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Independent Study

Independent Study Book Cover Independent Study
The Testing, Book 2
Joelle Charbonneau
Juvenile Fiction
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Now a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas, Cia Vale attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government's grueling and deadly Testing put her and her loved ones in great danger.



My feelings on “Independent Study” are torn.  On the one hand, it lacks the quick pace and immersive feel of “The Testing”.  On the other, the character development is excellent and sets up for what I hope is a great finale.

There is quite a bit of action packed into the first half of the book, introducing us to new characters and elaborating on others in a sort of “trial by fire” way.  The theme of distrust continues more questions are brought to light about the government and university.  All of that is interesting.

The major flaw in the book is that Cia seems to be superhuman.  There is no problem she can’t solve. She is singled out by multiple groups and people as showing progress, yet there seems to be nothing she has that others in the student body do not also possess.  It’s off-putting  and mars what is an otherwise interesting premise.  The finale has the potential to be great if the Cia situation is somewhat resolved.


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