Book Review: Variant by Robison Wells

Title: Variant
Author: Robison Wells
Series: Variant Book #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: September 26, 2011

Book Summary

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.

I really liked the first half of this book. It reminded me of The Maze Runner which I really enjoyed. It’s a unique read that would appeal to a wide audience including teenage boys. The second half of the book was good but took some really bizarre turns.

I can usually figure out where a book is going but was completely wrong with this one. It was completely unpredictable. The cover says Trust No One on it but I didn’t realize how literally I should have taken that warning. It was full of twists and turns I didn’t see coming. It made for an interesting read although it was almost a little too far fetched to be completely believable.

I’ll be picking up the sequel Feedback which will be released in October just to see where the author heads next after the cliffhanger ending this book had.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Content: a couple mild swear words

Source: Library