Series: The Testing #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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.
When I finished The Testing, I needed to know what would happen next, so I immediately started Independent Study, and to say that I was hooked may be a little bit of an understatement.
A few weeks (months? I can’t remember!) have passed since the ending of The Testing, so it took me a few pages to figure out what was going on, since I expected it to pick up right where The Testing left off, but after getting into it, that jump made a lot of sense. I was immediately intrigued by the new characters that were introduced and to see what would happen with Cia, and if we’d find out the answers to any of the questions that were left open.
Luckily, since Independent Study is a sequel, there was very little new world-building or introduction, so it really jumped right into the story. Like I said, I was hooked from the beginning. I may have even propped up my kindle and read during meals, and I was actually glad when we had a wait to get into the restaurant for dinner because it gave me more time to read! Luckily, my husband had started a book, too, so he didn’t mind too much.
In fact, I read the whole book in one day! And just like its prequel, the ending left me with the need to immediately jump into the final book to see how everything would turn out!