Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: "Variant" by Robison Wells

Received via: ARC - Netgalley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 4th, 2011

The Scoop: (from Goodreads)

 Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
He was wrong.
Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
Where breaking the rules equals death.
But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

My take:

Wow! This book was great! After about three pages, I knew I was strapped into the seat of a rollercoaster and there was no getting out until the last page was turned. I like to pride myself that (due to reading ALOT of books) I can usually figure out what's coming or where we're going pretty early on. Well, with Variant, I was thrown for a loop every time. It zigged when I thought it would zag down to the last page.

This picture should be featured at the beginning of this book. Hang onto your hats, here we go!

I love that Variant didn't spend three chapters trying to convince us that Maxfield Academy is anything that it wasn't. Benson knew from the gate that he was in trouble. Now, it was just a matter of figuring out why this place was spooky and how he was going to get the heck out of there!

My only criticism of Variant would be the MASSIVE cliffahanger at the end. This book ended up really being more like Act One of the series (which is fine if you're at a Broadway show and all will be resolved in and hour and a half, but a bummer when you have to wait for a year between books!)

I didn't have to wait a year and a half to find out what happened to Eponine!
Ultimately, I really liked Varient all the same and, I promise, I'll be first in line for the sequel!

Final Verdict:


  1. Sounds interesting. I'm not a fan of that sort of ending unless I know up front that it's a series/trilogy, but now I know that I'll keep my eye out for this one. Thanks!

  2. Wasn't this a great book. Totally original and I love that it has some sci-fi. There is a linky for this review too if you are interested.



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