Cover: It plays in well with the book, and isn't overly detailed.
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: Dystopian, Action and Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic
Goodreads Blurb: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.
Published/ing: January 7th, 2014 HMH Books for Young Readers
Yes. Yes. Yes.
This book continued my adoration for this series.
So, being a dystopian book, you have a revolution to go along with your broken society, right? Right.
So it's book two and it's time for a revolution! What I like about this book though, is that the revolution and the whole revolting part is more complicated than it seems. We don't just have rebel group against government, but rebel group, president, part of government against part of government and powerful guy. It's really truly interesting all the politics in this book.
Moving onto characters, Cia is just amazing. She is absolutely the same as I described her in the last book. She is calculating and smart. She is clever and can get herself out of sticky situations. In this book, I love all the inner conflict and turmoil that is affecting her. I love seeing how she pushes through it to focus on the conflict in front of her, but still has to think about all the people she might've killed, he friends might've killed, and the government killed.
Thomas, her significant other (but not really anymore), has become a lot more quiet and conflicting. I really with I'd get to see a bit more into his POV soon just to see what's going through his head.
I really liked all the side characters introduced in this book, and their effect on the plot.
The only real downside I have for these books is I wish they were longer. They are only about three hundred or so pages each but I want more.
The final book in the trilogy, Graduation Day, will be out on June 17th of this year.
I really really liked this book, so I suggest you go find a copy now. Have a good night guys!