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Benson’s life, well, sucks. As in, sucks in a I’m-stuck-in-foster-care-and-have-no-one-and-going-no-where kind of sucks. But all that is about to change…

… or is it?

Getting into to Maxfield Academy looks like it will be the perfect fix. By going, Benson hopes to get his life on track and actually do something with his life.

Yeah, um, no.

It takes about 10 seconds for both readers and Benson to realize that the fenced in Maxfeild Academy is NOT the answer.

First of all, there are no adults. Zip. Zero. All kids.

Second of all, the kids have divided themselves into three gangs. Society follows the rules in hope of getting out. Havoc simply enjoys causing trouble. Variant, well, Variant is like the weirdos among the weird. The Vs (as the characters like to call them) have their mind set on getting out. They follow some of the rules, but not all of them. They cause trouble, but only in the name of one day being free.

Variant is where Benson finds himself.

As all good books do, Variant continues to get even stranger. War-like paintball matches, not-quite-human students, and having Society ticked off at him all add up to make Benson’s story one you will not want to miss out on.

This is what would happen if you mixed The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and Divergent (Veronica Roth) with a little dash of Gone (Michael Grant). The story-line included a ton of cliffhangers and OMG moments, so this is not one you will be forgetting about anytime soon.

The biggest cliffhanger is at the very end. Sadly, the next book won’t come out until October. However, you can enter to win an ARC of it by following the link at the bottom of this post!

Liked Variant? You might also enjoy…
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Gone by Michael Grant (my personal #1 favorite, by the way!)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins