I read a dystopian young adult book series a few years ago that I want to identify. The setting is in a war / natural disaster-torn Earth (the people there are taught that the earth caused the natural disasters because of the wars) where most of the ground is "corrupted," causing animals to become essentially rabid. The story takes place in the Midwest area (near Milwaukee and Chicago) in an area of cleansed area.
The female protagonist lives on the fringe of the cleansed area (near Milwaukee) in a smaller settlement that is more agricultural in nature. She has two(?) brothers who are really good at developing agricultural tech and she isn't, so she is worried that she won't be accepted into the prestigious academy, but she is accepted into the leadership / government area.
Other bits I remember:
- She gets her memory partially wiped and finds a recording of her telling her terrifying things about the preselection process and the people that she thought were her friends
- The students have to wear a tracking bracelet
- There is a part of the story where the students are dropped off in an unknown location, and once the groups of people come back, the bridge separating the school and them were withdrawn. There were a couple supplies left out, but the protagonist realized that it was impossible to make it across (it was a lesson on knowing when to stop)
I will try to answer any questions, and any help is appreciated!