Wells, Robison E. (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Wells, Robison E.
Title: Variant
Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen,, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 376 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: 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.
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ISBN: 9780062026088
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"When Benson Fisher is accepted into Maxfield Academy, he's relieved to escape from the foster care system and excited to make a fresh start. But soon after the doors of the boarding school lock behind him, Benson realizes that he's made a huge mistake. Students at Maxfield are trapped, under constant surveillance, and at war with each other -- and the punishment for rule-breakers is death. Be sure to start this impossible-to-put-down novel (a great choice for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner) when you have plenty of time, because its brutal action, startling revelations, and surprising twists are sure to keep you reading straight through the cliffhanger ending -- and maybe even into the sequel, Feedback." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c

Report This Sep 13, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

See, that's one of my big problems with spoilers. A twist only works if you don't see it coming, and this paperback copy is covered--front and back--with blurbs talking about how great and shocking a twist the book has. So I went into this book knowing nothing would be as it seemed and expecting something "unexpected," which kept me from suspending my disbelief enough to get into the story or being at all surprised when things were revealed. I'd feel bad about saying all of this in my review, except any reader will necessarily see it on the cover of the book. --- Otherwise, this is a good suspense story that reads like a good video game plays: you (the character and the reader) are dropped into a strange world with unknown rules, parameters, and goals and have to figure out first how to survive and then how to advance. It's an action-based puzzle full of mystery and suspense. While you're playing against the game, the other players are potentially either allies or enemies depending on how well you negotiate your social interactions. And the stakes of the game are life-and-death. --- Orphaned Benson has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to another never getting close to anyone, so he's excited about his new private boarding school as a chance to finally have some stability. But the school is not a school. After he is dropped off, he learns there are no adults and the students are held prisoner. Their only interactions with the outside world are through computers and the automated building. Their coming and going through all doors is controlled and they are surrounded by a wall, a fence, and miles of wilderness. Students who break the rules disappear. They are trapped, and no one knows why or what it means. But no one escapes. Ever.

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • Haven04 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

wow this book was intruiging, cant wait to read the next

Report This May 31, 2013
  • cheers999 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great sci-fi read. LOVE the last couple of sentences!

Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Futuregohangurl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a very good book. very interesting. i bought the sequel and i heard mixed reviews about the sequel but i will ahve to see. i couldnt wait for the library to get the sequel so i bought it. its similar to other books but yet different and fresh i will give it 4 and a half rating

Report This Oct 17, 2012
  • lmn14x rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love it when Yahong Chi reviews a book, but there's nothing left to say, except that this person is a great writer, one of the few I bother to follow. The next book is called Feedback; my advice is to make sure you order it ahead of time so you don't have to wait forever when you hit the cliffhanger ending of Variant...like I'm doing.

Report This Aug 15, 2012
  • khlavon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reminds me of the Maze Runner an also awesome book.

Report This Jul 08, 2012
  • McDanny101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my favorite books! I hope that this book will get more recognition in the future.

Report This Jun 26, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Robison Wells’s young adult debut is immaculately paced with an engaging lead and enough different elements from previous ideas to render it believably unique. Though the no-adults concept is straight-up Lord of the Flies, instead of the degeneration of civilization, we see a haphazard society set up for a very 21st-century purpose, which is revealed through an intriguing, if not wholly original, twist. Benson comes off as a practical, level-headed protagonist, thanks to his continued focus on escaping without bowing to the plentiful peer pressure. The little angst focused on his worse-than-dreary past and the even mix between teen-hormone-fuelled romantic relationships and non-repetitive planning for escape all add to the sensible, trust-worthy impression received by the reader. Within any kind of educational environment, a distinct hierarchy of the students exists, and Variant successfully highlights this. It serves as both a smooth method of developing side characters and leaves the true enemies in ambiguity. The plot moves along at a well-managed clip: after a particularly horrific and revealing event, Wells shifts to speculation through Benson to help stack the mystery around the school ever higher, followed by a smaller incident that serves to up the stakes yet another notch lest the reader falter. Though Variant finishes in a cliffhanger, there will be little hair-pulling done on the reader’s part as the end opens up a new venue of possibilities rather than teasing the reader with crucial information. This is a promising start to what foreshadows to be an addictive series.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • manix11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you liked the maze runner then you'll LOVE this book. It had so much more drama, and i think the plot was better thought out too. A definite recommended read.

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Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Futuregohangurl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: the library has it marked as a mature read which i can see why by the fighting and language i think there is a little swearing in it and the graphicness of it

Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Futuregohangurl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: a little bit of fighting in it and a little blood but not too bad. i just wanted to notify people there is fighting in it


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