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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  7,596 ratings  ·  1,024 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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Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012

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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Neil (or bleed)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
I never thought I will read a book worse than The Death Cure by James Dashner, but Feedback by Robison Wells didn't want to be left behind.

Feedback came up worse as much as The Death Cure in terms of plot, resolution and characters. Yeah, it was fast-paced but it is the only good thing this book can offer. The whole point of the story stayed as a mystery; vague. We get more questions than concrete answers.

We get more lame characters than well-developed ones. The main character is annoying and s
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi, 2013
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
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 schoo
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, teen, boy
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
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

I enjoyed not knowing more than getting the answers. This series is probably great for middle school to high school but the overall format did not leave me super eager to find out what's going on and how it will happen. It's a thriller story for kids. For adults? Other stories handle it better. Good adventure story for kids, a bit blase for me.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Book Twirps
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kat!e Larson
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Halfway through this book, I threw it down, looked up at the ceiling, and shouted: "Robison Wells, you are a GOD!!"
...and then quickly picked it back up so I could keep reading.

I don't understand the complaints that this book is slow and has nothing in it, I really, really don't. I felt like the entire book was exciting (of course, I did read it in a single sitting.)

The thing about this book is it was so intriguing. All the way through, I was thinking about moral implications and possible cause
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
Will M.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Major OOF in this book. I was really confused the entire book it really did not make sense to me
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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 getting us
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Alyson Reid
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-2017
Compared to the first book, Feedback was awful. The plot was boring and the "exciting parts" barely lasted. I barely abandon books, but I was tempted to with this one. It was so boring and I mentally groaned every time I forced myself to read. The characters didn't seem the same and the plot strayed so far away from the original story.

Overall, I'm really bummed out. I heard bad reviews about this book, but I still decided to give it a try. Variant was so incredible, and I wish I could say the s
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
**4 STARS**

This was such a thrilling read! I ended up liking this one more than the first book. Action from the very beginning right to the last page; I was nervous the entire time! I would've liked to have seen a different ending to the series though... Maybe more of a shocking finale...? But overall, the concept of this series was so bizarre and abnormal that it made the entire story so captivating and I really enjoyed it.
Stephanie Pelletier
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very action packed. However very enjoyable, the story was not as developed as I would have liked.
Dylan Schwemmer
Feedback takes place after Benson and Becky escape from the school. Benson and Becky are on the run from the people at maxfield academy. On the run Benson has to leave becky to medical supplies to fix her leg that got injured during the escape from the academy. Benson doesn't just find supplies he finds a lot more. I really liked the book I my have liked the book more than the first book because it keeps me guessing and thinking of all the ways it could end. The righter did a good job with the c ...more
Kyleigh M
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I liked the first one better than the second. The ending was a bit confusing to me because so much was happening at once and new information was getting thrown at me like crazy in my point view. Overall, I have to say that I did enjoy the book and definitely recommend it to my classmates. I thought that I didn't like science fiction but this series changed that for me.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book was a well written sequel to variant. the plot is a lot like the first, with many different characters with different personalities. I really enjoyed how the author shows what he thinks the future is like. The only real flaw in the book is that the end leaves us guessing if there is going to be a sequl or not.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Joshua Schumacher
May 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a sequel to Variant and picked up right where it left off. While Variant was a great book and probably one of my favorites, I was not impressed by Feedback. Although it was very interesting at first, it quickly slowed down to the point where I was not excited to read it. By the around the thirteenth chapter or so it started to get pretty exciting, but by the next chapter it was back to being boring. As it got closer to the end there was more action and suspense, up until the ending, ...more
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