CBR III Review #105: Variant by Robison Wells
I’m like 30 reviews behind what I’ve read. I’ll never catch up.
Benson Fisher’s arrives at Maxfield Academy as a scholarship student looking for a new start. Bensen has grown up in foster homes all his life and this is his chance to get a real education and earn a scholarship to college. Bensen starts to realize that things are not as they seem when he initially arrives at the academy and find out that no adults are on the premise of the boarding school. The students are monitored by the cameras and microphones strategically placed around the campus. The students are set up to watch and discipline one another, which has created gangs within the students. Punishments, if handed out, are often severe. Bensen soon discovers that all the children have something in common, not a one of them has a family that would ever miss them or look for them.
Benson decides to find a way out of Maxfield Academy and puts his life and the lives of his friends on the line. Then the entire story changes. It’s no longer a mystery but a science fiction novel. I wasn’t a huge fan when Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson changed genre’s half way through but this switch worked a little better. I had fun trying to guess what was going to happen next but I wouldn’t say this novel is a must read or one I wasn’t able to put down.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 674 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (October 4, 2011)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XVN1E4
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews