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If you haven’t read Variant (2011)—and you should—tread cautiously into these spoiler-infested waters. Having escaped from the prison-like Maxfield Academy with the injured Becky, Benson comes across a town in the wilderness populated by the human versions of the teenage robots back at the school. What’s more, these teens have a semi-psychic connection with their android counterparts, through which they can see, hear, and feel. One thing they can’t do, however, is run because of the chips implanted in their brains. So Benson plots for a way to get them out from under the nefarious (and still quite mysterious) hand of Maxfield. In many ways, this is a remake of Variant, with Benson trying to outwit the overlords and head for freedom. However, the claustrophobic tightness of the first book is replaced here by a loose series of threats that never solidify into something worth rooting against. Newcomers will be thoroughly lost, but those who rightfully loved Variant will still hold on to hope—because the final scene has one doozy of a revelation. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus


“An intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I’ve ever read.” (Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four)

“Picking up only moments after the first book ends, Feedback features the same nonstop, breathless pace, adding new dimension to old characters and new plot twists that are hard to see coming. An absorbing read that won’t let fans of the first down.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Product Details

  • Series: Variant (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062026100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Audra on January 31, 2013
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The first book in this series was good. It had a mystery novel type feel. Benson was intelligent and he did a bit of investigating. Good stuff. Feedback did not have this quality. The series turned from mysterious, intriguing story with a perceptive, daring main character (Benson) to a typical YA novel where all the supporting characters do all the thinking for Benson and he just reacts, usually very unwisely.
I was rarely captivated and the supporting characters, who had such an impact in the first book, did not live up to their potential in the second.

The first book had very little profanity. Counted about 9 and the words weren't too harsh: hell's and d##n's. Feedback's profanity was tripled and the words much worse!
The ending was very abrupt. It also jumped the shark. See SPOILERS for details...

Ultimately, I highly recommend the first book Variant, but urge you to go no further.

SPOILERS: Ending - if the explanation was going to be an alien invader then the series should have given extraterrestrial inferences throughout. The insinuation was this was a relatively realistic, practical universe. Some sort of government conspiracy or secret organization. But, ha-hah, aliens! On page 110, when they were theorizing over who was behind this, I jokingly stated it was aliens, but I was only jokin'.

Not convincing: Maxfield Academy had incredible technology; androids, miracle medicines, yet they couldn't find a couple of kids hiding in a wall? What, no thermal imaging? No surveillance equipment; MICRO video cameras/microphones. Maybe the school should have trained some hound dogs as it seems like after 6 hours Benson and Becky's tracking devices couldn't lead the academy to 2 injured kids only 4 miles away! The school couldn't catch them...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on October 21, 2012
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Feedback by Robison Wells is the sequel to the fantastic YA sci-fi thriller Variant, and as far as YA sequels go, this one is pretty good. This is far from a standalone book - you will need to have read Variant before starting this book - and I will have to spoil some events in the first book in order to properly review this book. So if you haven't read Variant, go do it now, it is a fantastic book. If you have read Variant, then read on and let this review help make it easier for you to decide whether to buy this book right now, or a few minutes from now.


Okay, so now that I've put the spoiler tag up... Feedback continues the story of Benson, having just instigated a mass escape from that crazy 1984 Big Brother-esque social experiment high school and having just discovered that more than half the students are actually highly sophisticated androids. On the run with the severely injured rival gang-member Becky, Benson makes for the nearest village hoping to get some medical aid. What Benson finds is a village full of all those students that were sent to detention in the first book, and it dawns on him that this social experiment conspiracy is much further reaching and much more insidious than he originally thought.

So the first thing you will notice with Feedback is that Wells has immediately upped the ante, taking all of the established consequences from the first book and making them more severe to a wider range of people. Escape is no longer the main motive here, this story is all about survival and what it means to every single person.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KVB99 on December 14, 2012
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Variant was such a good book, I had to read Feedback when it came out, but Feedback doesn't have nearly the same sizzle. Benson is now outside the Academy . . . and that's the problem. We now have a funky robot town in place of the Academy and it just doesn't work as well. Also, Benson doesn't have the same attraction as before. Here, there is no single minded overriding purpose or goal that binds the story together from beginning to end. But most disappointing was the end. It came and went so fast, like turning off the bedroom light, and it just seemed too cheesy and shallow to me. So, if you've read Variant and are thinking about Feedback, don't. Keep Benson and Becky in your memory as they were at the end of Variant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on July 9, 2013
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As some of you may know, last year VARIANT was one of my favorites. It had action and thrills and suspense. The last page of Variant was like "WAIT - WHAT?!"

Unfortunately, Feedback just didn't have the oomph that Variant had. It felt forced and went in a direction that I didn't see, but also didn't really like. I mean, stuff got weird and not in the good way. It wasn't full of suspense or thrill, and fell flat for me. I think maybe the stakes were too high and it felt like the first book built and built and built and then there was nothing.

I don't think it was the writing style that wasn't working for me - because it the style was pretty much the same as Variant - it was just the story itself. And even though I didn't really enjoy the story all that much, I gobbled this up in less than 2 days.

I'm looking forward to Mr. Well's next book, BLACKOUT, which comes out in October!
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