Independent study is a suspenseful story that makes you never want to stop reading. It's a great sequel to the previous book, "The Testing." Once Cia is accepted into the university, she realizes that it is different from what she expected. Cia and Tomas decide they need to put a stop to the testing once and for all. This is less violent than the first book of the series "The Testing" although it does have some incidences of violence.