Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review: Independent Study

Title Independent Study

Series The Testing, book 2

Author Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date January 7, 2014

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.

Sometimes, the second book in a trilogy isn't as good as the first (or the third). Unfortunately, it feels like this might be the case for Independent Study. It was a bit disappointing to read it and it not live up to my expectations. I'm hoping that the third book will finish stronger and leave me satisfied about the trilogy.

For the majority of the book, I felt like there wasn't enough happening. There were too many second book lulls. Yes, it was a quick read, but it wasn't because I was so invested in the story and I just had to know what happened next. It was more like the book was just simple and easy to read. It wasn't special, but it wasn't completely disappointing.

The story does pick up some around the 80% mark and sets us up for the final book in the trilogy. So, while the second book wasn't as exciting as the first, I'm still pretty excited to read the third book when I get the opportunity. And as far as recommending, I still say it's worth checking out the trilogy, but be warned that the second book isn't as good as the first.


3 out of 5 stars

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