Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Variant by Robison Wells

Title: Variant (Variant Series #1)
Author: Robison Wells
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: Teen/YA Fiction Dystopian
Rating: Love
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.

1 comment:

Loralee said...

This was a terrific book! My only problem was that I didn't realize until the end that it would have a sequel. Luckily, there was enough of an ending that I wasn't horribly upset.