Malencia "Cia" Vale is the main protagonist of the Testing Trilogy.
Malencia Vale was born in Five Lakes Colony as the fifth child and first daughter to her parents. She grew up there along with her parents, and older brothers, Zeen, Hamin, Hart, and Win. Cia's parents enrolled her in school a year early and she met her best friend Daileen at age three. She was also acquainted with Tomas Endress, whom she found handsome, but as they got older she drifted away from him. She always dreamed of being chosen for The Testing and being able to attend the University like her father.
When Cia was accepted to the Testing, she was sixteen years old, the youngest of her class. Because of her age, she was always afraid of failure, despite being ahead all of her peers. She attends the Testing with 3 other Five Lakes students: Tomas Endress, Zandri Hicks and Malachi Rourke.
During her graduation day, the awaited Tosu city official that her besfriend Daileen talked about is not present. It crushes her dreams of going to university and achieve things like her father.
The same night, while she was at the colony's center, she is called to meet Michal, the awaited Tosu City official. He was made late by an incident with his sweeper. He tells her that she has been selected for The Testing and that she would leave the following morning.
Hearing the announcement, Cia feels relieved. It is not shared by Zendri Hicks or her father and Zeen. The latter walks away without saying goodbye to Cia. Before leaving, her father tells her of the dreams or bits of memory he has. Telling her how we remembered seing some of his peers dead. Because of that, Cia changes the things she was aloud to take with her. She took two changes of comfortable clothes that allowed her to move freely (unlike most of the other girls, who brought frilly, pretty dresses) , an old pair of boots that used to belong to one of her brothers, a multiple task knife, and Zeen's transmitter.
When entering the Testing she becomes roommates with Ryme Reynald from Dixon Colony of whom she has suspicions about, due to Ryme offering her corn cakes, yet not eating one within three days. When Cia suggested that she did better than Ryme, Ryme hung herself. After that, Cia moved to a different room.
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