Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Variant by Robison Wells
Title: Variant (Variant Series #1)
Author: Robison Wells
Genre: Teen/YA Fiction Dystopian
Alerts/Warnings: Moderate Violence (some hinted at and others openly shown)
Premise: "After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico's Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems" (King County Library System).
Opinions: This was an intriguing book to read. I was completely fascinated by the plot about a teen from the foster care system who gets into a private school only to find out there are no adults anywhere. Talk about cool. Then the twists kept coming. Oh my goodness! (Can't give away too much.) I kept trying to figure Benson out and what was really going on. Trust me...I had no clue and my jaw dropped when I found out. Even the end of book made me sit up and say, "NO FREAKING WAY!!!!" This book is a psychological thriller.
I did wonder about Benson as he appeared callus toward things that some of the students said that had happened at Maxfield Acadamy before his arrival. But, then again I wondered if I were coming from a life of abandonment would I act the same, and I honestly might have. I think the main reason I didn't give this book a fabulous rating is because I spent the whole time reading the book trying to ascertain who was really in control and at the end I still have no clue. But, hey, that just makes me want to read book two - Feedback - which came out this last week. Well played Robison Wells.