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by Robison Wells
     
 

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Benson Fisher thought the worst was over when he escaped from Maxfield Academy. But now he's trapped in a town where everyone is a pawn in the school's twisted experiment.

While Benson struggles to figure out who he can trust, he realizes that Maxfield's plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

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Overview

Benson Fisher thought the worst was over when he escaped from Maxfield Academy. But now he's trapped in a town where everyone is a pawn in the school's twisted experiment.

While Benson struggles to figure out who he can trust, he realizes that Maxfield's plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

Editorial Reviews

Pittacus Lore
“An intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I’ve ever read.”
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Benson and Becky are two of the lucky ones: they have managed to escape from Maxfield Academy and its threatening experiment in replacing humans with android clones who are somehow tethered to their human counterparts. Now Benson must seek medical assistance for Becky, who was severely injured in the escape. In the forest outside Maxfield, Benson discovers a fort occupied by former residents of the academy. Can he trust the people at the fort? Will they help him plan an escape? This sequel to Variant (HarperTeen, 2011/VOYA October 2011) reveals more of the puzzle about the experiments being conducted at Maxfield Academy. Bit by bit, Benson and his friends unearth the even darker intent of the manufacturing of teen androids. New discoveries make Benson's goal of escape even more urgent. Surely there is a way to stop Maxfield. A small group of teens fighting against a conspiracy that is well financed and organized sets up a novel filled with adventure and plenty of twists and turns. Fans of dystopic series such as The Hunger Games and Insurgent will find much to appreciate in Variant and Feedback, and the others to come in this series. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This story picks up where Variant (HarperCollins, 2011) left off. Benson has broken out of Maxfield Academy, but not without devastating consequences; several of his schoolmates were killed or severely injured in the process. His shock is palpable when he and a badly hurt Becky stumble into a barn and find Jane alive and, well…human. The heart-stopping action of the first book is largely dialed back in favor of quietly disturbing half-revelations about the diabolical Maxfield Academy. The school uses teens to create incredibly realistic androids, many of whom were killed by Benson during his escape. Their human counterparts, including Jane, have been living in fortlike structures outside the school compound. Because of microchips implanted in their brains, the teens receive "feedback," seeing everything their android versions do, as well as experiencing their emotions. The microchips preclude escape—the teens feel pain if they venture too far from the forts-and it's up to Benson to devise a solution. While he was self-absorbed in Variant, here he displays emotional growth through his compassion and love for Becky. But that's not enough to propel a plot that suffers woefully from the lack of action and strong characterization that defined the first book. Readers will be less invested in the fates of the human counterparts as their android versions were far more fascinating. Feedback raises compelling ideas about artificial intelligence and social order, but, unfortunately, the oddly confusing finale leaves more questions than it answers. Purchase if Variant continues to be incredibly popular.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
In Variant (2011), Benton Fisher thought he lucked out when he was admitted to Maxfield Academy in New Mexico, and then even luckier when he escaped what turned out to be a virtual prison populated by robot clones, but… Ben and Becky have fled into the forest, with Becky badly injured. Ben has to find help before they're discovered. The hunt for them is on, and the clock is running against them. Ben finds a settlement outside the school grounds, but he is shocked to discover that it's populated by people he already knows…or thought he knew. But these people are real, while the kids from his past were no more than clones of these originals. Hiding out while Becky recovers, Ben tries to learn who is for real and who can be trusted, always looking for a path to safety. But it becomes clear there is only one way to go: back to school to destroy the enemy from within. Picking up only moments after the first book ends, this book features the same nonstop, breathless pace, adding new dimension to old characters and new plot twists that are hard to see coming. The often violent action flows logically from the plot. An absorbing read that won't let fans of the first down. (Thriller. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062026118
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
84,486
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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