I just finished reading Independent Study, the second book in the Testing series of young adult novels. I read the first book a while back and grabbed this one at the library when I saw that it was out, but I don't know if I'll be reading the next one. I like futuristic dystopias. I don't like the way that this book feels like it was written to glorify standardized testing. Cia is one of the first students from her colony chosen for testing in years. What she doesn't realize until it's too late, because the memories of those who survive the testing are wiped, is that the penalty for failing the test is death. (Ever need a real incentive to learn how to do that math problem where you drop a ball off a building and calculate how many times it bounces before it stops?)
These kids are full of information about history and science and politics -- all so they can fill in the right blanks. I was left wondering what happens to the members of the society who aren't brilliant, or maybe don't want to go into STEM fields. It feels like I'm reading propaganda.
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