Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau – 4 Stars

This is the second book in The Testing series.  If you wish to read my review of the first book you can find it here.

Independent Study
Goodreads page with description of the book.

This is one of those rare occurrences where the second book in a series was better than the first.  I’m glad I decided to continue with this series.

It is a fairly typical dystopian story.  Messed up society full of few people abusing the circumstances in which they live to control all of society, how people live and who will survive in order to maintain their power. Main character with Utopian ideals thrust into a role where she is forced to compromise their principals and  take action to right the wrongs and liberate society or put it back on the right track.  The ideas behind what is happening in this world is not so different from other YA dystopian novels, but it is still entertaining and compelling.  I still stand by my review of the first book that this is an important type of book for young people to read.

The pacing is better in this book and we get to see more of how society and the university works.  We also learn a bit more of how the world got to be the way it is now.  The book is full of twists and turns and surprised me in a few spots.  It also left off with a freaking huge cliffhanger that had me screaming out in frustration.  Good thing the next book is due out in June so the wait won’t be to long to find out what happens.  Thank you to the publishers for that by the way.


3 thoughts on “Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau – 4 Stars

    1. I know the cliffhanger was awful! I couldn’t wait to get to book to either. I will definitely be stopping by to check out your post. Thanks for stopping by!


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