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Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2

Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Joelle Charbonneau
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"Fast-paced and full of crosses and double-crosses, right to the cliffhanger ending."

"Fast-paced and full of crosses and double-crosses, right to the cliffhanger ending."

"A tense, paranoid story in which layers of treachery, deceit, and danger are peeled away one by one. . . Charbonneau makes excellent use of her dystopian theme in a twisty story that hits its mark."
Publishers Weekly

"[A] compelling mix of new lies, double crosses, and increasingly menacing government figures focused on destroying Cia."

"Fans of The Testing will be thrilled with this new installment and will be anxiously waiting for the story's conclusion."
School Library Journal

"Fast-paced and full of crosses and double-crosses, right to the cliffhanger ending."

"A tense, paranoid story in which layers of treachery, deceit, and danger are peeled away one by one. . . Charbonneau makes excellent use of her dystopian theme in a twisty story that hits its mark."
Publishers Weekly

"[A] compelling mix of new lies, double crosses, and increasingly menacing government figures focused on destroying Cia."


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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  • Verlag: HMH Books for Young Readers (7. Januar 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen spannende Fortsetzung von "The Testing" 3. April 2014
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In diesem Band wird die mörderische "Ausbildung" der Auserwählten an der Universität fortgesetzt. Cia und Thomas haben es beide in die nächste Stufe geschafft und studieren mit Feuereifer weiter, nachdem ihre Erinnerungen an das Auswahlverfahren gelöscht wurden. Durch einen Trick gelingt es Cia aber sich wieder an die grässlichen Details während des Tests zu erinnern. Ihr Argwohn gegen die politschen Führer und Leiter an der Universität wird wieder geweckt und sie versucht möglichst unauffällig deren wahren Ziele herauszufinden, ohne dabei ihre Familie in Gefahr zu bringen oder selbst einem heimtückischen Mordanschlag zum Opfer zu fallen. Mit Spannung verfolgt man als Leser, wie sie in einer Welt der totalen Überwachung, ohne genau zu wissen wer ihr Freund oder Feind ist, versucht das Rätsel zu lösen. Und nicht nur einmal entpuppen sich die Charaktere der handelnden Personen als ganz anders, als man es erwartet.....
Für Freunde der "Tribute von Panem" sicher ebenso empfehlenswert! Ich selbst warte bereits gespannt auf den 3. Teil - "Graduation Day"
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5.0 von 5 Sternen you have to read this book 13. Februar 2014
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I love this book! The way how the story is written by J. Charbonneau is amazing. Interesting story, sympatic protagonist and overwhelm feelings
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This is not the fantastic sequel to a fantastic book. This is like waking up, going to the bathroom and seeing a female doppelgänger of Heath Ledger ‘The Joker’ in the mirror instead of your usual face, mascara and lipstick inches away from where they were supposed to stay according to the ads and the money you spent on them and an enormous new pimple on your forehead just to make it perfect.

Independent Study is the same disappointment Laura Bickle’s The Outside (The Hallowed Ones #2) felt like: a 4/5-star-wow-that-was-awesome first installment followed by a 1-star-what-the-f***-just-happened sequel.

One of the disturber is the subliminal slut shaming
There is one woman only, the President of the United Commonwealth, that isn’t portrayed negatively, but she sports no female attributes either

The president stands seven inches taller than I. Her face is long and angular. Not what most would call beautiful. But the almond-shaped brown eyes and strong jaw would draw attention anywhere … there is nothing maternal about President Collindar’s appearance or voice. Both carry a shimmer of absolute authority.

All other female characters in this story are outright mean, cold, conniving, giggling and simply all of them can’t be trusted. Even the one that comes as close as possible to be a friend like Stacia who spends a lot of time with Cia, can’t be trusted because of that cold smile.

Stacia: “Only a handful of people have the ability to shape their lives and the lives of those around them. To become one of those people, I have to prove I can do whatever is necessary to succeed.” She laughs. “So I will.” Her laugh makes me flinch. It’s cold and practical. Hard. Determined.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gripping sequel 30. Januar 2014
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I liked this second book of the "The Testing"-Series quite a lot. Cia has to face new challenges and to find out who she can trust and who might be an enemy.
Although the story kept me hooked, I think it's a typical "in between"-book in a trilogy. There's some development of the story, but all in all it's kind of a variation of the challenges in book 1. The same can be said about Cia: though she matures a bit and gets some new insight, she doesn't change much from the incorruptible character she already was in the first book.
There are some new characters, but they stay quite two-dimensional.
Yet on the whole this is a gripping sequel and definitely worth reading! And I'm really interested to find out how the story will end, so I'm looking forward to the final book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Does Cia seem a little TOO smart to anyone else? 7. Januar 2014
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This is a really good Second Book and keeps the heartbeat pumping as Cia and Will (who tried to kill her in book one) try to pass the dangerous Induction into their new training. Tomas is still in the story, but has a much more minor role since he is not assigned to the same specialty department as Cia. I missed Tomas whose role is even smaller in this book. I am all for strong female characters, but poor Tomas is outshined by Cia on all fronts. She just might be too much woman for him - or any guy, really.

Cia finds her brother Zeen's transit Communicator in her possession and remembers how to turn on the mechanism that has recorded her message to herself. She wanted to remind herself of the atrocities that happened during the testing including Will's violence and her suspicion about Tomas's part in Zandri's death since she knew her memories would be erased. At first she doesn't want to believe that what she recorded is true, but as she starts having nightmares that seem so real, she starts to remember.

"Thinking something is true doesn't make it so; Perception is almost as important as reality".

In her new department, Ian is her mentor and seems to be a good guy full of integrity and wanting to help her. Will is also in her group and while she is wary of him, she is happy to have someone she knows at her side. There are many new students from Tosu City that didn't have to go through the Testing who are given favorable treatment because they are locals. While they didn't have to go through the Testing, they are also not prepared that their "Induction" can be lethal and that failure means death or Redirection, as those in charge like to call it. Cia is determined to find ways to help the resistance (the gray haired man from the fence) and help abolish the horrible Testing methods.

"It was believed this separation of powers of powers would prevent the detrimental politics of the past from intruding on the government of the future. Instead, it gave the head of Testing and his staff autonomy to run the Testing without oversight or retribution from the central government. In short, dr. Barnes is free to run the Testing as he sees fit, and under the current law, those who challenge him could be arrested for treason".

The one area that needs work is Cia and Tomas's romance which isn't any more exciting than it was in book one. They are happily in love, but when Cia realizes that there are too many secrets between them, she backs away. Cia is always the smartest one in the group, and while she is strong and independent, she is also a little too incredible. She easily solves difference equations and knows what viscoelasticity is and figures out all the lessons the Induction is trying to teach: teamwork, trust, government procedure and failure. She is NEVER wrong. At least, Tomas seems to be smart enough to exist on his own and hide his own secrets.

While Cia is quite incredible, I really enjoy this dystopia and can't wait for the next book. It is inventive, threatening, and amazing. I highly recommend it.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not As Good As The Testing 6. März 2014
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Let me start off by saying that Joelle Charbonneau The Testing is right up there with The Hunger Games! I got bold and asked the publisher if they had any review copies of the next series installment and was thankful when they mailed me Independent Study.

That being said, I hope that this review is not too disappointing. However, to be truthful, Independent Study was not as good as The Testing.

The Testing was so good it would have received a five star rating, but just like so many other trilogies, it does not give the story or answer the nagging question, “How did we get here?” Independent Study finally gives the reader insight. This information should be chapter one, first in a series reading. Just so everyone can understand, I’ve explained this here:

The Four Stages of War involved various governments inflicting each other. The next Three Stages was the earth fighting back against the chemicals and other destructive forces, such as earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. After the damage was done, the United Commonwealth had been working to rebuild for the past one hundred years.

Leaders chose the city of Wichita, Kansas (renamed Tosu City) as the starting point in the revitalization process.

I was always wondering where Tosu City was in The Testing and now we finally get the picture that when the government officials dropped Cia and the others off in Chicago, they were forced to find their way all the way back to Wichita, Kansas!

Why my three star rating

My main thing that I hope to get across to publishers and authors is that when it comes to trilogies, there needs to be a sufficient story to warrant stretching the plot across two additional books. From a business perspective, trilogies are trendy, which brings profits to the author as their loyal fans grab up the latest installment in their series. But as a reader I’ve noticed too many times that trilogies rehash the same problems. I have spent hours reading blogs and book reviews and find that others are voicing the same complaint.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games part two) suffered from what I call the “copy and paste” syndrome. Katniss was in the games in both book one and two. The same happened to Independent Study. Cia was being tested in books one and two of the series.

A second book should make you want to come back for the series final. Even TV follows a psychological formula for this. Here is a link that explains this (authors of dystopia take note): [...]

There is also another issue that happens with the second book in a series; it gets into a slump. Independent Study suffers from this because (1) there is no action and (2) a large part of the book focuses on an Induction test that the senior college students and school officials make the newcomers go through. Cia and her team basically go hunting for tasks that must be completed by their team. All task areas are found by clues left for each team. I just find this a bit odd that officials would mandate such a thing.

In closing I want to say that I know this author can write better because Cia in The Testing is definitely a role model for teens. The last eighty pages of Independent Study finally had some action prepping for the series final, Graduation Day. Despite the slump of Independent Study, the virtues of Cia still make it a recommended read. Hopefully the publishers will grace me a copy of the final book in the trilogy.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A perfect, invincible heroine is not very interesting. 7. Januar 2014
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I was feeling optimistic near the beginning of Independent Study, as it is packed with action. Cia and the other students in the Testing program are split up into teams in a Survivor-style test of mental and physical challenges, but these have the added element of being potentially fatal. The competitions were quite clever and fun to read, although I still can’t figure out why the administrators go to such length to pick out potential leaders from among the best and the brightest, only to risk killing many of them. Nevertheless, the story’s flaws soon became apparent, beginning with Cia. This girl is infallible. She’s smarter than everyone else. She sees what no else can see. She deduces what no one else can deduce. She succeeds where everyone else fails miserably. I have no idea why the author decided to portray her like this, because when we know ishe is always going to come out on top, no matter what obstacles are in her way, why should we care about her? And despite her ability to win at everything in life, Cia still manages to be horribly dull and uninteresting.

If Cia’s superhuman intelligence wasn’t enough, she’s got a large group of supporting characters to help her out. She’s always in the right place at the right time to witness or overhear critical events and conversations. When that’s not possible, a character steps out and delivers a ten minute monologue to catch Cia up to speed. Potential allies seek her out even before she can identify them. The bad guys make their evil intentions known early and loudly.

But if Cia is so smart, why does she make dumb decisions when it comes to defending her life? She does everything possible to avoid engaging in violence, even when someone is trying to kill her. Only when she is actually moments from death will she finally make the most meager of attempts to defend herself. But this is presented as a symbol of Cia’s goodness, rather than as an example of nearly fatal stupidity. Even then, she can’t quite finish the job, and someone else must step in to finish the attacker while Cia is consumed with guilt and regret.

I probably could have saved myself some trouble and skipped ahead to the ending of the book, because an event in the last couple of pages negates much of the plot, forcing a reset for the third book. It also gives off VERY heavy whiffs of the ending of Catching Fire, and when I read the Goodreads synopsis for Graduation Day, it seems clear that it’s positioned to be a sorry retread of Mockingjay.

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I didn't even know it was the end 11. Februar 2014
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as I was reading, I was turning the pages so quickly, chapter after chapter that when I read the final words I was in shock for a minute that there was no more. It is the type of ending that makes you crave the next book. Via is a wonderful character, and I can't wait to read the challenges she faces in the next book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Test Results: Pass - Solid Sequel 5. Februar 2014
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That was a short wait! I just finished The Testing a few months ago! That doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does I get overly excited.

Despite what other reviewers have said, I don’t think this series is “just another dystopia.” What makes The Testing and Independent Study so great is Cia. Her intelligence, her cunning, and especially her desire for truth.

So far, that has been enough to happily drive me through these books and what makes it set apart from The Hunger Games and Divergent. There is more political maneuvering and strategy than either of those books, and it gives Independent Study an added edginess and grittiness.

You know when you’re reading about Cia’s experiences at Tosu that there’s always more at stake – a fact she can never shake herself. Just when she thinks she’s safe and can trust again, something happens that rips the veil of protection and well-being even further away.

Independent Study was definitely a strong follow-up. I appreciated the change of scene, the distance from Tomas (oh he’s there, but more out of reach) and the shifting surprises that were well-timed and well-played.

I’m hoping the final book takes a different turn because a few elements were similar from the first book in Independent Study. And, although they were reimagined, hitting that note again would definitely be tiresome.

Having had my heart pummeled quite recently by Allegient, I can’t help but be wary of the third Testing book, Graduation Day.
Will all my faves die? Will there be a realistic yet hopeful conclusion? Or will chaos and loss win the day?!?!

The best part is, we don’t have to wait long to find out. Graduation Day is set to publish June 17. Of this year! Shocked? Me too!
I’m not complaining and that’s for sure.


I’m committed to see this series through. Not that I have had any trouble devouring the first two books. I’m simply cautious about how the final book in this thrilling dystopia will all play out. This killer sequel had me hooked from the get-go. Cia is everything you could want in a strong heroine, and with more cunning and cleverness than most. Independent Study was a very strong sequel, and I wait without patience for the conclusion of the series.
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