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Title: Independent Study
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Published January 7th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780547959207
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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 governm 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.

30 review for Independent Study

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    In the context of bad sequels, this is Batman and Robin kind of terrible. How on earth did a series go so wrong from one book to the next? My opinion of this series has changed so much in this book that I feel like I should go back to the first book to see if I had made a monumental error in rating it so highly. Did I miss something outrageously bad in the first book? Was I so blinded? How does a series go from a 5 in one book to a 2 in the sequel? The Summary: This is the sequel to The Testing, i In the context of bad sequels, this is Batman and Robin kind of terrible. How on earth did a series go so wrong from one book to the next? My opinion of this series has changed so much in this book that I feel like I should go back to the first book to see if I had made a monumental error in rating it so highly. Did I miss something outrageously bad in the first book? Was I so blinded? How does a series go from a 5 in one book to a 2 in the sequel? The Summary: This is the sequel to The Testing, in which a group of carefully selected students compete in a Hunger Games type of survival competition to determine who will win entrance to the prestigious University in Tosu City. Cia is our main character, she is a winner, one of a handful who survived the rigorous, dangerous Testing. Her memories of The Testing has been erased, the process of the Testing is so secretive that nobody is allowed to remember what has happened. Only Cia does. Through a concealed device, Cia has recorded what happened during the Testing, she remembers the betrayals, the murders, the competition. She knows that her friends, smiling at her in the hallways of the University are willing to be as cutthroat as possible to win placement to the University. One of them is her current boyfriend, Tomas. A year has passed, and Cia is now in the University, she has been selected to enter a highly prestigious leadership program. As is the case with any competitive educational programs, the competition is brutal. To top it off, Cia is now aware of an underground rebellion taking place against the Testing program. She is unwittingly dragged into the rebellion. The Plot: What plot? I'm sorry, was there a secret rebellion plot? The book serves one purpose, and one purpose only: to show how completely fucking brilliant and perfect and amazing Cia is in every conceivable way. LET'S KILL OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST: I'm just fucking sick of dystopians that seem to think "IT'S THE FUTURE. OUR NATION HAS COLLAPSED! LET'S CHOOSE THE VERY BEST OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND GRADUALLY KILL THEM OFF. MAY THE BEST ONE WIN!" makes perfect fucking sense. What. The. Fuck? Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK? The United States is gone. There have been stages of war. Nuclear war, devastation of natural resources, collapse of the government. This has resulted in mutants, a general lack of resources and agriculture. There are now small, scattered colonies throughout the United States, including Cia's colony, which has 1023 citizens. 1023 citizens. Sure. Let's just KILL OFF SEVERAL OF THE BEST YOUNG PEOPLE. Right. The Testing procedure, I understand. Ok, survival of the best and the brightest. Up to a certain extent, it's understandable. After the Testing...killing off MORE people who get bad grades? No. That doesn't make any fucking sense. His head lolls back. His braids drag on the ground. I wait for Obidiah to sit up. He doesn’t. I look for the rise and fall of his chest, but there is nothing. He is gone. Redirected. Dead. If I am not careful, I will be too. There are NOT a whole lot of fucking people left in the United Commonwealth. It makes NO fucking sense to kill off the youngest, the most intelligent, the ones with the most to contribute to society. This book tries to sell the fact that it's hard to govern a nation that's too large. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Look at fucking China, India, the current United States. Granted, not the best of governments, but people still live, people still manage to survive, most can still make a living. No goverment is perfect, no nation is perfect, no matter how large, how small. And you expect us to believe that it's ok to kill off the best young people in a nation of, perhaps, several hundred thousand, BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO GOVERN A LARGE COUNTRY? Especially when you can just erase their memory? No. Fuck no. I'm not a fucking idiot. Now I Ain't Sayin' She's a Mary Sue...: But Cia is so fucking bloody perfect. Shit would turn into flowers if you flung it at her head. "You figured out the purpose of the final test faster than anyone expected. Professor Holt and Dr. Barnes were disturbed by how quickly you recognized the insolvability of the task. Dr. Barnes said The Testing demonstrated that one of your greatest strengths is your willingness to trust your intuition." Cia is a genius, awe-inspiringly flawless in every conceivable way. Her intelligence is legendary. The students at the University take pre-emptive tests to see how many classes they can handle. The more classes, the better, the more intelligent the student. Everyone has but a few classes. Cia has nine. "Your scores were quite impressive.” She takes a sheet of gray recycled paper off the table next to her. “Because of your high examination marks, your class list is more challenging than the others." During our Early Studies semester, every student was assigned five courses. This schedule has me attending nine. She not only has nine classes, she excels at every single one. Cia passes every single challenge. She remembers ancient governing procedures whose incredibly obscure rules allow her to pass a test that nobody else can. At the end of that lesson, my teacher mentioned an antiquated law that said any citizen may request a hearing on the Debate Chamber floor. Due to that tremendously obscure law that NOBODY ELSE BUT CIA KNOWS, she is able to singlehandedly pass that challenge. Fails at Failing: Even her failures are spectacular...which is to say, when Cia chooses to fail, it is the right thing to do in that circumstance, because she was MEANT to fail. Cia is so good at everything, she knows when failure will equate winning.“We’re not going to beat it.” I nod at the cluster of observers across the way. “They don’t expect us to, so there’s no point in giving them the satisfaction of seeing us try and come up short.”And of course, she's right! Failing is the right way to do things because Cia just so fucking magical and perfect. She is praised for knowing when to fail. “This task was designed to be insurmountable.” Professor Holt takes the markers and gives me a small smile. “Ian was told to engage the bridge when we deduced that Cia had figured out that solution.” And then SHE DOES IT AGAIN. Like what the actual FUCK? And I understand. This wasn’t a test I was supposed to pass. Just like the final task during the Induction, this was an assignment designed for failure. The president wants me to learn that just because something is created by people in power doesn’t mean it is to be trusted. It's one thing to be perfect, it's another thing to be so fucking perfect that even your failures are designed to highlight how fucking awesome you are for fucking figuring every single little itty bitty detail out. Spare me. Magical Leadership!: Cia is so bloody perfect that everyone wants her. She *wails* Nooooooooooooooo! when she's chosen to be a leader. Because of all the fucking BRILLIANT students at the university, nobody is better designed to lead than Cia, right? Let me explain the University. It is like the fucking Harvard of the future, if Harvard requires both intelligence, physical ability, and skills, and its students are willing to literally murder one another for better grades, you get the drift. Ok, maybe not. I've been told that it is pretty much murder to get a better grade than your peers at Harvard...but I digress. My point is that all the students at the University are tremendously capable, are intellectually brilliant, are completely amazing learners, leader in every way. How else could they have passed the Testing? But out of all of these awe-inspiring, brilliant students, Cia is single-handedly selected to be the best, the brightest. She is hand-selected by the President of the United Commonwealth to be her intern. "After discussing your Testing results and academic achievements with Dr. Barnes and Professor Holt, I asked that you be assigned to intern in my office." The president’s smile widens. “My office has never been included in the University internship program." Just fucking awesome. The President has never had an intern before, and has never had interest in an intern before...until Cia. Brilliant. Insidious Girl Hate: There is no slut shaming, but there is a very strong current of distrust and sly undertones of hate towards the other women in this book. The females in this book, the very brilliant, very capable females, I must mention, are all portrayed as stone-cold, emotionless bitches. Her close friend, Stacia, is cold. Hard. Determined. Cia is much the same, but somehow, Stacia's determination is portrayed as BAD whereas we're supposed to sympathize with Cia. Her laugh makes me flinch. It’s cold and practical. Hard. Determined. Stacia is smart, but I’ve often wondered if it’s these other traits that helped her survive The Testing. She sees competition in other girls, Cia always see something underlying in a common gesture of courtesy. Himani’s smile is bright, but something about the narrowing of her eyes reminds me of a cat stalking a field mouse. A girl is "sharp," even when compared to a friendly, smiling boy. Rawson’s trio is completed by a sweet-faced boy named Enzo and a girl with sharp features called Juliet. Cia seems to think so much better of the guys than she does her fellow female students. Boys are always described with so much more kindness than other females. His face is thin and narrow. His smile warm and angelic. Trustworthy. Boys remind her of her brothers, girls are conniving bitches. In his fitted black pants, shiny black boots, and deep purple shirt, Ian is more than a little imposing. Until he grins. The sternness disappears, replaced by an exuberance that makes me think of my brother Win. Red lips. Evil. Scary. The marks of an evil witch that is noted quite pointedly. Even a respected professor is not immune to thecharge. Her hair is slicked off her face. Her scarlet-painted lips curl into an expression of geniality as she addresses those of us assembled here who are in her charge. Terrifying. Dressed in deep crimson, Professor Holt stands near the fireplace. Lips that match the color of her jumpsuit are curved into a smile. Other girls are giggly, pampered, spoiled. Why paint the University as the penultimate institute of education if you're going to put in dumb female character to be insidiously noted by Cia?Not even the President of the United Commonwealth, the most powerful woman in the country, is immune to being painted in a bad light. She is cold, unmaternal, inhuman in her iciness. 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. Almost all the United Commonwealth presidents have been female. It has been argued that women are less aggressive, more maternal, and thus more focused on the well-being of the country’s people. Less focused on politics or power. Perhaps this is true, but there is nothing maternal about President Collindar’s appearance or voice. Both carry a shimmer of absolute authority. There are many men whom Cia trusts in this book. The same cannot be said about the women. I completely hate the attitude that there can only be one bright, prevailing female presence in a book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathylill

    This is not the fantastic sequel to a fantastic book. This is like waking up next to the guy you met the night before (and who then seemed sexy and attractive) after the alcohol glamour is wearing of, monster headaches cloud your mind and you see that he looks nothing like Brad Pitt, not even remotely. It’s 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 w This is not the fantastic sequel to a fantastic book. This is like waking up next to the guy you met the night before (and who then seemed sexy and attractive) after the alcohol glamour is wearing of, monster headaches cloud your mind and you see that he looks nothing like Brad Pitt, not even remotely. It’s 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-fuck-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. Stacia is smart, but I’ve often wondered if it’s these other traits that helped her survive The Testing. Himanbi Biseck, a dark-skinned girl, is described having a bright smile, "but something about the narrowing of her eyes reminds me of cat stalking a field mouse". Kit, one of the other Testing candidates, tosses her waist-length hair and smiles, amused and smug. Professor Holt, Cia’s adversary, has attributes of a bloody snake, with her hair slicked off her face and the scarlet-painted lips curling or curved into a smile. Why does Cia need to feel superior or better why DOES she feel inferior to other females? Why does the author feel the necessity to single Cia out? I don't know. But even if there was one other kind AND pretty female character it wouldn’t take away from Cia as our main character. Since when is it socially unacceptable to dress up and put on red lipstick or have waist-long hair? The whole intention of this book is to set Cia up as Leader If nothing happens to alter Symon’s plans, my brother, the rebels, and hundreds of selected Testing candidates will die. Dr. Barnes and his team will win. I refuse to let that happen. But the only way to stop it is to create a new rebellion. A rebellion free of Dr. Barnes’s control. For that, I will have to step up and be the leader the University is teaching me to be. Deep in my heart, I hear Michal’s voice whisper the words: "You’re smart, Cia. You’re strong. There are people like me on your side who know you can make it. Please, prove I’m right." No other character in this book qualifies to lead: not the “helpless” president, or her boyfriend Tomas, not even the leader of the resistance Symon. Face-to-face with Cia’s awesomeness, her specialness, her outstanding superiority it’s a wonder water doesn’t immediately turn to wine. Please wait while I worship the ground she’s walking on. She is really that speshul. Self-doubt and thoughts of suicide - she can overcome it in 5 sentences. Our Cia can overcome fear and terror simply by dreaming to shatter ice walls. Hopeless situation? Haven’t you learned by now? There is no hopeless situation for Cia because there is always something her brother, her father or her teacher told her, some reclusive childhood memory she can relate to even in the middle of danger. She just closes her eyes and thinks. She is the child of Vicky the Viking and MacGyver. And if not then there is still the BAG. I hated that fucking bag. She packs and repacks that bag at least a thousand times. If she goes out of campus for 2 hours she packs several loaves of bread, apples and pears and even a change of clothes. She is that outstanding that the University gives her 9 classes whereas all other students have 5 or six. She is that extraordinary that even the goddamn President of the United Commonwealth wants her, and only her. It’s a wonder she doesn’t poop rainbows and shit sparkly diamonds. I would expect nothing less from her. President Collindar speaks before I can wonder what the reference means. “I was intrigued when we met during your Induction. Of all the students who came into the Debate Chamber, you were the only one who recited the request without error and the only female who made the attempt for her team. Taking that kind of risk in public is often more difficult for women than men. (…) But a girl like you, Malencia, a girl who is willing to risk embarrassment and possible failure by taking control of the Debate Chamber floor will be more likely to tell me what I need to know.” Hold on a minute while I gag. Everybody needs her ergo nobody is save from her. She is THE HERO and saves the day every fucking time. Cia is so great she doesn’t need help. She even persuades Tomas, her boyfriend, with a kiss ("I put all my love in the kiss and I know he will do as I ask") to leave her in order to do the dangerous stuff alone, because "she is smaller and faster and will be safer on her own." The rest of the book made no sense It would have been pretty interesting to see Cia and Tomas trying to understand the machinations behind The Testing, their first contact to the resistance and also finding like-minded students. But Tomas is for the most part not present, we are being told not shown about the resistance, the conspiracies and the political background. Like-minded students? Maybe there are some, but “YOU CAN’T TRUST THEM” and they are sure as death not female. I disliked this book so much.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    As a sequel to the Testing, this book is just as amazing. The tests and challenges laid in this story become even more impossible and extremely dangerous as the main characters go through the tests as official university students because this time, the students have to go through the tests while trying to attend every class in their respective fields. They may be already admitted as university students but that does not mean they are safe from severe and life changing punishment of failing a tes As a sequel to the Testing, this book is just as amazing. The tests and challenges laid in this story become even more impossible and extremely dangerous as the main characters go through the tests as official university students because this time, the students have to go through the tests while trying to attend every class in their respective fields. They may be already admitted as university students but that does not mean they are safe from severe and life changing punishment of failing a test. Deeper discoveries and truths get revealed in this book including the whole concept behind the so called university and its role in the society.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    A friend was kind enough to send me her advance copy of this book, the sequel to my new favorite dystopian series (and perhaps book of 2013), The Testing. There's been a pattern with a lot of the dystopian series titles to fall off in quality significantly in the second book in the series (looking at you specifically, Divergent). Not so with Independent Study. Taking place not long after The Testing, where Cia is now in the University, taking classes, and otherwise trying to keep her head down wh A friend was kind enough to send me her advance copy of this book, the sequel to my new favorite dystopian series (and perhaps book of 2013), The Testing. There's been a pattern with a lot of the dystopian series titles to fall off in quality significantly in the second book in the series (looking at you specifically, Divergent). Not so with Independent Study. Taking place not long after The Testing, where Cia is now in the University, taking classes, and otherwise trying to keep her head down while solving the issues in front of her. Of course, as one would expect from a dystopian totalitarian government, they're...kind of on to her. The good news is that the rebel faction is making inroads in the government, and Cia's the next best hope. The Testing was great not because it broke a lot of new ground, because it didn't, but because it took the dystopian template created in The Hunger Games and Divergent and perfected it. Is Independent Study as good as The Testing? Probably not, but it's different - it relies less on violence and force and more on the thinking processes in order to ensure survival. It abandons the mystery of a bunch of kids fighting over one goal to a larger political conspiracy, which is right down my alley anyway. Even with the template being pretty standard boilerplate, it succeeds in throwing a few curveballs. This is a great, great page turner. That the final book isn't due for close to a year is heartbreaking, and I'm hoping I can get my hands on the third book early as I did the first two, because waiting is going to be very difficult. Add this to your lists, and get ready for it when it's finally out, because you're not going to want to miss out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Maniacup

    This is indeed a great continuation of the first book! It may not be as action packed as the first one,and a bit slower,but there were heart-pounding moments(especially on the Testing games they went through once again). In this book,Cia and Tomas,along with their fellow freshmen Colony students/candidates were about to meet the students of Tosu when they were sent to University in Tosu City. In this new environment,Cia gained new friends and perhaps,some enemies that she's struggling to decide w This is indeed a great continuation of the first book! It may not be as action packed as the first one,and a bit slower,but there were heart-pounding moments(especially on the Testing games they went through once again). In this book,Cia and Tomas,along with their fellow freshmen Colony students/candidates were about to meet the students of Tosu when they were sent to University in Tosu City. In this new environment,Cia gained new friends and perhaps,some enemies that she's struggling to decide who to trust,and who to fear now that things got more political. I loved how JOELLE CHARBONNEAU fashioned this into a very intriguing plot,and I really think this is an interesting next step in this series. The twist at the ending blew me away,and I don't know if I'm gonna get over it..unless,I'd get on to its final book now!:)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kassidy

    Not much better than the first one, this book is pretty much what I expected. This series is almost like dystopia brain candy. It's just fun and entertaining, but not much substance. The main character, Cia, is just too perfect, but not in a good way! She never does anything wrong and doesn't have any flaws, this gets kinda annoying, it's unrealistic, and I can't connect to her. She is an ok character to read about, and it's interesting how she figures out all of the tests, but there's not much m Not much better than the first one, this book is pretty much what I expected. This series is almost like dystopia brain candy. It's just fun and entertaining, but not much substance. The main character, Cia, is just too perfect, but not in a good way! She never does anything wrong and doesn't have any flaws, this gets kinda annoying, it's unrealistic, and I can't connect to her. She is an ok character to read about, and it's interesting how she figures out all of the tests, but there's not much more to her. Another thing that bothers me about this book is that it doesn't allow you to ask any questions for yourself. Cia asks SO MANY questions in her narration, so therefore, the reader doesn't get to really think about anything. Cia just asks the questions for you. It's like the author wants to make sure you know what you should be questioning and thinking about. It gets a little aggravating and I feel like I'm being babied in a way.. The plot and world is fairly intriguing, but nothing super unique. There are a few cool twists, but nothing that left me speechless. Don't even get me started on the "romance", if you can even call it that. That aspect of the book just weirds me out.. This series is good if you love dystopia and want something light, entertaining, and fast. There is not much else to it. I will read the next book because I do find the plot interesting and I want to know what happens.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellie M

    Recieved an ARC from The Book Twirps giveaway :) I had the same problem with the second book as I had with the first- Cia is the bestest most brightest person in the world. Seriously. She is surrounded by the most brightest students in the country. And yet she is FAR superior. If the brightest were ranked a 10 out of 10. She's be a 100. If you're going to writes a book about everyone being smart, you have to make everyone actually smart. The only time other student's show that they're smart is if they Recieved an ARC from The Book Twirps giveaway :) I had the same problem with the second book as I had with the first- Cia is the bestest most brightest person in the world. Seriously. She is surrounded by the most brightest students in the country. And yet she is FAR superior. If the brightest were ranked a 10 out of 10. She's be a 100. If you're going to writes a book about everyone being smart, you have to make everyone actually smart. The only time other student's show that they're smart is if they're working against Cia. But it rarely happens because Cia is the only smart person in the whole university of giftedly smart students. I love the world and plot and characters. But Cia just seems Way too OP (Over powered) in the intelligence department. I found myself skimming large amount of this book when Cia droned on like a science teacher explaining why she knew everything in the world. I don't need a page long explanation of why the pink poison ivy plant is bad. I'll read the last book because I like the PLOT. But I'll most likely be skimming huge chunks and pages when Cia goes into teacher mode.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    A good second book. Our heroine Cia continues to dazzle all with her smarts and her intuition, which saves her and her teammates time and again. Having passed the Testing (Book One), Cia and Will (who tried to kill her in book one) are assigned to the Government specialty department. Cia is selected to lead a team, after solving her first challenge there. Surprisingly, she chooses some local Tosu City ahead of some classmates from her territory. Cia is not trusted, and is saddled with the heavie A good second book. Our heroine Cia continues to dazzle all with her smarts and her intuition, which saves her and her teammates time and again. Having passed the Testing (Book One), Cia and Will (who tried to kill her in book one) are assigned to the Government specialty department. Cia is selected to lead a team, after solving her first challenge there. Surprisingly, she chooses some local Tosu City ahead of some classmates from her territory. Cia is not trusted, and is saddled with the heaviest course-load and an internship with the President of the Commonwealth. She gets caught in the middle of a political battle, and has to use all of her skills and wits to survive. Not quite as good as the first book, mostly because Cia is too perfect in this one, but I look forward to reading the conclusion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Joelle Charbonneau has written another enticing read that is filled to the brim with exictement and action and stabbed me in the gut, time and time again. With everything a good dystopian should be, Joelle Charbonneau has continued to raise the stakes and expand this brilliant world. The questions this book raises are so thought-provoking and powerful, and I love the ease at which they are incorporated into the plot. The stakes are raised in Independent Study to a new high, and I was completely e Joelle Charbonneau has written another enticing read that is filled to the brim with exictement and action and stabbed me in the gut, time and time again. With everything a good dystopian should be, Joelle Charbonneau has continued to raise the stakes and expand this brilliant world. The questions this book raises are so thought-provoking and powerful, and I love the ease at which they are incorporated into the plot. The stakes are raised in Independent Study to a new high, and I was completely engaged from the get go. I tore through the pages, never wanting to put it down. As the story moves on, the characters, especially Cia, really come into their own. I enjoyed watching the characters grow as the situations they are presented with require. Michal remains my favorite character of the series, so seeing him pop up again was nice. The ending killed me. Absolutely killed me. The rapid succession at which this trilogy has come out helps, as the wait is less, and I already am antsy to tear through the pages of Graduation Day. Independent Study built on the foundation that The Testing started and expanded everything that was great. I continue to love everything about this trilogy and am excited to see which direction Joelle Charbonneau takes the story in the last book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I'm giving this three stars because overall, it was a perfectly "fine" second book. It wasn't super terrible like Crossed (my go-to example for disappointing second books), but then again it didn't really wow me. Since almost everyone had their memories wiped at the end of the first book, the author pretty much just uses the same recipe all over again in this one -- some dangerous tests, a whole lot of untrustworthy people and a heroine that can do no wrong (like literally, she's unrealistically I'm giving this three stars because overall, it was a perfectly "fine" second book. It wasn't super terrible like Crossed (my go-to example for disappointing second books), but then again it didn't really wow me. Since almost everyone had their memories wiped at the end of the first book, the author pretty much just uses the same recipe all over again in this one -- some dangerous tests, a whole lot of untrustworthy people and a heroine that can do no wrong (like literally, she's unrealistically amazing at everything). Unfortunately, readers probably did not have their memories wiped like the characters did, which means for people like me who re-read The Testing recently in order to refresh my memory, Independent Study seemed pretty much exactly the same. For the first half anyway. The second half of the book was your typical middle book of a YA dystopian trilogy. I've read enough of them by now to recognise the formula: First book - introduces the dystopian society, characters, etc. Second book - expands on the dystopian society and the characters, introduces the rebellion (because come on, there's always a rebellion). Third book - rebellion. Unless you're Crossed, in which case the second book is comprised of a bit of walking, some poetry and absolutely nothing else. (Sorry. One day I will eventually stop referencing that book in all of my reviews.) So yeah, the second half of Independent Study is basically the "I love Cia" show, because she's so much more amazing than everyone else and everyone knows it, and thus she is solely responsible for saving the entire world. I'm not even exaggerating. In the synopsis for the third book, it says that "Testing survivor Cia Vale knows that she alone can lead the rebellion against the government." Yes, because a 17-year-old girl is the only person in the whole world who can do something. I mean, haven't we moved past the whole "Chosen One" phenomenon in literature by now? (Sorry, Harry Potter. I still love you.) Anyway, it's taken me this massive review pretty much to say that Independent Study was okay. It was fine. I finished it and didn't feel like I wanted to kill myself afterwards. And with some of the books I've read recently (I'm looking at you, Slaughterhouse-Five) that's definitely saying something!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    It's just as great as the first book. The challenges required more intellectual prowess than physical which I enjoyed even more. It's plot is fast-paced and the writing is engaging. I can't wait to read the third book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Wat een geweldige serie! Snel door naar het 3, laatste deel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau is the second book of The Testing trilogy. The book leaves off a few months after the events in book one. Cia is now a student at the university in Tosu City. Everything is suppose to be fine now that Cia is at the university, but Cia still has vague memories about her time in the Testing causing her to question the motives of her friends and the Commonwealth's leaders. I absolutely loved The Testing and was very excited to start this book. Independent Stud Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau is the second book of The Testing trilogy. The book leaves off a few months after the events in book one. Cia is now a student at the university in Tosu City. Everything is suppose to be fine now that Cia is at the university, but Cia still has vague memories about her time in the Testing causing her to question the motives of her friends and the Commonwealth's leaders. I absolutely loved The Testing and was very excited to start this book. Independent Study certainly lives up to it's expectations. This book has just the right amount of action to keep it's readers engaged. Much like The Testing it has the characters doing puzzles/challenges to beat their other classmates. I love how the author made the characters complete the puzzles. The puzzles or challenges keep you engaged, you're always wondering what's next or how can the characters possibly complete them. A lot of people would compare this book series to The Hunger Games trilogy, but this book series is far from being like The Hunger Games. I love Cia she's a very relatable character. She always tries to do what's right, even if the person she's helping is being a real douchebag. I could easily identify with Cia, like how she wants to do well in school, but not hurt or push down others in the process. There is a good amount of surprises and twists to keep the reader engaged. While there is romance, it doesn't get in the way of the story. Overall I loved Independent Study and I can't wait to read the last book. I give it 5+ stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    2,5 Sterne Während man zu Beginn des Buches wieder da abgeholt wird, wo der erste Band einen zurückgelassen hat, hat dieses Buch trotz der faszinierenden Welt und der im Grunde interessanten Charaktere seine Längen, ich habe mich größtenteils wirklich gelangweilt, so ungefähr in der Mitte wurde es dann kurzfristig wieder spannend und man hatte ungefähr das selbe Flair wie im ersten Buch. Cia hat immer einfach wie durch Zauberhand die perfekte Lösung für alle Aufgaben, die ihr gestellt werden, was 2,5 Sterne Während man zu Beginn des Buches wieder da abgeholt wird, wo der erste Band einen zurückgelassen hat, hat dieses Buch trotz der faszinierenden Welt und der im Grunde interessanten Charaktere seine Längen, ich habe mich größtenteils wirklich gelangweilt, so ungefähr in der Mitte wurde es dann kurzfristig wieder spannend und man hatte ungefähr das selbe Flair wie im ersten Buch. Cia hat immer einfach wie durch Zauberhand die perfekte Lösung für alle Aufgaben, die ihr gestellt werden, was auch den spannenden Stellen irgendwie ihre Spannung nimmt. Gegen Ende kam hingegen doch noch wieder einiges an Spannung auf und ich glaube, der nächste Band könnte sehr interessant werden.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky_C1

    “Because sometimes the best leaders are the ones who have no interest in leading. Those are often the ones who are most interested in doing what is right, not what is popular.” “A cage that cannot be seen is no less there than if the walls were made of steel.” “History shows that it takes only a spark to start a fire that cannot be easily checked.” “The best leaders make mistakes and then learn from them. The best leaders never make the same mistakes again. The only way you can learn is if you und “Because sometimes the best leaders are the ones who have no interest in leading. Those are often the ones who are most interested in doing what is right, not what is popular.” “A cage that cannot be seen is no less there than if the walls were made of steel.” “History shows that it takes only a spark to start a fire that cannot be easily checked.” “The best leaders make mistakes and then learn from them. The best leaders never make the same mistakes again. The only way you can learn is if you understand the mistakes that were made.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Brigid

    Not quite as good as the Testing, but still really entertaining.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Callie Rose Tyler

    2 1/2 Stars I have mixed emotions about this one. I'd say that the first third of the book was great and then there was a noticeable decline until we got toward the end a.k.a. the set up for the next book. Yes, this book felt like mostly filler, wrapping up the previous book and setting up the next one. I guess it's difficult to make going to class and doing your homework interesting, especially when you start the book with an exciting and interesting dangerous game full of explosions and snakes! 2 1/2 Stars I have mixed emotions about this one. I'd say that the first third of the book was great and then there was a noticeable decline until we got toward the end a.k.a. the set up for the next book. Yes, this book felt like mostly filler, wrapping up the previous book and setting up the next one. I guess it's difficult to make going to class and doing your homework interesting, especially when you start the book with an exciting and interesting dangerous game full of explosions and snakes! The only way to make the day to day more interesting is with world building or character development and I'm not real impressed with either in this series. The world that we see is pretty standard for the dystopian genre as of late, a wealthy capitol city surrounded by less wealthy colonies and even less wealthier colonies beyond that. This has all resulted from some type of world war that is pretty vague. One big thing confuses me is the technology, there are hovercrafts and tracking devices and video camera and various mentions of downloading data but they don't have computers? No internet? I'm not even talking about a world wide web, but some form of email or digital communication? No phones? No mail? No television? Not even radios? How does anyone communicate? How does anything get done? Then there's the character development. I kind of want to punch Cia in the face, like 75% of the time. Her internal monologue sounds like an after school special, My parents raised me to never waste paper...my parents taught be to be kind and value all life...back home we work together to make the world the best it can be... Ugh! Put a sock in it, we get it, you're the goody two shoes hero of the story. Then there are the cliche female lead tropes, she skips like half of her meals, she is tiny and slim, she has some sort of Florence Nightingale complex, and she's pretty. This is mentioned a few times by other male characters. People will expect less of you because you're pretty....I always want to help a pretty girl... I get it, she's perfect, but guess what? Perfect gets boring. Overall, this book has great moments of suspense and excitement but it is also predicable and the plot really flounders in the middle and ends with a terribly terrible twist (view spoiler)[The university decided that the best way to deal with smart people who might challenge them is NOT to kill them, even though they have no problem killing, but to play pretend?! How does that even make sense? Why do they even go through the pretenses of testing kids in the colonies? Why don't they just round them up and then kill them? If they are onto Cia why would they put her in government? That makes absolutely no sense! Ridiculous (hide spoiler)] Recommended for fans of the Hunger Games who are willing to lower their expectations.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Crowther

    DNF'd at page 118 because it's very meh! And life's too short.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Serena (The Book Comedian)

    I feared when I read some of the low rating reviews on this book, but now that I have finished it, I conclude that it's not bad. The first book was filled with so much adrenaline pumping moments that I think it's pretty hard for a second book to exceed that. I can tell the author tried to add action packed elements to this one and I would say I wish there was more, but really, the plot just wouldn't work if there was any more action. One con I'd mention would be the amount of suspicion that goes o I feared when I read some of the low rating reviews on this book, but now that I have finished it, I conclude that it's not bad. The first book was filled with so much adrenaline pumping moments that I think it's pretty hard for a second book to exceed that. I can tell the author tried to add action packed elements to this one and I would say I wish there was more, but really, the plot just wouldn't work if there was any more action. One con I'd mention would be the amount of suspicion that goes on in every one's head. Suspicious Hermione Every moment there is suspicion, suspicion, suspicion. 'Is he/she doing this/saying this because they truly want to help me or to sabotage me?' Literally no one can trust anyone. I mean I can't blame them since they live in a pretty messed up world, but as a reader it can become repetitive. So yes I did like the first book better but I'm not giving up on Cia & Tomas<3 :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Een woord: WAUW! Wat is dit boek goed zeg, vergeleken met deel een. Ik las elk hoofdstuk op het puntje van mn stoel, het was elke keer weer spannend en de hele tijd gebeurd er wel iets. Cia is ook echt een toffe hoofdpersoon. Ik ben enthousiast! Hopelijk is het slotdeel net zo goed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marketa

    Na začátku mě to bavilo. Ale je vidno, že autorka těží z úspěšnosti HG a do každé knihy nacpe nějaké "úkoly" a "soutěže mezi účastníky", což už mě docela otravuje. Alespoň tam bylo trochu nastíneno, proč se s neúspěšnými studenty zachází tak, jak se píše v knize. Protože to mi nedávalo smysl. :D

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

    I feel like I am looking for myself. Staring into the rocky void is like peering into a reflector of my emotions. Shadows. Emptiness. Wow. And once again Joelle Charbonneau has managed to creep me out and keep me on the edge of my seat. I think it goes without saying that terror comes in many forms. But Joelle has mastered the less apparent and infrequently used disquieting terror. It's really hard to get under my skin when it comes to telling a story where we are supposed to be scared because I feel like I am looking for myself. Staring into the rocky void is like peering into a reflector of my emotions. Shadows. Emptiness. Wow. And once again Joelle Charbonneau has managed to creep me out and keep me on the edge of my seat. I think it goes without saying that terror comes in many forms. But Joelle has mastered the less apparent and infrequently used disquieting terror. It's really hard to get under my skin when it comes to telling a story where we are supposed to be scared because of speculation-it's all how you look at the story. If you just read on a surface level, it's not hard to skim through the book with little emotion and cast it off as if there isn't something deeper and more sinister going on. But both The Testing and Independent Study have made me think twice, made me delve deeper into the story to try and figure out what's going on, why things are happening, and only then does it really begin to sink in how horrifying this whole testing and university process is. In between the words are only silence and the pulsing of my heart marking the passing of the seconds. Minutes. Maybe hours. Time stands still. During this time, I think of Tomas and wonder what trial he is facing in his own Induction. I wish he were here with me now to help keep me safe. A whirring sound followed by a jubilant shout pulls me from my thoughts, but my prison door does not open. Cia is in, she has done it. She passed the testing in the first book, and now all she has to do is pass a test and get through induction to become a true student at the university and receive her internship. But what if, again in this story, a wrong answer means certain death? Oh, it's plastered with the phrase 'you will be redirected', but if you are told you are getting 'redirected', you better run, and run fast. A cage that cannot be seen is no less there than if the walls were made of steel. After candidates of the testing passed, they immediately had their memories erased. The events that led to passing were gruesome, disturbing, and most of all-evil. There is no other word for it. The testing officials can't have their students remembering what they had to do to get to where they are now, can they? Because what they would remember is far too hard to fathom; to believe that they were capable of murder, lying, betrayal, defending their lives against someone they used to call a friend.....it's almost impossible to move on from that. How can you sit next to someone that ultimately tried to shoot their crossbow at you, shot you in the stomach with a gun you didn't realize they had, left you behind-no one would ever get past it. This kind of scenario was not what Cia pictured when she optimistically hoped for a chance to be chosen for the testing-to get the chance to be a united commonwealth leader in charge of making their cities a better place. It's unheard of that the leaders would push this fate on the brightest hopes for the future of humanity...or is it? "....sometimes the best leaders are the ones who have no interest in leading. Those are often the ones who are most interested in doing what is right, not what is popular." While the people who haven't been redirected after the testing are assigned and taking their classes, there are yet again more tasks they are forced to confront where the same thing is happening again-you can't trust anyone because everyone is fighting for the highest spot in their respective fields, and once again the ominous feeling takes hold, causing you to beg Cia not to trust this person, to not leave her residence at night, to leave that evil person behind because they will kill her to get ahead... But that's why I love Cia. She is smart, brave, and makes all the most well-thought out decisions possible. I know many people might not understand the appeal of hearing her calculate and think every scenario out, but that's why I like this series. This author has created a world where you can't make a move without thinking about it long and hard first-even something as simple as whether or not she should eat in the common room is a big deal. One wrong move and she could be pulled from her studies and 'redirected'. I love Cia because she is compassionate and kind, even to those who threaten her with her life-she would never leave anyone behind. So I decided to make a new shelf-one for the great heriones in the literary world. As of now I can only think of one or two other girls/women I will put on there, so that speaks highly of what I think of this rational and caring girl. When Tomas steps back, he whispers that he will see me in the morning. That he loves me and that no matter what our fields of study, we are still a team. We will always be a team. With one last gentle kiss, he disappears down the hall to find sleep. I turn to the same. Ultimately I could go on and on about the dangers lurking in the shadows ready to stab Cia in the back, but I think I've made my point clear. While not as terrifying as the first, which I would have loved, I still enjoyed this story a lot and finished it within 24 hours. I would have loved to see more of Tomas because I love what he and Cia have went through together, but when he finally started appearing in the story a little more I was satsified with what I got. I know this isn't a romance, but, hey, underneath it all I'm a romance girl, what can I say? I cannot wait to see what happens in book three when it comes out this summer, and I will read it immediately upon release-Cia is faced with the ultimate challenge. Now that it's time for action...who can she REALLY trust? Guess we'll find out not soon enough. ;) And when Tomas's lips find mine, the kiss is filled with passion and the hope that even if war comes, we will survive. For more of my reviews visit

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Well, again I wish i could give a 3.5 rather than a 4. We pick up here where we left off in the first book. (view spoiler)[Cia managed to hide a recording she made before they wiped her memory so now she has to decide whether all the horrible things her own voice is telling her are true. (hide spoiler)] The book is still pretty fast moving and the characters (view spoiler)[ the ones that survive (hide spoiler)] are pretty much themselves. Also the plotting works pretty well with some twists (you m Well, again I wish i could give a 3.5 rather than a 4. We pick up here where we left off in the first book. (view spoiler)[Cia managed to hide a recording she made before they wiped her memory so now she has to decide whether all the horrible things her own voice is telling her are true. (hide spoiler)] The book is still pretty fast moving and the characters (view spoiler)[ the ones that survive (hide spoiler)] are pretty much themselves. Also the plotting works pretty well with some twists (you may see coming) and the world is moving the way we saw it moving (aside from a couple of intended surprises). The problem is there are some huge logic holes in the plot. There are things that we're asked to accept that strain our suspension of disbelief muscles to the breaking point. Also the the plot twist I mentioned is probably one most readers (except of course the youngest who haven't read many books) will see coming. Look the book is still pretty good and I had no trouble staying interested in it. I think most will like it (if you like the first you'll probably like this one). It just isn't going to make my favorites.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ღ Suus ღ (pages.and.books)

    Ik zie nu dat het meer dan een jaar geleden is dat ik deel 1 las. In mijn review schreef ik snel deel 2 te gaan lezen maar toch heeft het nog even geduurd. (iets met een lange TBR lijst :-/ ) Maar goed. Deel 2 zojuist uitgelezen. En ook over dit deel ben ik weer razend enthousiast. De schrijfstijl zorgt er ook voor dat ik het gevoel kreeg alsof ik er zelf bij was. Ook is Joelle Charbonneau is een getalenteerd schrijfster wat betreft cliffhangers!.. na ieder hoofdstuk wil je gewoon verder lezen. Ik zie nu dat het meer dan een jaar geleden is dat ik deel 1 las. In mijn review schreef ik snel deel 2 te gaan lezen maar toch heeft het nog even geduurd. (iets met een lange TBR lijst :-/ ) Maar goed. Deel 2 zojuist uitgelezen. En ook over dit deel ben ik weer razend enthousiast. De schrijfstijl zorgt er ook voor dat ik het gevoel kreeg alsof ik er zelf bij was. Ook is Joelle Charbonneau is een getalenteerd schrijfster wat betreft cliffhangers!.. na ieder hoofdstuk wil je gewoon verder lezen. Daarnaast heeft ze ervoor gezorgd dat ik weer even uit mijn maandenlange leesdip gesleurd ben. Dusssss op naar deel 3!.. ik ben benieuwd naar het einde. Cia .. ik vertrouw op je : )

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aviendha

    Not: Distopya türü kitaplarda özgünlük aramama kuralı getirilmeli. Kitaba bir devam kitabı olarak bakıldığında konu bütünlüğü yerindeydi. Zaman zaman flashbacklere yer vermesi hikayeyi daha anlaşılır kıldı. Über zeki, mükemmel insan, iyilik timsali gibi vasıflar karakterlere yüklenmese belki çok daha keyifli olurdu. Esas kızın ön planda olduğu, yan rollerin arada kaynadığı, maceranın hat safhada ilerlediği, ters köşelerle dolu bir kitap. *3,5

  26. 5 out of 5

    May

    ----UNA SEGUNDA PARTE UN TANTO FLOJA PERO QUE DEJA CON GANAS DE MÁS---- PARA LXS AMANTES DE LAS DISTOPÍAS La iniciación es la segunda parte de La prueba, novela que me encantó y me dejó con muchas ganas de más. Es una trilogía distópica que se enmarca en una sociedad en la que el gobierno selecciona a personas que pueden estudiar en la universidad y que para ello han de pasar La Prueba. La primera novela me pareció muy buena, aunque le encontré ciertas similitudes con Los Juegos del hambre; sin ----UNA SEGUNDA PARTE UN TANTO FLOJA PERO QUE DEJA CON GANAS DE MÁS---- PARA LXS AMANTES DE LAS DISTOPÍAS La iniciación es la segunda parte de La prueba, novela que me encantó y me dejó con muchas ganas de más. Es una trilogía distópica que se enmarca en una sociedad en la que el gobierno selecciona a personas que pueden estudiar en la universidad y que para ello han de pasar La Prueba. La primera novela me pareció muy buena, aunque le encontré ciertas similitudes con Los Juegos del hambre; sin embargo, esta segunda parte se desmarca de esas similitudes y es bastante diferente a antecesora. Lo cierto es que La iniciación ha sido una novela que no me ha parecido tan buena como su primera parte. Me ha gustado mucho, eso sí, pero creo que decae en cuanto a ritmo y que la trama se queda demasiado floja. Me la sensación de que es una novela de transición en la trilogía y que da paso a una tercera parte que espero que sea mucho mejor que esta segunda y que incluso supere a la primera. Sin duda La prueba dejó el listón muy alto y La iniciación no ha conseguido llegar hasta el punto en el que estaba su novela antecesora. Aún así La iniciación es una segunda parte que merece muchísimo la pena leer si se ha leído la primera y que aporta muchas cosas nuevas a la trama. Hablando de la trama, quizás ha sido lo que más me ha fallado en esta novela. La he visto floja y poco trabajada, me ha faltado mucha acción, romance e información. La primera parte tenía una trama muy bien elaborada y, sin embargo, esta continuación es mucho más floja. Prácticamente no ocurre nada y casi todo está al principio de la novela, a partir de la segunda mitad de la misma el ritmo y la trama decaen y hay muchísimas páginas de relleno. Esto me lleva a hablar del ritmo que también ha fallado un poco. En la primera mitad de la novela el ritmo está muy bien, engancha, todo ocurre rápido, hay acción y se agiliza la lectura... y a partir de la segunda mitad de la novela el ritmo decae muchísimo y Cia no vive nada que despierte el interés en el lector. Los personajes me siguen gustando mucho. Cia es una protagonista muy bien profundizada, que sigue destacando en esta segunda parte y que se desmarca de otros personajes distópicos. Tomás, sin embargo, pierde demasiado protagonismo en esta segunda parte y su romance con Cia pasa a ser demasiado superficial porque casi no tienen escenas juntos. Lo mejor de todo es que la trilogía ha conseguido desmarcarse de aquellas similitudes que tenía en su primera parte con otras distopías como Los juegos del hambre y que es muchísimo más original en esta continuación. En resumen, La iniciación es una segunda parte que da la sensación de estar un poco de relleno y de ser una novela de transición hacia la tercera y última parte de la trilogía. Si has leído la primera parte es interesante que la leas porque deja con muchísimas ganas de leer la última parte, y si no has leído La Prueba es una lectura muy recomendable para lectorxs de distopías.

  27. 5 out of 5

    AH

    Initial Thoughts: The first book was OK and I was curious as to how the events would unforld. Now, I'm on the fence about this series. It's kind of like a Hunger Games meets Junior Survivor with the end game - a university education. These poor kids are thrown an impossible bunch of tests to see if they are suitable to continue their studies. Failure is not an option as it leads to Redirection (most likely death). Not sure that I could buy into this any more. What kind of society would take its Initial Thoughts: The first book was OK and I was curious as to how the events would unforld. Now, I'm on the fence about this series. It's kind of like a Hunger Games meets Junior Survivor with the end game - a university education. These poor kids are thrown an impossible bunch of tests to see if they are suitable to continue their studies. Failure is not an option as it leads to Redirection (most likely death). Not sure that I could buy into this any more. What kind of society would take its brightest potentials and kill them off at the slightest mistake? Not sure if I will continue this series. The Review: 2.5 stars Book 2 of The Testing series finds our main character Cia attending university having made the cut in the previous book. The tests are not over and as our university students write their examinations for their fields of study, Cia is surprised to find out that she has been assigned to Government, rather than her first choice – Engineering. The exams don’t end there. The first week of classes the new students undergo further examinations with almost impossible tasks to complete. Failure is never an option. Failure is cause for Redirection. Redirection is fatal. I’m having a hard time with this series. I enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to this installment in the series. Is it trying too hard to be a Hunger Games clone? Maybe. I can’t see why a world ravaged by warfare, environmental disasters and the like would sacrifice their best and brightest hopes for the future. Why would you cull any student? The whole rebellion side was a little iffy for me as well. Why bother rebelling when you live in the relative comfort of Tosu city? The writing was OK. I did find the pacing slower than the first book and at times a little boring. This book felt like a filler book, moving our main character from point A to point B in the overall plot. I’m not sure that I will be continuing this series. On the one hand, I am curious to see what happens. On the other hand, I am not sure that I will have patience for it. Review posted on Badass Book Reviews. Thank you to Edelweiss and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a review copy of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    First Thoughts: Just as addictive, heart-pounding, and smartly twisty as the first book. Final Thoughts: I really enjoy reading this series through the intelligent eyes of Cia, and the scary version of a future world portrayed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    WHOA things happened.... RTC

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aletheiia

    Rebelión! ⚖ Este segundo libro me ha gustado mucho también! Si bien tiene menos acción que el primero, sigue enganchando por igual desde el comienzo. Se centra en como Cia pasa la prueba para acceder a la universidad, pero como siempre, deberá enfrentarse a más pruebas físicas y mentales. La trama tan fácil de seguir, con esa red de problemas de gobierno y grupos rebeldes, está muy bien diseñada. Antiguos y nuevos personajes de mezclan, y no podrás evitar desconfiar de todos. Inlcuso la propia Cia Rebelión! ⚖️ Este segundo libro me ha gustado mucho también! Si bien tiene menos acción que el primero, sigue enganchando por igual desde el comienzo. Se centra en como Cia pasa la prueba para acceder a la universidad, pero como siempre, deberá enfrentarse a más pruebas físicas y mentales. La trama tan fácil de seguir, con esa red de problemas de gobierno y grupos rebeldes, está muy bien diseñada. Antiguos y nuevos personajes de mezclan, y no podrás evitar desconfiar de todos. Inlcuso la propia Cia me sorprende con alguna de sus decisiones, pues la Prueba cambia a todo el mundo al fin y al cabo.😮 Tiene giros muy buenos, en los que se observa que el fin no justifica los medios, o si? Te hará dudar sobre que es lo correcto, y si varía en cada situación. 💭 Necesito saber como sigue!! Ese final es demasiado!!

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