Monday, October 22, 2012


By Robison Wells
HarperTeen, 2012. 312 pgs. Young Adult

In this sequel to Variant, Benson and Becky have escaped from Maxfield Academy, but just barely. With Becky seriously injured and them having no idea where they are or how far it is to safety, they are desperate to avoid being recaptured. Against his better judgement, Benson takes Becky to a town his discovers--a town where his schoolmates reside, a town where he finds that several of his classmates were actually robot duplicates of real people living in the town. Although he still wants to escape completely, Benson is no longer confident that he knows how, as he comes to realize that he's up against something much bigger than he realized.

I really enjoyed Variant, but Feedback just wasn't as appealing to me. There was a lot of worrying, fighting against bad robots, and not a whole lot more. The plot felt very cyclical to me, and once the twist at the end was finally revealed, it pretty much lost my interest entirely. It will still appeal to fans of sci-fi and teen guys, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the first book.


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