Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Here is book 2 of the second installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.
independent study (Joelle Charbonneau)
This book is the sequel to the testing and represents another port that I have plundered. Arrrr! In this novel the main character Cia has passed the testing and has entered formal studies as an entry-level University student. The testing has ended . . . or has it? Cia is trying to find the truth behind the testing process.
While this book was enjoyable, it was not nearly as good as the first novel. Book 2 seemed to be one long set-up for book 3. The hazing, classes, and assignments seem almost pointless and Cia gets through fairly easily. However, unlike yesterday’s book, Cia seemed to be a lot more clueless and lost in this part of the story in terms of the bigger picture. A lot of what she does learn seems accidental and/or has information given directly to her with no real effort on her part. The secondary characters also have a lot less of a role to play, though I did enjoy the addition of the city students. Cia doesn’t seem to connect to or really care about any of them. The novel kinda felt like Katniss wallowing in mockingjay forever with no major purpose.
Ultimately I think this entire novel could be summed up with a couple of chapters and the rest skipped with no real loss. It was kinda boring even though I still was rooting for the main character. The plot’s “twists” were not even that surprising even with the cliff-hanger ending. But I am still looking forward to finding out what happens next. Check in again tomorrow for the conclusion to this installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.
Now normally I would post a summary of the novel here. But as this is a sequel where the summaries online basically tell the plot, I am skipping the summary so you can find out what happens for yourself . . .
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