Review: Feedback by Robison Wells

Genre: Sci fi  Age Level: YA Source: Library Series: Variant #2 Interest: series
Genre: Sci fi / thriller 
Age Level: YA
Source: Library
Series: Variant #2
Interest: series

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs.

Or so he thought.

But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison: a town filled with hauntingly familiar faces. People from Maxfield he saw die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. As he searches for answers, Benson discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are more sinister than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.


I read Variant last year and was unable to forget it because of how creepy it was and how paranoid it made me. Well let’s just say that I’m even more paranoid now.

Feedback is a sequel that does not disappoint and retained all the elements I loved about the first book. It is action – packed, unsettling and shocking.  Since the story is from Benson’s POV, pieces of the plot are not given away ahead of time; only as he slowly learns new things about Maxfield.

Benson’s character is further developed and he is realistically affected by the events that occurred at the end of the previous book. He is still bent on escape, but now understands the cost and has better knowledge of the school. We also get to see a different side of Benson who is no longer the tough loner he thought he was. He is fiercely loyal and caring and stubborn but is also sometimes unsure of himself.

Becky, who didn’t come across as the strongest of characters in the first book,  steps up and lets her voice be heard.  Other characters from Variant return, but I can’t say much more without spoiling anything. There is no love triangle, its more like a line if I were to describe it as a shape, and it isn’t infuriating.

The plot is fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat, both because of the action and because it keeps you guessing. However, I felt that parts of it were confusing and that the book as whole could have been a little more polished.

Once again there is no such thing as right or wrong, good or evil (except possibly in the case of Maxfield though I assume this will be elaborated on in the next book).  Like in the school where the gangs each did what they thought was right, similar issues arise in the town where those in charge abuse their power.

The plot twist at the end was even bigger than the plot twist in Variant and a whole lot creepier on multiple levels. Maxfield’s goals are explained and a whole new element is tossed in right at the end. Be prepared to be suspicious of just about everyone after reading Feedback!

Feedback is a solid and addictive sequel that leaves you wondering. Highly recommended!


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