Thursday, September 17, 2015

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

 Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
2013, HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Book 2 of The Testing

Synopsis: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia 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. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

The Good: I'm always wary of middle of a trilogy books. I've been let down more often than not. Totally not the case here with Independent Study. Joelle Charbonneau blows this installment right out of the park. Big things happen in Independent Study. This book has action, really emotional events, important plot progression, everything that makes a sequel essential. Cia is sort of annoying at times, but it's realistic given everything that's going on around her. We got a bunch of answers to questions, but even more questions have arisen, making me super excited for the next book.

The Bad: Not a thing.

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