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Independent Study

In YA Book Reviews on March 8, 2015 at 12:12 am

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 by Joelle Charbonneau

YA Dystopia/©2014/310 Pages/Recommended for Age 12+

Publisher’s Comments (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the trilogy, and it serves its purpose well in terms of advancing the plot and setting up things for the final installment. I didn’t find it quite as riveting as the first book, but I felt it had its fair share of action and plot twists . Some new characters are introduced into the mix, and they bring with them some added complexity with more questions than answers. I especially appreciate the political intrigue and look forward to seeing how it all ends.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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