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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. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her. I mean, I really liked it. A LOT. So much so, that Independent Study was one of my most highly anticipated books of — so imagine my glee when I stumbled across an early copy at my local bookstore! You have been warned.

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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. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her. I mean, I really liked it. A LOT. So much so, that Independent Study was one of my most highly anticipated books of — so imagine my glee when I stumbled across an early copy at my local bookstore!

You have been warned. Her first year of studies, however, is plagued by phantom memories of her time during the Testing. Aided by the transponder and secret recorder she received from her older brother Zeen as a parting gift, Cia has access to whispered, desperate messages from herself — a recording of her experiences throughout the Testing.

And unlike her fellow classmates, Cia knows that the cost of failure is death. After finishing her freshman entrance exams, Cia is assigned to an unexpected career path and once again finds herself in a competition to excel, or pay the ultimate price.

This time, though, Cia is prepared for the violent brutality that awaits. Well, that also happens to be the motto for the second book in the Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau, Independent Study.

If you liked The Testing, the violent, manipulative mind games, the literally cutthroat competition to get to the top of the class? You can expect plenty more of the same in book 2. We learn about the tension within the government between the President and the head of the University, the precarious edge upon which the entire country rests with the threat of political upheaval and all-out rebellion.

On a more micro level, we also learn what fate awaits those students who have passed their initial tests and make it to University — after killing just to get in, classes should be a breeze, right?

Hence: more of the same action and stakes as book 1. Independent Study is a curious beast for me, personally. I know that the book is an unabashed Hunger Games copycat — down to the length of the novels, and the package of the books themselves.

Though they both face life or death stakes and have serious trust issues not to mention both are from the literal outer fringes of their respective societies , heroines Cia and Katniss are actually distinctly different creatures.

Cia is to applied physics as Katniss is to archery; Cia internalizes and carefully evaluates the many outcomes of a potential action, while Katniss rashly charges ahead and reacts to the immediate threat. I confess, I adore that about this series, and about protagonist Cia. Think back to the tension of taking midterms and final exams, or preparing for capstones or dissertations — and multiply that by DEATH. The hyperbole is… well, hyperbolic, but I kinda love that exaggeration.

The entire novel hinges on the idea that if the Government and the people? On its face, this seems ridiculous.

HOW does no one in government know what happens during University or the Testing? In order to secure a government position, each official must have graduated from University! No one questions this?

AND I should also mention that while the book has its cheeseball moments melodramatic inner monologuing , I also appreciate that Cia is in a dedicated relationship with love interest Tomas from book one, that the drama that unfolds between them is actually merited, and despite that drama, the two are in love and that is that. The thing about Independent Study and this series overall is, it works.

For me, at least, it works. I love the way this book unfolds, the twist at the end of the novel unexpected and ridiculous but also super cool. Definitely recommended for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent, looking for the next great thrill — with a heroine who kicks ass with math and science. I slide the cool material of my shirt over the five long, jagged scars on my arm and examine myself in the reflector.

Blue, long-sleeved tunic. Gray pants. Silver bracelet with a single star. The star and the smudges of fatigue under my eyes mark me as an entry-level University student. My fellow classmates show similar signs of having studied late into the night for today. After six months of taking the same preliminary classes, all twenty of us will be tested and sorted into the fields of study that will serve as the focus for the rest of our lives. My chest tightens. I used to enjoy taking tests. I liked proving that I had learned.

That I had worked hard. That I was smart. But now I am not sure what is real or what the consequences of a wrong answer will be. While my classmates are concerned about the test affecting the years ahead, I worry I will not survive the day.

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I slide the cool material of my shirt over the five long, jagged scars on my arm and examine myself in the reflector. Blue, long-sleeved tunic. Gray pants. Silver bracelet with a single star. The star and the smudges of fatigue under my eyes mark me as an entry-level University student. My fellow classmates show similar signs of having studied late into the night for today. After six months of taking the same preliminary classes, all twenty of us will be tested and sorted into the fields of study that will serve as the focus for the rest of our lives.

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