The second book from The Testing Trilogy
The entire first half of the novel regarding the Induction process felt pointless and unnecessary. It felt like the author began writing the second novel and realized she didn't have enough information to make it complete, so she included an entire first section in an attempt to create more drama. However, not only does the Induction fail at building suspense like the Testing did, this entire series of events also opens up many glaring plot holes that I simply could not ignore for the rest of the book. Furthermore, while Cia was a decent character in the first novel, she felt bland and uninteresting in this one. It felt like she never learned from the events of the Testing and was too perfect. Even worse, the second main character doesn't even appear. In all honesty, I barely even noticed. The romance in the first novel was forced, and the second novel only continues it. While this novel did add a couple more interesting characters, there were so many that I couldn't remember the names of half of the cast. If there's any saving grace, it would be the second half of the novel, where the action starts building and it actually feels like there's a threat. Furthermore, Cia's character also began to grow in the second half, though I wish her development could've started a bit earlier. In general, I would say this novel did not hold a candle to the first book of the series. I only hope the third improves.
- Here is an interview with the author of Independent Study
- A page that explains how hover boards, which are similar to skimmers, could potentially work
- An article that goes over the history of dystopian novels
- This article describes the possibility of World War III occurring, similar to how a war was what destroyed the world in Independent Study
- This page lists the after effects of nuclear war
- A link to the first novel in The Testing Trilogy
- A page that discusses standardized testing, our modern equivalent of the Testing that takes place in the first novel.
- Here you can read an excerpt of Independent Study
- The official book trailer for The Testing (cannot be viewed on Chromebook)
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a popular science fiction novel with a similar atmosphere to Independent Study. Particularly, the Induction portion of the novel, which is a survival sequence, is very similar to the actual hunger games part. Furthermore, both deal with a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government, and the main character is an important member of the rebels in both stories. However, in Independent Study, the majority of the novel is more focused on the emotional states of the characters, with only the first half involving survival.
Divergent contains many similar elements to Independent Study. Both revolve around the idea of society using tests as a method to group people together. However, while in Independent Study only a select few are given the chance to take and pass this test, in Divergent everyone does but is allowed to make their own decision on where to go. Furthermore, the University in Independent Study is more focused on studies and not action, so it would be more similar to the Erudite Faction in Divergent.
This is yet another dystopian novel. Legend has a very similar world to Independent Study, where in citizens take tests in order to determine their futures. Another similarity is that both Legend and Independent Study do not focus on the tests (That is done in The Testing), but rather on the aftermath and what occurs afterwards. However, in Legend, more of the story revolves around one of the main characters hunting for the second main character. It's not as much about the government system as it is a character story.
The Hunger Games
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