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Independent Study

Book - 2014
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Now a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas, Cia Vale attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government's grueling and deadly Testing put her and her loved ones in great danger.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , [2014]
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , [2014]
ISBN: 9780547959207
Branch Call Number: YA CHARBONNEAU 2014
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 13, 2019

Oddly, I liked this book almost more than the first. The author does an excellent job explaining the protagonist's choices and laying out her reasoning behind each action. I am SO glad that there isn't a dumb love triangle in this series - it would be very easy to make Will/Tomas/Cia relationship drama the central focus instead of the challenges of what makes a good leader and what leaders owe to their society. The philosophical reasoning in this series has been fun to read and follow. I also have been enjoying how time passes in this book. There are months that go by, helping the results of the characters' actions have an impact beyond immediate results, and the questions raised by the memory loss at the end of book 1 are more than just "what happened during the testing".

Now off to start book 3!

Nov 01, 2018

Once again, this book kept me glued for hours, with me finishing it in just ONE NIGHT, just as I did with the original. Though Tomas and others play a lesser role, the new and reformed old characters keep me very much entertained, even with Tomas and others getting too little screen time in my opinion. The story and the characters remain strong, politics take a much greater role(which I love!), and the twists never stop. I give this book a 10/10 and a "Must Read Now!" rating.

MelifluousView Oct 18, 2016

Who do you trust? Can you even trust yourself after your memories have been erased? Less action and more processing, but Cia kept me reading.

Sep 09, 2016

A solid sequel to The Testing.

I read this in just a couple of days - which, given my schedule, pretty much means I couldn't put it down.

May 23, 2015


Mar 13, 2015

if you like this, read Eve by Anna Carey, Slated by Teri Terry, or All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Sep 07, 2014

I like this book a lot but it wasn't as exciting to me as the first. There wasn't as much action and it was mostly just about Cia and the university. I hope the next book will be a bit better but I still liked it.

Jun 04, 2014

I liked the suspense in this book but got really upset when one of my favorite main characters dies. A really important, nice character!!! I finished this book in a few hours. It was that good. I can't wait for the next one. Unfortunately I am number 11. I know that I will go back and reread this book just like I did with the last one. It is still really intriguing. More so than the hunger games. I just hope that like the hunger games, Cia gets her happy ending. This book has a good lesson though. We shouldn't kill. If we do then it will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Cia and Tomas learned that lesson the hard way. While Cia only killed in self defense, she still regrets what she did. There are more lessons to learn in other books. We just have to keep our eyes wide open and never stop exploring. I loved this book and if someone somehow manages not to then I will be amazed. And no, I am not an adult and I am not trying to give a speech. I am just saying what I felt. That is one of the best ways to write. Or so I've heard.....

May 18, 2014

I was torn between wanting to turn the pages and wanting to prolong the read. CIA is overwhelmed which in turn makes the reader feel overwhelmed. It's a really well-done sequel. Everything that's loved about the first is duplicated and surpassed in this second one.

Feb 05, 2014

I enjoyed this book very much and it sucks how one of my favorite characters dies :,( I cannot wait for the next book 2 bad that it is not on the sccld at the moment :(

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Mar 04, 2019

Cia and Thomas have past the first part of the testing and now have to take tests to decide what higher level study group they will be in. All while trying to discover the dark secrets of the government surrounding them. And how to put the currepted government officials out of power so that no more students will get hurt or die, with the help of the president!!

Nov 01, 2018

In the second novel in the series, Cia learns through recordings the truth about the testing, making her challenge everything she knows. She makes unpredictable friends, and even more unpredictable alliances. She gets a job in Government, but gets sucked into a high-profile plot to end the testing once for all. But nothing is truly as it seems.


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