“Because sometimes the best leaders are the ones who have no interest in leading. Those are often the ones who are most interested in doing what is right, not what is popular.”

Summary

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.

Personal Experiences

As with it is in all dystopians, I thought this was the worst of the 3 books. Of course that may just be my opinion. The summary may seem appealing, but trust me, it isn’t.

Quotes

“It takes a lot of courage to choose to do nothing when you aren’t certain of the outcome.”


“Almost all the United Commonwealth presidents have been female. It has been argued that women are less aggressive, more maternal, and thus more focused on the well-being of the country’s people. Less focused on politics or power.”


“A cage that cannot be seen is no less there than if the walls were made of steel.”


“In mythology, lightning represents either the loss of ignorance or punishment for those who overstep their bounds. I used two bolts since we intend to do both.”


“Everyone at some point is afraid of making the wrong choice.”


“Worrying about the past won’t help. I can only deal with the present.”


“Yes, lives were saved, but what about the lives taken? History says that progress often requires sacrifice, but what kind of progress can we claim when it is built on the lives of the citizens it is supposed to aid?”


Where to find Independent Study?

Indie Bound*

PDF**

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charboneau," in {sereneharoon.com}, July 20, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/07/independent-study-the-testing-2-by-joelle-charboneau/.

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