- Series: Variant (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062026101
- ISBN-13: 978-0062026101
- ASIN: 0062026100
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 170 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feedback (Variant) Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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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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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... the school couldn't catch a cold.
Benson and the others seemed to think Birdman was irrational and just wasting time for gathering intelligence: details, floor plans, guard duties. Yes, I couldn't ever imagine why anyone who wanted to escape would want this type of information :-S
Harvard is crazy because he is always talking about escape, but never following through or using logical conclusions. He was trying to find a transmission tower for their implants. No, this is not unreasonable! Yeah, it could be GPS, but a transmission tower is just as probable and definitely worthy looking into!