Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teen review: Science Fiction

by Robinson Wells
373 pages
Science fiction

Reviewed by George S., grade 8

Variant, by Robinson Wells, is a sci-fi story that takes place at Maxfield Academy, where everything is completely wrong: Gangs of teenagers rule the school, and there are no teachers or, in fact, any adults, and also no escape. In this first novel of a series, Benson Fischer takes on challenges as he strives to achieve his goal of escaping. However, when things get tough and a great secret about the purpose of Maxfield is revealed, his plan will have to be postponed, and he will have to deal with learning more about who he can really trust.

The book was really much better than I thought it would be. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. It went kind of slowly at first, until the end where all the action took place. I really enjoyed it because if there were a couple of adults around, Maxfield would be like a luxury summer camp. This was quite similar to The Maze Runner because the maze is an experiment in that book, just as Maxfield Academy is in Variant. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read or enjoyed reading The Lord of the Flies, because they both have the central focus on how teens fare on their own when separated from adults. If you wonder what happens when teens form their own society without adults, this is definitely your book.

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