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Independent Study

(The Testing #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  28,898 ratings  ·  2,338 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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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
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Kathylill
Sep 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
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 ...more
Jeff Raymond
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ya-sci-fi
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
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Rachel Maniacup
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Sarah
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
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Kassidy
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Ellie M
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Skip
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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Erica
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Nikita
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Esther
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wat een geweldige serie! Snel door naar het 3, laatste deel.
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.

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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
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Becky_C1
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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
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Kelly Brigid
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the Testing, but still really entertaining.
Callie Rose Tyler
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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!
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Patricia Crowther
DNF'd at page 118 because it's very meh! And life's too short.
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
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Amy
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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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.

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The book is still pretty fast moving and the characters (view spoiler) are pretty much themselves. Also the plotting works pretty well with some twists (you m
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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.
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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
May
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
----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
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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 ...more
Jillian Heise
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Kendall
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
WHOA things happened....
RTC
Aletheiia
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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