Independent Study - YA Review by Eli S-M

Reader: Eli S-M
Age: 14
Title: Independent Study
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Children's Book Group
Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I would not recommend this book. It has two major flaws. First of all, its plot seems much too close to the Hunger Games. Many authors are writing in a similar vein these days, after the success of the Hunger Games, but this book was closer than most. Second of all, either the character is incredibly paranoid, or some of the tests the government uses to determine whether you live or die are ridiculous, such as who gets out of the room the fastest after class is dismissed.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was forgettable, mainly because it seemed much too close to the Hunger Games. It used the girl versus dystopian government framework, which other books have admittedly done. This author, however, didn't add her own twist, which made it seem almost identical to the Hunger Games.
Cover: The cover design is fairly attractive and did tempt me to pick up the book. It does reflect the contents of the book.
Age Range: Under 12 through 15
Quality:  2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags: coming of age / dystopian romance / The Testing / ya lit

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