Author: Robison Wells
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Series: Variant (Book #2)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 310 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062026100 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062026101 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Karson
Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs.
Or so he thought.
But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison: a town filled with hauntingly familiar faces. People from Maxfield he saw die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.
They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. As he searches for answers, Benson discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are more sinister than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.
Quick & Dirty: Great YA science fiction novel. This was a very satisfying sequel and a wonderful conclusion to the series.
Opening Sentence: Jane stared back at me, motionless.
Warning: If you have not read Variant please proceed with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable.
Benson (the main character) and Becky just escaped from Maxfield Academy, and are the only ones who have done it successfully without dying or being brought back as a prisoners. They were tricked into coming to the school, and quickly held captive in the fenced in school in the middle of a forest, somewhere unknown.
Benson convinced Becky to help lead the student escape. Students tried to escape after they found out a good majority of the students were robots, and not actually humans, even though they didn’t know who was faking it as a robot, and who was the real thing. While trying to escape half the droids turn on the humans, killing many including people Benson cared about.
The second book picks up where you were nicely dropped off the cliff, wondering why Jane is all of the sudden there, milking a cow nonetheless. Becky is sick from a raging fever from the injury to her arm, passing out from sepsis and loss of blood. Benson is out of the school boundaries, but still lost and unsure where to go. I was pretty mad about the first book ending, and it’s good to have read the second book to Variant and get things resolved.
After leaving the school Benson thinks he is safe but then he gets lost and finds a mysterious village that could be its own kind of prison. Turns out that there is a connection between the human and the android. All whom were droids in the first book have their human version/connection in a nearby village, which also is under the control of whomever is behind all the madness.
Benson has to try to figure how to escape, if escaping is really the best option. Does he save himself, his crush, everyone, or nobody? Don’t die Benson! And who ends up being his crush/choice? I know, but do you? Oh boy…romance, drama, envy…yum.
Feedback is an action-packed novel full of conspiracies and adventure. It was a good quick read, and I liked the end. There is a slight lag in the pacing while they are in the village, but overall, it keeps the reader interested. Characters are likeable and some are hated, so it gets the reader caring and involved in what will happen. Overall, this was a unique science fiction series and I would recommend giving it a try.
We stared at each other for just an instant, and then her hands–which had been running through my hair– jumped to my throat.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Feedback. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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