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  • Protaganist: Cia
  • Antagonist: Dr Barnes
  • Theme
  • This is Malencia Vale, but she goes by Cia. Cia is characterized as courageous, motivated and intelligent. Author Joelle Charbonneau characterizes Cia as a round character, because of her personality developed, as well as her strengths and weaknesses being shown.  Lastly, she undergoes a personality change from a content school girl, to a ferocious competitor in the biggest competition of the time; as a result, she is a static character.
  • Symbol: Malencia becomes Cia
  • Dr Barnes is the head of the University and the head of the Testing. Dr Barnes is intelligent, objective, but abusive of his power. Dr Barnes is a flat character because his personality isn't well developed in the story. Since his personality isn't well developed originally, and he doesn't undergo any changes in his personality, he would be considered a dynamic character.
  • Foreshadowing
  • The theme of theme of this story is that in order to complete a goal you need to really want it, and you are willing to work your hardest to complete it. This shown by Cia in the Testing, because it has been Cia's goal to complete the testing, and to graduate University. This picture shows Cia at the start line, and in order to get to Dr Barnes at the finish line, she needs to go through a  tiger, which represents struggle. 
  • Suspense
  • In this story, Malnecia tells Michael that her name is Cia. "Cia. My name is Cia" (Charbonneau 51). The changing of her name symbolizes the new her, from the calm and content school girl, to a vicious competitor who is willing to kill in order to achieve her goal. This is also where she realizes that she needs to give 100% effort in order to achieve her goal. 
  • In this scene, a tree blows up as soon as Cia lets her guard down. "For the first time today, I feel a sense of relief. Then the world explodes." (Charbonneau 169). This quote is used towards the start of the violent competition, and shows how the rest of the test is going to be excruciating and ver violent.The author probably used an explosion, because explosions are bright, loud and painful, and there fore would get the point across better.
  • This book contains a lot of suspense due to all the intense life or death situations. One example of suspense is when they're waiting for test results, "My fingers fumble with the paper. It takes me several tries before I can read the single word printed in bold black print in the center." (Charbonneau 317). I think this quote shows suspense the best, because the whole book is about Cia trying to reach this point,and the suspense is well written. 
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