Variant by Robison Wells

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Variant (Variant, #1)Title: Variant
Author: Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: October 4, 2011
Pages: 373
Series: Variant #1

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.

I read this book in a matter of hours, that's how hooking it was. The mystery of the school grabbed me from the first page, barely releasing me on the final one, making me think about what could happen to the characters next and how their lives would be forever changed. Apart from the brutal cliffhanger, I also enjoyed the characters; they had coherent thought even when they did not seem to at first. The book was set in Benson's point of view, one with recent experience of the outside world, giving him more to base his decisions on than most of the other students had. The setting was a mysterious one, you never knew what the school would throw at you, or rather the people who ran the school would. What was the best part of this book? The way it made you feel for all of it's characters, even those that were opposing the protagonist which can only be credited to the phenomenal writing that wove the story in a fashion of mystery and surprises. The story was paced excellently, never too slow or rushing crucial events, adding to the quality of this book even more. Altogether, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysterious reads or wants to try something unique and new, for those reasons I give Variant a 5/5.

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