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by Robison Wells

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Perfect for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Feedback is the heart-stopping sequel to Variant—which Pittacus Lore, author of I Am Number Four, praised as "an intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I've ever read."

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. He


Perfect for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Feedback is the heart-stopping sequel to Variant—which Pittacus Lore, author of I Am Number Four, praised as "an intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I've ever read."

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. He thought that the worst was over.

But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison—a town filled with familiar faces. Classmates from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school's twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy's plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

Editorial Reviews

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
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
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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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Variant , #2
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773 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Pittacus Lore

“An intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I’ve ever read.”

Meet the Author

Robison Wells is also the author of Blackout, Variant, and Feedback. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Robison lives in the Rocky Mountains in a house not too far from elk pastures. His wife, Erin, is a better person than he will ever be, and their three kids cause mischief and/or joy.

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Feedback 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the ending didnt appeal to me, this is a fantastic, action packed book. It is a great sequel.
Fuzzter More than 1 year ago
I did not like Variant. I hate syfi. However i loved Feedback. It was more involving, faster paced, and more intriguing to me. The action was so much better, the scene with Isaiah was so fantastic and made so happy. I am so glad Becky had such a major part, she was always my favorite character because she was the only believable one to me, with her tiny back story with David. But I did see the ending coming half way through the book and was very disappointed by it, that's why it loses a star. Worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was pretty interesting, I was thinking maybe a government conspiracy or something equally cool. The beginning of this one was good, but after Bensen got caught it went down quickly. Really, aliens? Nothing suggested it, and the idea was onky exploited in about two pages of extremly anticlimatic ending. I think an epilogue could have helped, but there will be no sequel to this so it ends with the alien disappearing, and them sorta leaving, no fallout, no sense of truely wrapping up the loose ends at all. I am sad to say this ending made me regret buying it. It has ya content and a third grade reading level ending (think R.L. Stine and Goosebumps). So mich potential wasted...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$10. Really? Just go get it from the library. And if yu dont like it you didnt waste $10 on it. Variant was awesome, I loved it. But im not sure about feedback. It wasnt how i would have liked it to end...
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
This review will be short and sweet. If I say too much there’s a possibility there could be spoilers. Character-wise, Benson annoyed the hell out of me. He makes decisions based on emotion rather than being smart about things. I also respect Becky a lot more in this sequel. I wasn’t a big fan of hers in Variant. There is a lot of WTFery that ensues. You think things are going one direction, and they aren’t. There isn’t a ton of action, but you slowly start piecing things together. The people in the camp help fill in some holes. The ending completely took me by surprise. Seriously, way out of left field for me. But that’s not bad, it made the story line way more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing i didnt like was the ending, other than that it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great second book of the series hoping for a third
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robison Wells is a fantastic author. He kept me interested from beginning to end with an imaginative plot and believable characters. He brings a whole new twist to an old idea that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. While this is one of my favorite series recently, I give Feedback only 4 stars because I feel Robison could have concluded a little stronger. Thank you for the journey though! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta say I was disappointed with this one. And I looked forward to it so much too! The first novel was great and I felt this one just fell short. The town was a surprise I guess but to me it wasnt delivered well. It was all over the place and I kind of read it with dispatched interest. That whole thing with Jane and Becky was just..no. Hopefully the next installment is better. 3.4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gotta say i was really dissapointed it could have been way better . I cant belive he would end the series like that it makes no sense how are they going to ( spioler alert) stop the alians from taking over the earth does every one get back to the real world , whoelse have the robots replaced . So like i said this couldve been an amazing book but they just thought different so like i said very dissapointed in this book that is why im giving it 3 stars if robbinson wells is reading this its a good series i loved the first on but please make more books to tie up the lose ends.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good book very good amount of action! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is a quick, exciting story that leaves you guessing until the very end. There is also one of the best cliff hangers I've ever seen on the last page of this book. I immediately went and bought the second, "Feedback," and can't stop reading that one either. I will be looking for more Robison Wells books to devour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it and I loved the story line.
daaangnicole_ More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed with this book . Variant was AMAZING and had me reeled into its sequel , but this .... This was terrible . Certain chapters were fine . The ending made ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE .  It went by extremely fast (i do enjoy a fast paced book , but Feedback was too much) and was pretty anti climactic . I often had to reread paragraphs in the last chapters . It just seemed that Mr . Wells needed an ending . I would've been more forgiving if there was an epilogue or a third book . It just left so much open . Like unanswered questions , but not in an exciting cliffhanger way . More confused and "What just happened ?"-esque . The characters and plot were fine . The ending fell short , sadly . 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Variant and couldn't wait to read Feedback, but when i finally got it, i found parts of it both slow and confusing. I thought that the town was a good idea, but ut was like the author didn't know what to do once the characters got there. The ended hooked me back in in a way, but overall i preferred Variant.
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My teacher had my language arts class read this book as a book club and I thought it would be boring.... BUT after the first few chapters I was hooked. We were only supposed to read to page 213 but I "accidently" finished the book. I 100% reccomend this book to anyone in middle school or even high school, ITS AWESOME!!!!! I'm currently reading the 2nd book Feedback and cant wait to review it
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