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The Test: A Science Fiction Novella [Kindle Edition]

Brad Kearney
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Rossam has come of age to take his country's social class assignment exam; the Physical Fortitude and Intellectual Capacity Test. Many take the test and fail, but Ross won't take failure as an option, and will do everything he can to prove he is worthy of joining the armed forces. However, unforeseeable events test him far more than he could have ever thought possible, as the weight of responsibility for an entire nation pushes Ross to the edge.

"The Test" is Brad Kearney's self-publishing debut. "The Test" is a science fiction novella, at a length of just over 20,000 words. Contains strong language and adult themes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMQLQ3O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read. 22 Mar 2014
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A real page turner..thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to the next one very much. Improved editing would have made it the absolutely perfect quick read but that detracted only very slightly from the enjoyment. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 3 Mar 2014
By Marna
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This got me gripped from the start wondering what was around the corner. The book follows a young man, Ross, on his mission to pass the ultimate military test to secure his life and family status. The book is very well written and descriptive, so much so you are drawn into the book feeling you are about to take the test too. This been the authors first book lays the foundation of more great books from Brad Kearney, he is not an author to be missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neat 10 Mar 2014
By Jett - Published on Amazon.com
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Great concept.

A young man takes the test his country requires to attain status. All people no matter familial affiliation must take the test to see where they will fall in the social structure.
The test is monitored and safe.
You have three tries to pass.
What happens when those taking the test encounter soldiers in a neighboring countries colors and using live ammo?

I wanted to give this 5 stars, but there was something about the syntax that kept distracting me. Generally I don't hold it against an author for minor spelling or syntax errors, but there were almost two voices writing this story. One seemed edited and well thought through, the other seemed a bit choppy, hurried or something.

In no way am I saying I could do as well or better, but the disparities in style or syntax were so startling because the story overall flowed well, There were simply moments where I had to stop and be sure I was still on the same page.

Interesting concept that I am looking forward to finding the time to explore.

I enjoyed the inner turmoil and conflicting emotions of our main character. I really felt like the author had either insight or experience with the majority of emotional conundrums faced through the book!

Overall an enjoyable story and interesting concept.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and quick read. At first predictable but then an unexpected but realistic twist. 23 April 2014
By Tyuses - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the unexpected twists. There were, however, a few unfortunate typos. I look forward to reading his next book
3.0 out of 5 stars Action-filled 14 April 2014
By Prof50000 - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Kearney shows a lot of potential. The novella has a lot of smoothly-written action and plausible emotions. Gripping and surprising.

A few suggestions:

*Possible spoiler warnings*

World-building: Keep deepening this and maybe have a friend read the work from that perspective. While overall well-done, I wasn't sure if this system was entirely plausible/stable. Usually one would expect systems to be manipulated by the already rich. It seemed the nation was committed to more of a fair system for philosophical reasons, but philosophical commitment tends to go out the window when it comes to one's children and their success in life. Unless the philosophy is rooted in a powerful force like religion or some past national trauma (like French Revolution) - if so, give us hints about that. It's a short work but a few words can do a lot.

Along these lines, it wasn't clear if the events of the story were supposed to be a dramatic departure from past tests, and if so, why. If this sort of thing happened all the time, why wouldn't people rebel? There was an army but not a clear repressive mechanism.

Character development: The main character's personality had multiple facets and experienced change. But his end-state is somewhat unresolved, and readers' engagement might be greater if we were given a little more guidance about what had happened to him internally as an *ultimate* result of his experience. He started the story feeling patriotic and seems to end the story that way. But has his naive patriotism crystallized into a more-sinister commitment to fascism? Or have seeds of doubt been planted, that might bloom later? Even if this ends up as a stand-alone story, give us a hint on where you might see the story going. We'll remember the emotion at the end, making us want to read more of your work.

*End spoiler warnings*

Best of luck, keep up the good work.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read 13 April 2014
By Tom Pintong - Published on Amazon.com
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There seems to be so much out there in the dystopian/apocalyptic genre of stories nowadays. While somewhat reminiscent of the Hunger games and others of their ilk, this story stands apart from many of those stories. The Test kept my attention and did not devolve into the same tired plotlines. I would love for the author to expand on this world he has created and find out more.
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