Variant – book review


Variant is the first book in its thrilling series, written by Robison Wells.

A private school. A scholarship. A chance for a future. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually too good to be true. As soon as Benson Fisher arrives at Maxfield Academy, he realises something is wrong. The walls are too imposing and the fence is topped with barbed wire. And the other kids in Maxfield try to run after the car that dropped Benson to his new home. But Benson soon realises this school isn’t what he thought it was. He thought this scholarship was a ticket out of his dead-end life. But in fact, Benson has just voluntarily walked into a prison.

This school is nothing like Benson has ever encountered before. There are no teachers. The students teach all the lessons. The students are in control of almost everything. But a higher authority is watching over the school. Surrounded by cameras that see everything and everyone, there’s no escape. One wrong move can mean being sent to detention. And once a student goes to detention, the never come back…

From the minute Benson realises the trap he’s walked into, he knows he has to escape. From what he’s heard, no one has every escaped alive. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realises that all he has ever been is a player in their sinister game…

I absolutely loved reading Variant. I was hooked from the very first page and found the whole story attention grabbing. This story was extremely mysterious and had twists that I never saw coming. For me, the ending was just so unexpected and it was something that I never would have expected. I found the whole idea of the school run by students really interesting because I often wondered what school would be like if that were to happen. I was immersed in the world of the three different groups and I know which group I would choose if I were in Benson’s situation. Every character was really different and I liked seeing how they would react to certain things. I found Benson a character that people could really sympathise with. He’s constantly asked questions about the school and he dares to do what others are too scared to attempt. Overall, Variant was a very thrilling and totally unpredictable read. The book ends in such a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I absolutely loved reading Variant by Robison Wells and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10.