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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

When I first got this book, I had absolutely no expectations. I had read the blurb, of course, and the summary was so intriguing that I was definitely looking forward to reading the book. I did not expect to fall in love with it! I finished it all of two minutes ago ...
When I first got this book, I had absolutely no expectations. I had read the blurb, of course, and the summary was so intriguing that I was definitely looking forward to reading the book. I did not expect to fall in love with it! I finished it all of two minutes ago and couldn't wait to write my review for it. I'm not sure what to praise first.

This was one of those books that just grabs you from the very first sentence, takes you on an absolute roller-coaster ride of constant, relentless suspense, and doesn't let go, not even with the last sentence. I read this story in one sitting with very few breaks, because I truthfully didn't want to put off reading a single page. I had to know what happened next. There was very little "down time" in the book. It was constant...taking you from one breathtaking event to another.

The characters were real, honest, sympathetic, and you just couldn't help but love them. Especially Benson. This is one smart guy, brave, but smart enough not to be stupidly brave when bravery won't work. So much of the time you see a good character make a really stupid decision trying to be brave. Not this guy. He knew when to back off and live to fight another day. He knew how to keep things to himself and make smart choices. You had to admire him. The other characters, even the bad ones, were so well drawn that I could imagine them so clearly. You also had to feel sympathy for the bad ones because it seemed they were misguided.

When the "big reveal" comes about halfway through the book, where Benson finally discovers a small piece of what might be happening around him, I was utterly floored. I never in a million years expected it. And when the last big secret is revealed, I didn't expect that either. The author did an awesome job planting doubts in your head and yet still managing to surprise you.

This story was brilliantly plotted, beautifully written and was so suspenseful that you can't soon forget it. It had me right up until the end, and even now I am still in suspense. There is obviously going to be a sequel and I can't believe I have to wait for however many months, or a year, to read what happens next.

Read this story! I dare you not to love it!!

posted by Readergirl_Revus on October 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A decent dystopian type book

Variant - not agreeing or conforming; differing, especially from something of the same general kind. That definition is pretty much the theme of this book. This Dystopian type book deals with a group of kids locked into a school, like lab rats.

Benson thought his li...
Variant - not agreeing or conforming; differing, especially from something of the same general kind. That definition is pretty much the theme of this book. This Dystopian type book deals with a group of kids locked into a school, like lab rats.

Benson thought his life in the foster care system was bad until that day he came to Maxfield. When he finds out that the whole school is ran by teenagers, he instantly knows something is not right and wants to leave. As most of the kids have conformed to never going home there are a small group who call themselves Variants who want to escape. Benson joins this group by default and he refuses to be a part of the Society or Havoc.

Most of the new kids stop trying to figure away out and just live their life trapped inside the school because they know what happens when you try to escape--detention. Those who go to detention never come back, and since nobody ever rescues them they also know that detention means--death. There are cameras everywhere and the Iceman is watching their every move, but it doesn't stop Benson from trying to escape. He never conforms to how things are and can't see how everyone can just play along.

Benson is one tough character, he gets beat up on his first day at Maxfield, but never stops mouthing. He is always mentioning escaping and doesn't care how vocal he is and towards the end when he knows some of the secrets of Maxfield he drives a wedge between the other groups, but it only makes the place more unsafe. He is a smart mouth, sometimes a bit arrogant, but he sure can take a beating and keep on going. I liked him, but sometimes his rants were a bit repetitious.

Maxfield the school in itself is a very well thought out place. The student's closets are elevators that deliver their clothing, etc. There are a lot of those little elevator type closets all over and you can't try to escape in one because they won't move with a person inside them. Those running Maxfield picks only children who will not really be missed as they are either homeless, orphaned, or in foster care. If something happens to one of the kids nobody knows they are missing (but the kids inside Maxfield).

I enjoyed Variant and was a little surprised to find out why they were at Maxfield, but the story reminded me a little to much of The Maze Runner. (One guy who refuses to accept the way things are and decides to figure out how to escape). I also thought it was just a little bit to repetitious with the theme of the story which is pretty much, I have to escape, I can't stay here any longer, why don't you guys try to escape, etc. It seems like more often than not Benson is mentioning he he needs to escape and its like I know you want to escape so now do it. So for me it wasn't quite a 4 star read but almost. I gave it a 3.75 but you can't put that here so I had to go with three.

I believe if you like Dystopian type stories that you might enjoy this book. But I warn you it has a cliffhanger ending!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hate when a book leaves you with this whole..uhhh huhhh what! type ending, it drives me crazy, but makes you really want to know what is going to happen next.

posted by Ladystorm on October 2, 2011

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Action Packed!

    This book started out a little slow for me, but as the mystery starts to unfold, it definitely picks up the pace. Because there is such mystery surrounding the school, you find yourself constantly trying to guess what could really be happening. The characters were strong and had enough depth to get you invested in their well being as they try to navigate the minefield of rules and social structure of Maxfield Academy. I also liked the emotional development of Benson, who is more of a "looking out for number one" type, but starts to really care about what happens to his classmates. The tag-line "trust no one" is certainly apt, because as you read the book, you really can't trust that you know what any of the characters will do or who they will be. One of the best elements is that even after you know what the big secret is, the questions don't stop there. The cryptic warnings from the students and the action, both physical and psychological, keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the book. The ending is a good old fashioned cliff hanger and I'm a little perturbed that I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens! I gave Variant 4 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Pretty freaking compelling

    So, this book? Is pretty freaking compelling. But before I start gushing, let me get one thing clear: this book is not dystopian. No matter what anyone tells you, it is unique and original and fresh and omg and thrilling, but it is not dystopian.

    VARIANT was one of my vacation reads, and I must say, I couldn't have picked a better one! I read the first hundred pages on the way down to FL, and I was so hooked that I didn't even mind my aching back (sitting for that long is hard, y'know). And when I actually arrived and was able to finish the book on the beach: absolute bliss! Though I read this book months ago, I still remember how addictive the story is and the complete shock I felt after those closing chapters.

    In VARIANT, Benson Fisher arrives at Maxfield Academy with one thing: hope that this will be the end to his cliché foster-kid life. But when he finds out that there are no adults in the Academy-only students, who teach themselves and, somehow, form a system on how things run-he realizes that education is the last thing on the owners of Maxfield's minds, and that he's a guinea pig in a big experiment.

    Can I also just say Thank the Lord this book has no snarky female protagonist? Benson Fisher is completely relatable and I sort of found him funny. His romance with one of the students, Jane, was icing on the cake.

    Honestly, do I recommend you go out and buy this book and READ IT IMMEDIATELY? No. Because there is a huge, larger-than-life cliffhanger at the end, you should go out and buy it and, a week before the sequel comes out, read it then!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Awesome

    I really enjoyed this book, probably the best book I've read about kids my age. I love all the evilness and twisted secrets about it and can't wait to read book 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2015

    Amazing book!!!!!!

    C

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Amazing

    This is the bet book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    The twist!

    I found this book great since page one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    Wonderous

    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    :(

    This book just seemed waayy to much like the maze runner which btw the maze runner was much better. I also didn't like how everyone either died or ended up being a bot in the end. Usually I don't like the main characters and this is one of those times. To me Benson was annoying and self centered, all he cared about was himself and he was rude and bossy to the other students, they tried to tell him there was no way out but he didn't listen, and that does not me him heroic. It means he's stupid and doesn't think before he acts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Loved it!!!!

    This book is an extremely good book, with suspense, drama, and, well, stuff! I especially loved the part where (spoiler alert!), Benson Fisher finds out that his girlfriend is an android! Well, from what you can tell.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Stunning Storyline!

    This book is truly a breath-taker from the moment you read the astonishing summary on the back, to the minute when you read the first page, and to the second you close the book. The constant suspense causes you unable to put the book down! Benson Fisher is really desperate to break away from this prison of a school, and he needs to convince the whole school WHY they should help him escape. The only thing I hate is how the book ends; it left me hanging on by a breaking thread. Now I must hurry and purchase the second book, Feedback! Ugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Very exciting and suspenseful

    Me and my brother both loved it! Very suspensful and exciting all throughout the book. The story is about a teen male from pittsburg who cant find a foster family. He applies to a school called maxfield academy which is supose to have gret education system. When he gets there he is explained to that hes stuck in the school and has no connection to the outside world. Cant give to much away. Anywy the book was a real page-turner and I would reccomend it to anyone and exspecially teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Read it!

    This is probably one of my favorite books. The storyline and plot twists make it impossible to put down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes teen novels and a bit of science fiction. Can't wait to read Feedback! Thank you Robinson Wells!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Good

    Nicely written and was full of surprises

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Reminds me of the among the series

    Its alright

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    This book was one of the best books I have read. You don't expec

    This book was one of the best books I have read. You don't expect to be sucked in but after a chapter or so you can't put it down. I would highly recommend it if you liked the Hunger Games. It's a quick read and is very exciting. Not to mention but Variant has an exceptional sequel, Feedback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    This book suks

    Get a real life if you buy this book this book suks period
    O yea and papa and max die






    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Good book

    It has some well defined charecters and a strong story it makes you very emotional and has some suprising twists

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Anonymous

    Very gripping...started out a little slow but then i could not put it down! If you liked Hunger Games and The Maze you will enjoy Variant. Kept me guessing 'til the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Nice quick read!

    I liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Great book. Very interesting.

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