Summary

Benson Fisher thought that 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.
©2011 Robison Wells (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy P. on 12-01-15

Goldstrom Nailed "VARIANT" AMAZING NARRATOR!

Would you consider the audio edition of Variant to be better than the print version?

I consider the audio edition to be EQUAL to the print edition. With an incredibly will written book like "VARIANT", that's no easy feat!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Variant?

Following Benson's growth and decision making as his challenges kept getting bigger and bigger. He stepped up to every challenge, and I really could imagine him growing from a boy into a young man by the end.

Which character – as performed by Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

Benson Fisher

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was ticked off at the adults, who children are taught to trust and believe only have their best interests in mind, turned out to be their biggest terror and adversaries.

Any additional comments?

What a fantastic book for my first audible experience. SO well done! Couldn't ask for a better author or narrator!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Word Nerd on 23-10-11

Wow

This book was incredible. I mean, there have been storylines where people ended up where they didn't want to be, but this was written so well. The main character realized right away that something was wrong with the school he was sent to. When he asked the other students, they agreed but they had plausible reasons for sticking around. A lot of books have one character who has some common sense and all the other characters who appear clueless. Some stories have main characters who make really stupid decisions. In Variant, Benson's actions and reactions were believable. I can't say I saw the "explanation" coming. Once it was revealed many things made sense, but there were still many curiosities. Apparantly, there will be sequels to explain them. I look forward to them.

I only have two complaints:

1. The last few lines were very important, yet I had no idea who was speaking.
2. Why do I have to wait so long for the next book?

Great job Robison Wells.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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