Independent Study has ratings and reviews. Khanh, first of her name , mother of bunnies said: In the context of bad sequels, this is Batman a. Independent Study is a remarkable novel that grabs the reader’s attention from the opening page. The second in The Testing trilogy, this novel. The Paperback of the Independent Study (The Testing Trilogy Series #2) by Joelle Charbonneau at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $

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The Testing 2: Independent Study

Preview — Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau. In the series debut The Testingsixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies. In Independent JoelleeCia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the governm In the series debut The Testingsixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies.

In Independent StudyCia 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. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Independent Studyplease sign up. Does Cia end up with Tomas or someone joe,le

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Is Tomas against her? Bookworm03r Tomas is not against Cia he is not bad and I think they will chaarbonneau up together. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Isn’t it weird that in the first book they never mentioned Tosu City students?

How come during the testing nobody knew or at least mentioned Tosu City students aren’t tested the same way? See all 7 questions about Independent Study….

Lists with This Book. Jun 09, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: In the context of bad sequels, this is Batman and Robin kind of terrible. How on earth did a series go so wrong independenh 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?

Infependent I so blinded? How does a series go from a 5 in one book to a 2 in the sequel? This is the sequel to The Testingi In the context of bad sequels, this is Jkelle and Robin kind of terrible.


This is the sequel to The Testingin which a group of carefully selected students compete in a Hunger Games type of survival competition to determine who will win entrance to the prestigious University in Tosu City. Cia is our main character, she is a winner, one of a handful who survived the rigorous, dangerous Testing.

Her memories of The Testing has been erased, the process of the Testing is so secretive that nobody is allowed to remember inddependent has happened. Through a concealed device, Cia has jolele what happened during the Testing, she remembers the betrayals, the murders, the competition. She knows that her ineependent, smiling at her in the hallways of the University are willing to be as cutthroat as possible to win placement to the University.

One of them is her current boyfriend, Tomas. A year has passed, and Cia is now in the University, she has been selected to enter a charbonneeau prestigious leadership program. As is the case with any competitive educational programs, jielle competition is brutal. To top it off, Cia is now aware of an underground rebellion taking place against the Testing program.

She is unwittingly dragged into the rebellion. I’m sorry, was there a secret rebellion plot? The book serves one purpose, and one purpose only: The United States is gone. There have been stages of war. Nuclear war, devastation of natural resources, collapse of the government. This has resulted in mutants, a general lack of resources and indeoendent. There are now small, scattered colonies throughout the United States, including Cia’s colony, which has citizens.

The Testing procedure, I understand. Ok, survival of the best and the brightest. Up to a certain extent, it’s understandable.

That doesn’t make any fucking sense. His head lolls back. His braids drag on the ground. I wait for Obidiah to sit up. I look for the rise and fall of his chest, but charbonheau is nothing. If I am not careful, I will be too. It makes NO fucking sense to kill off the youngest, the most intelligent, the ones with the most to contribute to society.

This book tries to sell the fact that it’s hard to govern a nation ondependent too large. Look at fucking China, India, the current United States.

Granted, not the best of governments, but people still live, people still manage to survive, most can still make a living. No goverment is perfect, no nation is perfect, no matter how large, how small. Especially when you can just erase their memory?

I’m not a fucking idiot. But Cia is so fucking bloody perfect. Shit would turn into flowers if you flung it at her head. Professor Holt and Dr. Barnes were disturbed by how quickly you recognized the insolvability of the task. Barnes said The Testing demonstrated that one of your greatest strengths is your willingness to trust your intuition. Her intelligence is legendary. The students at the University take pre-emptive tests to see how many classes they can handle.


The more classes, the better, the more intelligent the student. Everyone has but a few classes. This schedule has me attending nine. She not only has nine classes, she excels at every single one. Cia passes every single challenge. She remembers ancient governing procedures whose incredibly obscure rules allow her to pass a test that nobody else can. At the end of that lesson, my teacher mentioned an antiquated law that said any citizen may request a hearing on the Debate Chamber floor. Even her failures are spectacular Cia is so good at everything, she knows when failure will equate winning.

Failing is the right way to do things because Cia just so fucking magical and perfect. She is praised for knowing when to fail. Like what the actual FUCK?

Just like the final task during the Induction, this was an assignment designed for failure. It’s one thing to be perfect, it’s another thing to be so fucking perfect that even your failures are designed to highlight how fucking awesome you are for independeng figuring every single little itty bitty detail out. Cia is so bloody perfect that everyone wants her. Let me explain the University.

It is like the fucking Harvard of the future, if Harvard requires both intelligence, physical ability, and skills, and its students are willing to literally murder joekle another for better grades, you get the drift.

I’ve been told that it is pretty much murder to get a better grade than your peers at Harvard My point is that all the students at studh University are tremendously capable, are intellectually brilliant, are completely amazing learners, leader in every way. How else could they have passed the Testing?


But out of all of these awe-inspiring, brilliant students, Cia is single-handedly selected to be the indepedent, the brightest. She is hand-selected by the President of the United Commonwealth to be her intern. Barnes and Professor Holt, I asked that you be assigned to intern in my office. The President has never had an intern before, and has never had interest in an intern before There independdent no slut shaming, but there is a very strong current of distrust and sly undertones of hate towards the other women in this book.

The females in this book, the very brilliant, very capable females, I must mention, are all portrayed as stone-cold, emotionless bitches.

Her close friend, Stacia, is cold. Cia is much the same, but somehow, Stacia’s determination is portrayed as BAD whereas we’re supposed to sympathize with Cia.

Her laugh makes me flinch.