Monday, February 22, 2016


12942010Goodreads Synopsis:    Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs.

Or so he thought.

But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison: a town filled with hauntingly familiar faces. People from Maxfield he saw die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. As he searches for answers, Benson discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are more sinister than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

My Thoughts:

-    I was SO disappointed in this sequel! Ugh! It was very underwhelming. 

-    The story starts exactly where Variant left off, and I really liked that.

-    Nothing really happens to progress the story until the very very end, and even then I don't think the story concluded or progressed much. The characters mostly stand around and talk about escape, and Benson just worries about what he should be doing. It was slow and aggravating.

-    The ending is SO anti-climactic! I'm not even sure what the crap or who the crap was behind all the experiments. I need more answers!

-    Benson really annoyed me in this story. His character never got any better.

-    I felt like Benson and Becky were constantly being beat up and re-injuring themselves. It was annoying!

-    The whole story seemed very underdeveloped, and so were the characters. I wish there had been more on exactly what Maxfield was and who was behind it all. I also want to know why? Why were they testing androids? What was the point of all this?

Previous Variant Book
(linked to my thoughts)



  1. I've heard this second book just didn't do it for people. I haven't even started the series because of it.

  2. That's too bad that you didn't like this one as much. I haven't read either, although I do own Variant, so we'll see what I think when I finally get to it.

  3. Underwhelming books are so disappointing... Especially when you liked the book before it enough to check it out!

  4. I hate it when sequels don't live up to the first book.