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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.

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Independent Study
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4.7 / 5
February 25th, 2014
'Independent Study', the sequel to 'The Testing' does NOT Disappoint. Joelle Charbonneau has done a masterful job of writing a book that carries with it the same tone, intrigue and emotion that she brought us with 'The Testing'. The second book or sequel (whether part of a Trilogy or Series) is the true test of the Writer's Talent. As Readers, our attention has been caught and our expectations set with the first book. With Trilogy and Series Books gaining popularity against stand alone Novels, Artists/Writers face different challenges in bringing us their Sequels. Charbonneau has surpassed my expectations with her delivery of 'Independent Study'. The storyline in a continuance and not a repetition, yet care was taken to wrap up or incorporate any loose ends from 'The Testing' into this continuance. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to turn the pages faster and faster to know what will happen. The Mark of a True Artist: It seems that in every Sequel there are spatterings throughout re-telling the foundations of the initial Story. If done too often and delivered superficially, it can become an annoyance to readers who have read the Initial Novel. This is where Charbonneau has truly differentiated herself from her peers. She has created the story in a way that actually requires her to re-tell the earlier foundations based on the storyline. At no time do you feel like she is giving you a re-cap from the previous Novel. I am a Huge fan of the The Twilight Saga series and The Hunger Games series, yet I would say that both Authors could take some notes from Charbonneau at the way that she has Masterfully pulled her first Novels' Foundations into its Sequel. The only additional things to add are that I wish they were longer and that I can't believe I have to wait until late summer to find out what happens next.
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January 23rd, 2014
An enjoyable read for someone that likes YA dystopion fantasy/fiction - one of my favorite genres. I read an ARC of this title immediately after finishing The Testing (first book in the series) so the flow from book 1 to book 2 was seamless. I enjoyed the continuation of the story and can hardly wait for the release of book 3, Graduation Day in June.
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Not as good as the first
January 8th, 2014
Good but to short
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