In Variant, Benson Fisher applies for a scholarship to Maxfield Academy thinking he’ll enter a new life away from the agony of moving to a new foster home every couple months. But Maxfield Academy is not what he thought it would be. It is surrounded by a wall twelve feet high and a razor wire fence. Video cameras are placed all over the building. Many punishments are doled out daily to disobedient students. Some rules are so strict the penalty is death! Yet there are no adults to enforce these rules. Benson wants to find out why, and more importantly, he wants to escape. But how will he manage this?
This book was so gripping, I read all 375 pages in two days! I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of ten. (It’s kind of violent.) The end was a real cliffhanger and left many questions unanswered. I can’t wait for the sequel!