Independent Study has ratings and reviews. Khanh, first of her name , mother of bunnies said: In the context of bad sequels, this is Batman a. Independent Study is a remarkable novel that grabs the reader’s attention from the opening page. The second in The Testing trilogy, this novel. The Paperback of the Independent Study (The Testing Trilogy Series #2) by Joelle Charbonneau at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $

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She is accepted into the Government course of study, much to her disappointment. Now, joined by students from the City who did not have to endure the Testing, she must go through a hazing process that forces her to once again rely on her wits to survive. Cia must win an internship to continue on at the University; the alternative will be jndependent death.

Her love sfudy Tomas takes a backseat in the narrative to make way for descriptions of how the factions are fighting for control of the capital and the Testing. The action is fast paced and the story line compelling. Fans won’t have time to wonder why those who run the Testing place such a low value on the lives of their teen charges or why parents have asked so few questions about where their children end up.

Readers will root for the likable and capable heroine. While the adults’ motives are suspect and often inexplicable, Cia struggles to make good decisions, both ethically and intellectually.

Fans of The Testing will be thrilled with this new installment and will be anxiously waiting for the story’s conclusion. Cia is now a first-year student at the University. Her memory of the Testing has been erased, but the messages she left herself in her communicator nurture her unease and distrust as she enters this new phase of her education. Although hoping to study engineering, she is instead assigned to the government studies program, where she distinguishes herself during the induction period.

But what should be a sign of achievement is actually an indication that she is marked as suspect by the professors who control the Testing process. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In the series debut The Testingsixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies.

In Independent StudyCia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers.

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Please try again later. I think I preferred this to the first novel as there are less romantic aspects. It was still a little unfulfilling it terms of Cia’s limited view.

It felt at times a little hollow, as if the novelist was not fully sure how the government works, so used a young girl’s naivety as a cop out to fully explain things. Also, it never really explains why the killing is fully necessary, and why it is so selective, sometimes I wonder, why not just give them other jobs if they’re not capable of being these high achievers?

The Testing 2: Independent Study – Joelle Charbonneau – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

The explanation is a little flippant like it wasn’t fully thought through, so that was explained away by Cia’s limited charbonnwau. This is not a standalone novel. Definitely going to read the last book to see how this circles out. So far this series has me pretty hooked.

Without giving away too much of the plot, this is a dystopian indepednent with a strong female lead. The book is set in a futuristic, post-world war that ravaged and destroyed most of the United States. Areas in the central US are slowly being colonized and re-vitalized to try to make the planet habitable again. The colonies are divided similar to the districts in the Hunger Games, each with their own specific task to improving the earth for humans to thrive.

The brightest children from each colony atudy selected to compete for entrance into the University. This book focuses on Cia Vale and her journey once earning a place among the select elite independet enter University studies. So far the series has not been a predictable read, and I am really enjoying it.

One person found this helpful. This is a fantastic follow-up to Ms. Charbonneau sucks you in immediately, and never lets you go. Her writing is wonderful; full of realistic descriptions that jump off the page, flowing words, and plenty of action and tension.

The story picks shortly after the last book ended, and things are not as they seem. With Cia remembering the things that actually happened during joell Testing, she’s not sure who to trust, or who to turn to. Does she let Tomas in on her secret? Does she try to run? One thing is for sure, what Cia faces throughout charbnoneau book is not what she expected at all. Charbonneau keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, and throws twist after twist at the reader, so they never know what to expect next.

Just when you think you have it figured out Plot twist that shakes things up. Cia is an extremely relatable character, and quite honestly one of my favorite main characters. She is smart, brave, does the right thing stjdy when certain people don’t actually deserve itand she thinks through charbonnezu before making her decisions. She weighs the pros and cons of situations, never rushing into things. Cia slowly realizes that danger lurks everywhere and in everyone, and sometimes the only person charboneau can trust is yourself.


However, there are also times that people surprise you, and you find yourself trusting a person you thought was your enemy. Tomas isn’t as present in this book, in favor of other new characters coming into the story, I do hope that in the next one, Graduation Day, he is in it a bit more.

I definitely missed his character. There are many new characters, and just like Cia, as you’re reading, you don’t know who to trust or atudy. Everyone has an agenda or a motive to be a potential enemy. Charbonnezu action in this novel is nonstop. I loved the Induction part of the novel because it provided some heart-pounding moments. However, the ending blew me away. I thought I had things figured out, but Ms. Charbonneau definitely threw me for a loop! It definitely sets things up for the last book in the series, and changes the events of the next book greatly.

I can’t wait to see where the story goes. I indepndent recommend checking this book out for those who were fans of the first novel. Independnt can be trusted? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Cia is at the University but her testing isn’t over. Her memory has been wiped and she has to rely on the recordings from her brother’s Transit Communicator to figure out what happened during the testing. She knows that Tomas knows what happened to Zandri and that Will cannot be trusted, but now she must meet a whole new group of students from Tosu City, the capital of the United Commonwealth.

For one, they don’t have to go through the Testing. I liked this book but felt it bogged indepedent during the Induction testing.


Induction was very similar to the Testing that the colony kids had to go through in the first book, only less dangerous. It seemed kind of like rehashing it a bit.

Towards the end, I realized the Induction part was necessary to let the readers know who were the good indepebdent and who were the bad guys, as well as other vital information. Cia is so methodical about everything-not just problem solving.

Even in her relationships she thinks things through like a machine.

I hope at least that she can see Tomas’s independdnt of things after having to resort to violence with Damone. She didn’t want to kill so maybe she can forgive Tomas for his part in Zandri’s death. I am looking forward to book three. I still have a lot of questions.