Q&D Book Review: ‘Variant’ by Robison Wells

Book Cover: Variant by Robison WellsAt first glance, the synopsis of this book sounds creepy, cool, scary and awesome. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t live up to the hype.

Benson Fisher is just another foster kid in the system who somehow finds out about the perfect school for kids like him – ones without family, prospects, hope. It’s on the other side of the continent from Pittsburgh, but it’s his ticket out and away from the mean streets, uncaring foster parents and hopelessness. Too bad the brochures don’t tell about the chips every student has to wear 24/7, the cameras that are everywhere and the fact that there are no adults anywhere on campus. Oh – and once you’re there, you stay. Period.

But after Benson uncovers an unnerving secret, he wants to escape more than ever. ‘Cause no one is going to believe him and some of the other students may try to stop him from revealing it. And he’s running out of time.

The idea of this story is so intriguing. What would you do if you were dropped into a society where you couldn’t leave, didn’t know who was your enemy and didn’t learn anything at school? Where everything you were told to do seemed like some kind of weird science experiment? That’s what Benson is dropped into.

There is so much set-up to the story that it seemed like nothing really happened until after page 200. It was dry and little too secretive. Books gotta give up their story at some point, right? This book was worse than a tight-lipped spinster at a kissing booth. As the reader, I had to continue to give my time, my trust and my beliefs for which at some point, I would receive payback. The check was small.

Rating: 2.5

Variant by Robison Wells was published October 4, 2011 by HarperTeen. Ink and Page checked this book out of the library.

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian
Ages:12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

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