicted the entire outcome; and there are way too many moment...
  • Kayla Dawn
    Mar 14, 2019
    This was so fucking interesting and it definitely makes you think. ...