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. – Goodreads.com
I read the first book in this series, The Testing, over two years ago and didn’t re-read it before starting this one, so I was surprised that I remembered so much. That should tell you what an impression The Testing made on me. This book has been in my TBR pile for quite a while and I never intended there to be such a large gap of time between reading them, but you know how it is. So many good books!
Independent Study didn’t resonate with me as much, more because of the pacing than anything else. The beginning was suspenseful and allowed the reader to catch up with Cia and her friends, but there seemed to be a lull in the middle and Cia’s internal monologue became somewhat repetitive.
I was glad to see the romantic aspect of this story didn’t overshadow the actual plot and it’s because of the intriguing story line that I’ll continue reading this series, though hopefully it won’t be another two years before I get around to reading the final book in the trilogy, Graduation Day.