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Independent Study

(The Testing #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30,113 ratings  ·  2,417 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Cia Vale survived The Testing, as has Tomas, the boy she loves, and they have both gained admission to the University. She has a promising future as a leader of the United Commonwealth and no memory of her bloody testing experience, thanks to a government-sanctioned memory wipe. Cia should be happy but  is plagued by doubts about the past and future. Det ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 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, in which a group of ca/>The
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Jeff Raymond
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 while solving the issues i
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Rachel Maniacup
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 de
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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
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Ellie M
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ot
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Erica
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Skip
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 amazin
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Nikita
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.

Inde
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Becky_C1
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Kelly Brigid ♡
Not quite as good as the Testing, but still really entertaining.
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 e
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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 on in every one's
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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 of speculation-it
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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.

(view spoiler)

The book is still pretty fast moving and the characters (view spoiler)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 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.
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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 brightest ...more
Jillian Heise
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
WHOA things happened....
RTC
Kelly Roberson
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book just as much as the first! It still had some really exciting elements, but I also enjoyed that it dove deeper into what exactly is going on with the government! I think it was really interesting to see this book really bring into question doing what is right and what is necessary for the good of everyone, and I feel that will definitely play a huge part in the final book. It was a nice change as well that the romance wasn't a huge part of the story. I can't wait to continue on ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
This was a great read. The story is similar to the Hunger Games. However, it is still and enjoyable read. I did feel like the story dragged a bit in the middle of the book and it was not as exciting as The Testing. I did love the characters, maybe just as much as I did the first time. I just felt that the plot was not as engaging and interesting. The ending was my favourite part and it made up for the dragging. I hope that Graduation Day is better and I cannot wait to read the conclusion to this ...more
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 In
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Liz Barnsley
Really enjoyed this second novel in "The Testing " series - the first one had a very Hunger Games feel to it, in Independent Study the action moves from one kind of test to another - the university hopefuls may have passed the first hurdle but it has come at a huge cost that they cannot even remember. And if any of them thought passing The Testing meant safety and security then they are in for a bit of a rude awakening.

Once again we follow Cia - she cannot remember her testing but sh
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Toby
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)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 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.
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Emily
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 go
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Morris
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reviews
My feelings on “Independent Study” are torn. On the one hand, it lacks the quick pace and immersive feel of “The Testing”. On the other, the character development is excellent and sets up for what I hope is a great finale.

There is quite a bit of action packed into the first half of the book, introducing us to new characters and elaborating on others in a sort of “trial by fire” way. The theme of distrust continues more questions are brought to light about the government and universit
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