Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Teen Tuesday

Independent Study (The Testing Series #2) by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH hardcover, 7 January 2014).

The second installment of Joelle Charbonneau's dystopian series begins with the survivors of The Testing taking written examinations to determine where they will be placed.

Cia Vale desperately wants to study Mechanical Engineering, but the students are warned that may not be placed in their preferred field.  And she isn't: she ends up in Government Studies.

Before the classes begin, though, the students in each field must pass an Induction test, created by the students in the final year of the same department. Four names are drawn; these will be the leaders of four groups and will be allowed to choose their group members.  Cia ends up being the leader of a team in which she is not only the youngest, but the only girl.

As with The Testing, the Induction is a grueling physical and mental test which emphasizes to Cia just how dangerous her life at University will be.

Independent Study is as gripping and exciting as its prequel, and you may very well finish it in one sitting.  Thankfully, it won't be a long wait for the conclusion of the trilogy: Graduation Day will be released on June 17.

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