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Feedback (Variant #2)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  5,193 ratings  ·  796 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperTeen
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2.5 stars.

This is hard for me. I adored Variant. I was really looking forward to the sequel. I counted the months, even.

Alas, I was thoroughly disappointed. The book was very dull. It got "exciting" halfway through but just for a fleeting moment—the good stuff was gone as soon as it came. I was hoping for anything to stop the never-ending snoozefest.

I'm so sad. Variant's ending/cliffhanger left me (us) with so many theories, and I was expecting Feedback to blow us away with the real answer. It
Robison Wells
Feb 25, 2012 Robison Wells rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Pretty fantastic.

ETA - new review; 22nd Oct

When I read Variant #1, I thought it was one of the most amazing books I had ever read in 2011. It was my 'bug people to read it until they do' book.

So it's safe to say that I was very, very excited to start Feedback (as you can tell from my 'HURRY UP, HURRY UP' comment above)

In Variant there was tension and suspense with the added element of surprise with all the twists it had in it.

In Feedback - there's...well, nothing.

The answers you get to
I know what you're all thinking: Rob Wells wrote another book? Beardy guy, loves a good sweater? Huh, okay. I mean, sure his first book, VARIANT, was fantastic, and there was a huge plot twist that we didn't see coming. But it's not like he could do it again.

Don't let the Cosby sweater fool you. FEEDBACK is amazing. I felt pretty confident that the second book could not possibly contain a plot twist that would come close to touching the one in VARIANT. But let me tell you something, there's a mo
Jan 22, 2013 Serena rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, scifi
2.5 stars

Pretty disappointed. The book was ok - not bad, not great. But after how much I loved Variant, it was a let down. The answers didn't feel as satisfying as I'd hoped, and all of the emotional buildup felt artificial.

With Variant, even beyond the element of surprise, you got a sense of the characters. Here, they just felt like props. And the need to escape didn't feel immediate, whereas in the first book, the tension and paranoia were killing me.

Benson didn't seem as smart or heroic, but
Katie Joiner
There's no summary! So, being me, I went on the author's website (, if you want to check it out) and got the summary off there. It sounds pretty good!


Coming October 2012!

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
Aug 02, 2013 Jamie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I had high expectations for this sequel to fill in the missing links Variant left the reader. At first it seemed like things were getting there, albeit slowly, with an extra helping of a few more gaps along the way.

Benson's behavior seemed a bit erratic at times, but then again who's to say how a normal teenager would act if put in the same position. The action was pretty slow most of the way to where it felt like the climax was a little too drawn out. The climax itself was just random, and left
When a friend recommended Variant by Robison Wells, I was skeptical. Typically, I don’t do science fiction and I don’t do YA (except for the Twilight series, which I do so enjoy disliking that I can’t seem to stop reading. Seriously, I accidentally happened upon The Short Life of Bree Tanner the other day at the library, and almost picked it up. Even though there are probably at least a billion other books I would rather read. Still, sometimes hating something is more fun than loving it).

But I t
I described Variant as vivid but bland, and I would describe Feedback as stagnant and frustrating. It's a book where a lot seems to be happening, but nothing much happens at all. One of the issues I think is Benson as a character. He's impulsive, irrational and difficult to connect to. In Variant this was frustrating, but there was enough outside factors to explain some of Benson's stupid decisions (kind of), and keep me interested beyond the MC. The cause of tension in Feedback isn't nearly as ...more
Book Twirps
You have no idea how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I loved Variant, and the cliffhanger ending killed me. It was one of my favorite reads of 2011. It really surprised me how much I enjoyed it. I’m happy to say that I enjoyed Feedback just as much. Lately, it seems that the sequels to some of my favorite books last year have really fallen flat. This one did not fall into that trap.

Warning: This review contains a few spoilers from the first book, so if you plan to read it, I wouldn’t
Oh, what a disappointment. Variant? AMAZING. Lots of action, surprises, great characters, horrifying sci-fi stuff. Then, this. Really? I did a happy dance when I saw that this book was coming out, a real, bona fide happy dance. I rescind that dance, and dance upon it's crushed remains with a dance of disgust.

Over halfway through, I realized that nothing had happened. Seriously, nothing. I can't even really summarize the first three quarters of the book because there is nothing to summarize. I'm
Oh, second books. Why do you never live up to expectations? Part of the problem is that we need to have relationships established in order to feel tension as events unfold and in first books we get both the relationships and the events. Second books sometimes assume you still feel all those tensions from the first book and keep going with the events without making sure you still care about the characters. That's what happened for me here. Another issue with this series is there are so many chara ...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
I'll be buying Variant and Feedback together, so I can wait for them together and read them together. :) Well, one after another. It wouldn't be much fun to read both at the same time.
Well that was pretty..bad and confusing. It started out very promising but when the escape attempts started happening, it just went downhill from there again just like the first book. The ending was what really irked me. That was the most abrupt, poorly written, poorly thought out and confusing ending ever. I didn't even know what the hell happened.
Actually, that is my general opinion about this whole book. I don't even know what the hell is going on in most parts of the book. Most felt very ve
Erin Bowman
After the killer cliffhanger at the end of Robison Well’s VARIANT, I’ve been super anxious for the sequel, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get my hands on an ARC. FEEDBACK doesn’t come out until later this year though (October, I think), so this review is going to be pretty vague.

FEEDBACK starts off exactly where VARIANT left off. Benson may have escaped Maxfield Academy, but he’s just beginning to uncover the secrets of the school. Still highly sought after by school officials, he’s fo
So dissapointed. Variant, the first book was a fun read...I was so excited to read Feedback, thinking there's going to be a really good explanation about the why and history of Maxfield Academy and everyone will get out and get back to the real world. But towards the end when they finally confront the person/thing (who knows what it was) to me it didn't even make sense when the guy was explaining things to Benson. It was a let down and I felt the end didn't make sense. Benson knew what he needed ...more
When you read a sequel, you expect it to be better than the previous book, but Feedback failed at it.

It isn't bad, but I feel it lacks something. The fist few chapters were amazing, but then it got kinda dull. What happened to the tension of Variant?
Also, I almost don't feel anything for the secondary characters and that really bothers me. I think the author should've written a little more about them, instead of focusing on the romance (which I didn't like).

And that ending was...disappointing
While not as strong as Variant, I think this was a decent end to the story.

Picking up literally right where Variant ended, Feedback gives us more details about about the story of Maxfield (perhaps too many details?) & things do get a little bogged down sometimes in this book, even though it is a quickly paced book.

Perhaps the most confusing thing about this book is that many of the characters we previously "knew" are a bit different in this outing- which is explained, but takes some gettin
Huarachez Intelectualez
Señor Robison Wells, no la vallas a cagar igual como la cagaron con el final de la serie de "The Maze Runner". Espero un gran final con esta novela.

Having said that, I cant wait to get me some Feedback.

Great Story. Great action. Damn Dupes kept coming back. Hopefully some day Mr. Wells writes a third book or a prequel to the story. I want to know more about them alien looking creatures. The President's daughters wouldn't have been introduced if a third book wasn't intended. I'd like to see Bens
Stephanie Pelletier
Very action packed. However very enjoyable, the story was not as developed as I would have liked.
Will M.
The ending makes you want to crave for more yet you know this is the last book. A lot of questions still running in my mind yet I don't get what all the fuss is about. People saying how "bad" and "rushed" the book was. People giving less than 3 stars just because they feel like it was rushed and the ending was not what they were expecting. You can't have happy endings all the time, Robinson Wells just showed us what reality is. I rated 5 stars because it was impossible to put down even after I'v ...more
Regan Tierney
Feedback by Robison Wells
Review by Regan Tierney

This book is the sequel to Variant, a captivating book with a major twist on it, and that twist just keeps twisting throughout almost the whole second book. In Variant, The main character, Benson Fisher, who's a foster kid with a dead end life, gets accepted to go to this amazing looking school called Maxfield Academy. But what he didn't realize was that the school wasn't exactly as awesome as he thought it was. No adults, totally student ran with
Shayla Guzan
I was a little disappointed with how little this book answered questions that were raised from the previous book, Variant, by Robison Wells. I had gotten through it fairly quickly, but not near as quick as I did with Variant. There was a huge chunk towards the middle of the book where it just seemed like there wasn't any real meaning to it - almost as if it was all just kind of thrown in there to extend the length of the book. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book, but I do believe in just ...more
Achtung: Beim Weiterlesen besteht Spoilergefahr!

Reihe: Variant #2 (letzter Band der Dilogie)
Deutscher Titel: Ihr seid nicht allein (erscheint am 21.08.2014)
Grundidee:Nach Teil 1, Du kannst keinem trauen, immer noch spannend, denn nun wird das Geheimnis, was sich hinter der Maxfield Academy wirklich verbirgt, gelüftet.
Charaktere:Hauptfigur ist immer noch der 18-jährige Benson Fisher, der zusammen mit Becky aus der Maxfield Academy fliehen konnte. Er bleibt sympathisch und versucht weiterhin alles
Sarah S
Incredibly annoyed with the ending. If there was a book #3, sure. But Noooo. It ends as it is. Sigh.

Even since Variant, Benson has been a pain in the ass. How dare he say “And I’m not the same Benson. I’ve changed.” in Feedback. He's still selfish and doesn't consider how his impulsive actions could implicate others. Furthermore he's a desperate, fickle little girl. After Jane was gone in Variant, he quickly moved on to Becky. Within the short span of the escape attempt in book #1 till they reac
Talk about a wild ride! Feedback picks up right where Variant left off. You're still in the action & your adrenaline is pumping as hard as it can as you watch Benson & Becky try to escape the multitude of robots chasing them down. When they think they are finally safe at an encampment housing the real students, they find that they are just in another form of imprisonment; unable to move forward & unable to undo all that has taken place.

The reality of the situation is beyond grave for
This book really disappointed me. I loved Variant , but this book just didn't do the same thing. Variant had some cool action and conflict, a sense of intensity, and a cool twist at the end. Feedback, not so much.

I spent much of the book trying to figure out what on earth was going on. Some things didn't add up, and some just didn't make sense. Also, there was a lot of name-dropping all over the place. There were many characters to keep track of, and because of this, I felt that none were full
Variant was an excellent book filled with constant action, incredible pacing and a downright compelling concept that kept me riveted to every page. I constantly wanted to learn more about this strange world, how it came to be and most importantly -how the characters can escape. For many reasons, I was a little sad when Variant ended, and even though I knew a sequel was planned, I wondered how it could possibly top the first book.

In Feedback, Benson has successfully escaped from Maxfield Academy,
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
4.5 Stars...

I really don't know why, but I enjoyed Variant and Feedback very much. They were just so weirdly awesome. I figure part of the reason I enjoyed these so much was because there were parallels to The Maze Runner and the main character, Thomas. Much like in MR, these kids are just pawns in a much larger scheme, and even if everything works out, which I'm not saying it does, there really is no perfect, happy ending. Everything they do is watched, monitered, controlled. They may be away f
(Spoilers for Variant follow. Ye be warned.)

In full disclosure, I received a copy of Feedback through the First Reads giveaway.

And I'm glad I did. After thoroughly enjoying Variant (the first book in the series), like many other readers, I clamored for more because of that great cliffhanger ending. I tore into Feedback. Other reviewers here seem a little disappointed but I am not quite persuaded to think so myself. I think while Variant was self-contained setting wise, so is Feedback. Benson an
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