Review: Variant by Robison Wells

Variant coverLongtime foster kid Benson Fisher knows that no one is going to get him out of the system. But he’s tired of foster care. Tired of bouncing around from place to place. Tired of “working” at his foster parents’ gas station for no pay. Tired of broken schools full of broken people. So he gets himself a scholarship to Maxfield Academy.

Now he’s trapped. Locked behind an unclimbable wall, under the watchful eyes of security cameras, he and the other seventy-some students divide into gangs under an uneasy truce. The Society wants to keep the rules, keep the peace. Havoc wants to live it up with no adult supervision. And Variants…Variants want to get out.

Benson wants to get out.

But the more he learns about the school, the less sense it makes. And then he discovers the secret that could change everything. But does it actually change anything?

Variant will appeal to fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s GameThe Hunger Games series, and other dystopian series, although this is not a dystopian story, per se. This book blends elements of dystopia, science fiction, mystery, and psychological thriller into a highly entertaining book that you won’t want to put down until you reach the end.

Recommended for grades 6 and up – depictions of violence, descriptions of kissing, mild profanity.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

 

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