Variant is a must-read. I read and could not put it down until I finished it. Benson just arrived at this "school" and there are no adults but you are constantly watched by video cameras. Breaking of the of the four big rules results in "detention," but no one ever sees them again. I loved the book and its excitement. Benson is a fun, witty, and determined character. He never accepted that he would be stuck there. Variant gets two thumbs up from me.