Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2

By Joelle Charbonneau

In the sequence debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was once selected by way of the United Commonwealth executive as the best and brightest graduates of the entire colonies . . . a promising chief within the attempt to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman on the college in Tosu urban along with her fatherland sweetheart, Tomas—and notwithstanding the govt has attempted to erase her reminiscence of the brutal horrors of The trying out, Cia recalls. Her makes an attempt to reveal the grotesque fact at the back of the government’s murderous courses positioned her—and her enjoyed ones—in a global of possibility. however the way forward for the Commonwealth is dependent upon her.

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Mistaken . . . ” In among the phrases are just silence and the pulsing of my center marking the passing of the seconds. mins. possibly hours. Time stands nonetheless. in the course of that point, i believe of Tomas and sweetness what trial he's dealing with in his personal Induction. I want he have been the following with me now to aid retain me secure. A whirring sound via a jubilant shout pulls me from my recommendations, yet my legal door doesn't open. The voices open air are louder. I leap while whatever bangs opposed to the field, however the lock remains firmly in position as my teammates proceed to shout phrases that, regardless of how difficult I test, i can't comprehend. The voices move silent. to maintain calm, I count number the seconds. Ten. Twenty. Sixty. 100. nonetheless not anything. simply darkness and silence. Did my workforce fail at their job and endure a penalty? Or did they be successful and select to depart me in the back of? I shut my eyes tight, grab my baggage to my chest, and proceed to pay attention for symptoms that my staff continues to be there. That I haven’t been deserted. That i cannot suffocate during this steel coffin. That i cannot die here—alone. The steel surrounding me vibrates. Over my quickening breath is the roar of a skimmer motor. once more, i've got relied on the place belief was once now not warranted. once more, i'm going to undergo the implications. I may still remain calm. I should still breathe rigorously to preserve my air provide until eventually i locate a manner out of right here. in its place, I bang opposed to the lid of the field and scream. The sound of the motor could drown out my cries, yet I retain screaming at the probability that these leaving me at the back of can pay attention my voice. i would like them to understand that i'm alive now. That if I die, I achieve this at their arms. My throat is uncooked. My palms discomfort while I cease my pounding. by way of now, my crew is gone. If i would like to outlive, i must give you the option out of right here. I shift within the tight house so i will achieve the fasteners on my bag. My hands hunt via my property till they decide on the deal with of my pocketknife. A click on of the flashlight bathes the small house with mild. I fight to shift positions within the tight area as I run the blade alongside the pinnacle and backside of the precise aspect of the field, hoping to discover a flaw within the layout. whilst i locate none, I roll to my left so i will be able to succeed in the opposite facet. So purpose am I on my challenge, it slightly registers whilst I pay attention anything scrape opposed to the skin of the field. I listen the sound back and carry my breath. Voices murmur. I knock thrice at the lid, hoping somebody will comprehend i'm trapped within. I nearly cry with reduction while 3 knocks sound in go back. “Hang on, Cia,” an individual yells. “We’ve nearly obtained it. ” The sound of a latch sliding confirms the phrases. The steel above me shifts upward. I squint into the daylight and notice Will’s and Enzo’s faces peering down. Will’s hand feels hot and powerful in mine as he is helping me stand and climb out. To my left, I see Jacoby and different individuals in their staff arguing. Their skimmer sits twenty ft past them. “I heard the engine and suggestion you’d left. ” My voice is raspy from the screaming. facts of my loss of belief.

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