Book View: Variant

Book View: VariantVariant by Robison Wells
Series: Variant #1
Published by HarperTeen on October 4th 2011
Pages: 373

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.

Short and Sweet:
Variant begins innocently enough. Benson has reached the end of his rope. Not having really anywhere else to go, he accepts an invitation to Maxfield Academy. Although, Benson knows very little about this Academy, he hopes that this will be the turning point in his life. But Benson has no idea what he has just gotten himself into.
Maxfield Academy is completely different anything I was expecting. No teachers. No supervision. Basically, a bunch of teen grouping together to survive. Forming tribe like groups that each person is dependant on. Do well, you get rewarded. Act out, you are punished. I loved the cutting edge feel of Variant. The book overall reads a little slowly, but there is plenty of suspense to keep you going.
Final Verdict:
Variant took me a little longer to read than I thought it would. But it was well worth the time spent. Wells spends plenty of time unfolding his world. Keeping readers guessing until the last moment. And when Variant hit that twist… WOW! Never saw that coming. It was a complete twist from the left field that I probably would have never guessed in a million years. Cannot wait to see what Wells has up his sleeve for the next installment.
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3 responses to “Book View: Variant

    • Kate

      Due to some violence and other situations, I would have a hard time recommending this to someone younger than 15 years old. But some younger may be able to handle it, depending on the individual’s maturity.

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