ARC Review of Variant by Robison Wells

Posted August 30, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: Oct. 4th, 2011
Pages: 356
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Series: I have no idea what it is, but it had better be one.
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

VariantVariant by Robison Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Benson Fisher thought a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.


Get ready for a monster rant. I just have to. This book made me so angry. But first, let me tell you something. I loved this book sooo much. I thought it was original and totally awesome and suspenseful and all the great things a thriller should be. Can’t you tell I’m excited? I loved it!! I loved the characters, the imagery, but most of all I loved the plot and the pacing.

This author, who I am assuming is a dude, is brilliant. He has the mind of a psychopath, but the ideas that come out of his brain are fantastic. Well. Somewhere along the line the author and I decided we were going to part ways, because he apparently does not like to end a book in the proper manner. Then again, that also could have been the publisher’s fault. HarperCollins. Harummpph. We need to talk. I don’t mind cliffhangers. I realize that they are quite the norm in the book world these days. Especially when it comes to teen literature. So I want to make that clear. I am not opposed to cliffhangers. I’ve sort of had to develop an immunity against cliffhangers and I think I did well. What I did not, and never will develop an immunity for, is ending a book on a cliffhanger without tying up a single one (a single one!!!!) of the loose ends. There were plot elements left hanging left and right. If I had not been reading this book on an electronic device, it would have taken a swan dive across the room. Seriously. I was mad. And that is all. I promise you HarperCollins and Mr Wells, if you ever do something like this to me again, I will write letters and post on every webpage I can find how much you suck. Okay, not really, but try not to test my patience alright?

Now that that is out of the way. Will I read the next book? You betcha. But will I go into it with completely different expectations and prepared for disappointment? YOU BETCHA.

But the bottom line is, this book had it all: originality, fun characters, breakneck pacing, an awesome setting, and everything I love in a great read. But the ending was terrible. Terrible. Be prepared to be left hanging in the worst way possible. If you are prepared for that, like I wasn’t, then you will come out

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