Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (109)

Variant by Robison Wells
Benson Fisher thought 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. [summary from Goodreads]
I have only the vaguest idea of the what this story is going to be about from its summary, but... whoa. Is it paranormal? Thriller? Mystery? A combination of them all? I want to know!

Variant will be published in hardcover from HarperTeen on October 1, 2011.


  1. I was wondering what genre it was too and agree it does sounds good. Adding it to the list! My WoW pick this week is more on the magical AU fantasy side.

    My WoW

  2. It is pretty vague! But it still sounds great, I definitely think there are some mystery and thriller bits in there. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for sharing :).

  3. This one is available at I discovered it last night. It sounds great!

  4. This sounds very intriguing! I added it to my TBR list and I'll definitely be looking forward to it!

  5. I love it when a book doesn't fit neatly into one genre -- sounds like a great read!

  6. When I heard Robison Wells talk about it in February, I think I remember him saying it was dystopian...

  7. I'm just as curious as you to find out more! In any case, Variant sounds really suspenseful!

  8. Hey! I'm so glad you're excited about the book!

    As for the question of genre, it's being marketed as dystopia. While it definitely has dystopian overtones, I think it's more accurate to call it a... thriller? It's modern-day, with just a hint of sci-fi.

    Does that help? I'm being pretty vague because I'm hiding spoilers. :)

  9. I believe that this books shows some obstacles that author and coach Vera Jones touches on and more in her motivational book "
    Play through the foul"

    You can also live chat with the author tomorrow June 21, at U-STREAM. DONT MISS OUT!!


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