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Independent Study (The Testing #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,008 Ratings  ·  1,823 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 (the Grinch)
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
Jan 03, 2014 Kathylill 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
Sep 28, 2014 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
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
Rachel Maniacup
Oct 23, 2015 Rachel Maniacup rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Sarah *on hiatus*
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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Jeff Raymond
Jun 22, 2013 Jeff Raymond 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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Sarah *on hiatus*
Oct 01, 2015 Sarah *on hiatus* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, the-best
This sequel provides a deeper picture of the world of The Testing. Cia, the heroine sees the complex world of politics inside the University because yes, of course she passed the Testing in book one. Sorry for the spoiler but I'm sure, you've already guessed that. ;)

When you think the tests are already done when a student passes the Testing, you are so wrong. In the University, the students face even more challenging tests while they try to study at the same time. It was really awesome. The snak
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Ellie M
Oct 05, 2013 Ellie M 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
Feb 01, 2016 Skip 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
Erica
Jun 08, 2014 Erica 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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Kassidy
Mar 04, 2014 Kassidy 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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Nikita
Jan 26, 2016 Nikita 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.
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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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
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Goddess
Aug 16, 2015 Goddess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normalerweiße ist der zweiten Band einer Reihe meist etwas schlechter, aber dieser ist sogar BESSER als der Erste! Und der war auch schon sehr gut.

Die Charaktere haben mir alle, bis auf Thomas, sehr gut gefallen. Die Beziehung der Protagonistin mit ihm ist für mich immer noch schwer nachvollziehbar. Schon klar, sie kennen sich seit Jahren, aber für mich herrscht da null Chemie.
Es scheint mir alles einfach zu gewollt, zu gekünstelt.

Will mochte ich in diesem Band sehr, aber ich mochte schon immer
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✞Ƙєℓℓу✧Sтєℓℓαя Scяυтιηу✞
Not quite as good as the Testing, but still really entertaining.
Callie Rose Tyler
Oct 11, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler 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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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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May
Jun 28, 2015 May 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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Amy
Aug 23, 2015 Amy 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.
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 04, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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)

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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Jillian Heise
Jun 06, 2013 Jillian Heise 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.
Emily
Jul 15, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Just finished book two!

Even though the main characters from Book 1 have now "made it" and been admitted to the University, they find themselves once again put through a series of physically, intellectually, and emotionally draining tests as their career paths are determined for them. And, they find themselves in competition with other privileged students from the capital who weren't required to undergo "The Testing" they experienced. Unfair!

In this book, the inner workings of the government and
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Maura
Original-Rezension: The emotional life of books

Meine Meinung:

Ich war ja nicht der größte Fan vom ersten Teil von Die Auslese - im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen Bloggern. Auch nach dem zweiten Teil kann ich den Hype immer noch nicht wirklich nachvollziehen. Jedoch hat er mir wesentlich besser gefallen und das Lesen hat auch viel mehr Spaß gemacht als noch beim Vorgänger!

Zunächst ist es nun von Anfang an sehr spannend. Man weiß als Leser ja - im Gegensatz zu Cia -, was alles während der Auslese
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
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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Shelley
*Genre* YA Dystopian
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Independent Study is the bridge between The Testing, and Graduation Day. The second installment, in any trilogy, is usually the more challenging one to create and put forth to your readers, especially when the first one was so amazing. You see my lovely followers, The Testing was a heart stopping, action packed, thrill ride from the start to finish, whereas I am left grasping for words to express my true feelings about Independent Study.

Charbonneau's
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Teresa
Jan 03, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi-estantería
La Iniciación es una segunda parte que no ha mejorado en nada de su primera novela. Una trama lenta y aburrida, que acaba desembocando en una historia llena de tapujos y secretos, que aunque llega a parecer interesante, no llega a engancharte a la novela. Una historia que siento que cojea y le falta bastante, además de su gran similitud a Los Juegos del Hambre y Divergente, llegando incluso a tener cosas idénticas. Unos personajes planos y superficiales, con una protagonista demasiado perfecta y ...more
Galleane
May 05, 2015 Galleane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette suite est pour moi meilleure que son prédécesseur. On y retrouve les mêmes ingrédients, une histoire sensiblement la même tout en se renouvelant et en poursuivant ce qui avait été posé dans le premier tome. Cia en avait bavé, elle va autant en baver dans ce tome. Le danger reste omniprésent, la cruauté aperçu dans le premier tome également. Heureusement l'héroïne est intelligente, elle a de la ressource. Le contenu est fort appréciable, il est très accrocheur et les fins de chapitres habil ...more
Katherinepassanisi
Jun 11, 2014 Katherinepassanisi rated it it was amazing
When you read Independent Study you feel like you are in the book. With all the imagery the author uses you feel like you are in that moment with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone. One reason why I would recommend this book to people is that the book is very appealing. The book is emotional appealing to me because the book is about a girl around my age going to school. I feel like I can relate to the main character Cia because not only is she around my age and goes to school ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Hmmm... gotta let this one marinate a bit before I can really decide how I think. I'm eager to continue the series, but it wasn't as compelling as book #1.

Just like the X files, trust no one.
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I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books)
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