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(Variants #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and long-time love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.

But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.

When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched int
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2014 by Razorbill
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Sarah Elizabeth
This was an okay story, but I did get a little bored in places. I also thought that there wasn’t enough resolution at the end.

6 out of 10
Veronica Morfi
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5

Defector is the second book in Tessa's story (and hopefully there will be a next one). This time around there is not big murder mystery for Tessa to solve, instead things take a very different turn.

Tessa is happy with her life after her first mission is over. She is back at FEA headquarters, she and Alec are finally together and she is back with her best friend Holly. But during her second mission Holly gets kidnapped and Tessa knows that they took the wrong person, because they were
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
EDITED 07/28

This was actually better than the first book. And the ending omfg! I'm so glad I read this. Thanks to the people who convinced me! You guys rock!


Oh shit. Tessa and Alec are together. SMH. Let me NEVER READ this book. I hate Alec so much.

Edited 4/28

Okay, first of all. I'm going to give this book a chance, if I ever read a good review about this. Second, Alec will be mentioned a lot in this book. His character annoys me. It bugs me every time he says something. You can check my rev
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't believe these books had flown under my radar for so long, because damn, they're good. Whereas Impostor could be pitched as Veronica Mars meets X-Men, Defector could be pitched as Scandal meets X-Men, and both just as awesome those pitches would imply. In Impostor, the focus was more on the plot than the characters and relationships, which I was okay with since the plot was fun and the mystery, engaging. Defector, on the other hand, has all of the aspects of the plot that made the first o ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick, easy read. There was a little more relationship drama than I wanted, but the love triangle wasn't as bad as I thought. I did like that we got to see more Devon, though. I thought the intrigue surrounding the truth about FEA and Abel's Army was good, but I am not at all satisfied with the conclusion. I did like the ending, but it's definitely a middle of a trilogy ending and not a series ending and apparently the author has decided not to finish the series. According to a post on her Fac ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hachette
4½ Stars.
I thoroughly enjoyed Impostor, but Defector was explosive. It follows the story of Tessa, abandoned by her mother to the FEA, she's called the compound home for the past two years and has been in love with Alec almost as long. When Tessa seems to finally find her happy ever after, her world is blow apart after a mission gone terribly wrong. If her best friend being abducted by the supposed enemy isn't enough, it seems her life within the FEA has b
Maddy Lanslots
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I actually swore aloud when I finished this book - and believe me, that does not happen often. I love how most of the characters are deepened out more in this second installment in the series, making it easier for the reader to identify with them. Since we are still seeing things from Tessa's point of view, she is easiest to relate to; but you also get to know more about Alec, Devon, and even Major. New characters are introduced and no-one can be trusted.

The tension is built up very well and rem
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I needed to read something before Blood Of Olympus. I obviously didn't finsh it on time.
But I knew it wouldn't be as good as the previous one.
Some of my probelms with it:
The clichés: It turns out she's one the good side and then she discover her father is the leader of the bad guys. then, the good guys turn out being bad and the bad guys are good.
*rolls eyes*
The ending: They're all a very happy family again. But what happenned to Devon? We'll never know.
Alec: Too much cheese. Even though he turn
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was not expecting that in the end. I'm okay with it, but I just wanted her to be with Devon. I wanted that since the first book and I thought that it will happen in this one, but NO:( , it didn't!
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: left-me-in-awe

I can't believe this. I need to process this. I am in so much shock right now!
I literally just paced around my room. I CANNOT EVEN.

I'll brb.

- - -

Okay! I'm back now. I just had to get a bag and breathe into it for 10 minutes.

Okay, not really but I am just so darn ecstatic right now! I love, love, love Impostor. It was amazing. The plot was amazing. The characters were amazing. The mystery was just AMAZING. The cliff hanger about a "enemy group" at the end was AMAZING.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I finished reading Imposter, I have been eager to find out what trouble Tessa gets herself into next. Upon beginning Defector, we see that Tessa once again finds herself thrown into and investigation with Holly and Alec as company, however things quickly start to fall apart, and Holly is taken by Abel's Army.
Determined to find Holly, Tessa questions other members of FEA, and hearing some answers she didn't expected decides to investigate further, and uncovers some secrets and lie
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Defector picked up right where Impostor left off. And, Impostor's ending did leave me super anxious for Defector, so I was excited to jump right back in to the Variants world. Where Impostor focused more on the story, Defector continued with plot importance, but also held its characters and relationships high up too. I loved Tessa more in this book, as well. She felt more mature this time around, and that has to do with her development which has been brilliant thus far. I love that she's her own ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Susanne Winnacker is an excellent writer. She conveys the characters' emotions well, provides anticipation and makes you want to read more. Although this book wrapped up nicely, I hope she'll write another book or two to tell readers what happened with certain characters. I know there's still more conflict between the FEA and Abel's Army too. ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I can't wait for this one! VARIANTS #2 NOW HAS A TITLE & COVER! Check it out over at: ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Hmm… Probably 3.5. I really liked this book up to the point where it started to annoy me :( I was irritated by quite a bit as the story progressed--especially in the latter third or so of the book. So much so that I started paging ahead, which I HATE doing, and which only bugged me more and led to my dragging my feet about finishing the book :( SO sad--especially since I actually really liked the first book in the series and I thought this one was VERY promising at the beginning :(

One major thin
Miss Mara
2.5 stars

It started out quite slow, but after the pace quickened, the book was very riveting and action packed. However, the ending was a major cliffhanger, and if there are no more books in the series, I would have to say the ending would be an extremely disappointing conclusion to the series. I'm afraid I doubt there will be another book, since it's already been three years since the release of this one, but who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I would bump up my rating to 3.5 stars if there's another book in
Rebecca McAlees
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, just like the first book, imposter. The plot was great and I’d already fallen in love with the characters from the first book so this revived my love for them. Trust seems to be the main theme of this book and specifically who to trust. This makes the book more thrilling and unpredictable. The only thing that I don’t like is that there is not a third book. The ending to this book needs to be resolved, so I desperately hope that Susanne is writing a third book in this serie ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was a 3, but it became a 2 when I realized that that's where the author ended the series.

Very transparent and immature writing in general. And this was obviously not meant to be the final book in the series. It feels similar to a TV show getting unexpectedly cancelled.. Very wrong of the author to end the series halfway and decide to retire from YA books..
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit odd. I randomly found this book at my school library so I picked it up and grabbed it. I needed inspiration for a sequal to a book im writing, but so far, this book is not helping me with that.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending needed way more detail
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As good as the first book! In this book, the plot thickens even more. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, as it was very abrupt, but I'm hoping there will be a third book! ...more
Mariah Garcia
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in the series and this one but I wish there was more books in this series.
Beth Anderson
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
the first book was amazing. this book was great too but what was that ending. How was it just left like that?????
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay so I’ve just finished this book to find out there is no conclusion. Guys I need a third book, I need to know what happens! There’s just so many loose ends that I’m now losing my mind
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
The ending! I feel betrayed. Not what I expected in a very bad way.
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
Sometimes it's difficult to know when to request and read a sequel to a book you weren't that impressed with, and sometimes, those decisions can result in a good action, or a bad action - Defector is the sequel to Imposter and Imposter really didn't impress me an awful lot, yet my decision to continue with the series and consider it's concept was rewarded, and while it may not have been mind-blowing, it definitely was an improvement.

Unlike with Imposter, I found that my experience when reading D
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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When Defector showed up unsolicited, I was honestly kind of eh. Like, I read one Susanne Winnacker book and it was fine, but didn’t put a strong need in me to read another, and then a book two shows up. Finally, I managed to get book one and, shockingly, I liked it. I say shockingly because I’m always really surprised when I like a thing I didn’t expect to. Then Defector is even a bit better than Impostor.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
This is the sequel to Impostor, which I enjoyed, and picked up immediately where that book left off. Tessa is a Variant - a person with some extraordinary ability, in her case the ability to change into anyone else if she touches them to get their DNA - and is in training to work for the FEA, a secret government branch comprised of Variants fighting Variant problems. On a mission, her best friend is kidnapped and Tessa realizes that this might be a part of the FEA vs. Abel's Army war that's been ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So Defector is the sequel of Imposter of the Variant Trilogy/Series. Let me tell you that the ending of this book leaves off on a cliffhanger. It isn't a big cliffhanger like The Mark of Athena. On the scale of a standalone's (practically nonexistent) cliffhanger to The Mark of Athena's cliffhanger, I'm going to say that this one is probably something like Cress's cliffhanger. Cress. From Marissa Meyer's series.

Okay. Obviously not everyone speaks books, so I will have to spell things out a bit m
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Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals.

Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!
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