Review: Variant

Oct •  9 •  2011

Title: Variant
Series: Variant #1
Genre: Young Adult- Dystopian/Fantasy
Author: Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Book: ARC Sent by publisher

“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.”
Variant is one of those books that keeps you on your toes. I mean, the plot from the very first page kept me hooked and my heart racing fast!
What I liked most about this book is the plot line and the mysteriousness of it. If anything, I love being kept in the dark only to dive into the book faster in order to piece together whats really going on. So much intense moments of the book made my giddy! I like that the plot line involved not only a school but that kids run it. I am so curious to known what the school is hiding.
The characters of the book are strong and loud. I loved that the characters raised questions and broke rules. Benson the main character really kept the reader asking questions as well as answering them. I love that Benson was not taken by the rules. He is not afraid to ask and to snoop around. Plus his bad boy rebelling  attitude had me at hello!
The love interest really freaked me out as much as it did to Benson. I so did not see that coming and gasp! I had no idea that it will lead this way but it raised even more questions!! The ending definitely left me hooked and wanting more!!
Variant is a novel of mysterious and great writing. Every page turn left you wanting more. Every word left you breathing short. And every turn of the page took you on a reading adventure like no other.
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Kate Evangelista
    Oct 9, 2011

    You don’t know how much I envy the fact that you can read so fast. Sigh. 🙂

  2. Anna
    Oct 9, 2011

    I’ve been wondering about this book since I saw it on NetGalley and now your review all but made me want to read it myself!

  3. Rie Conley
    Oct 9, 2011

    I have this sitting and staring up at me every time I head to bed. Perhaps I’ll have to pick it up now that I’ve read your review! Sounds so suspenseful!

  4. LoriStrongin
    Oct 10, 2011

    Sounds like a good read! A school run by students *can’t* lead to anything good, and it makes me wonder who’s monitoring those cameras.

    Thanks for the rec!


  5. Ah hah! You love a rebel! 🙂

    Oh this sounds so interesting. I love an on the edge of your seat read. The romance sounds great too! Oh I’m so adding this one!