Wednesday, May 15, 2013

4.5 stars: Variant (Variant series, #1) by Robison Wells

"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."

Published September 26th 2011 by HarperTeen. I listened to the audio book format of this book. 

It's day three of the Bout of Books read-a-thon! I'm making good progress so far. Aside from Variant, this week I also finished Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout and I read Impostor by Jill Hathaway. You can click on those links for my reviews. I have two more books to read to meet my goal for this week!

Wow. this book had so many twists and unexpected revelations. I couldn't stop listening, because I had to know what would happen next. Plus, I obviously wanted to know why the school existed and what it was up to! Only parts of that were answered in this first book. 

This falls into the dystopian genre and is filled with action. Like, literal action. There are very detailed fight scenes and paintball game scenes. You get a play-by-play of everything. That was a bit much for me, because I felt that while those scenes progressed the story, we really only needed to know that they happened, and not what happened every minute of them. The action scenes were the ones that dragged the story for me, because I wanted to know, no, I NEEDED TO KNOW, what was going to happen next, so I wanted to get past those scenes! SUSPENSE!
So you know how lots of book summaries say "nothing is as it seems," and you groan because that's the most overused statement ever (just like people groan when they see Papyrus in my banner, but dammit, I like how it looks)? Well, in Variant, things aren't what they seem! 

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