Wasn’t as Good as the First: A Review of FEEDBACK by Robison Wells

Feedback (Variant, #2) 

Robison Wells
356 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LIKED

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.

Variant blew readers away with its breakneck pacing, flawless plotting, and impossibly high stakes. It earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and VOYA, which described it as “an exciting, edge-of-your-seat read that combines psychological themes from works like Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Ender’s Game in a truly unique way.”

In Feedback, Robison Wells delivers all the answers you’ve been craving—with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

   Benson Fisher thought that he’d finally escaped from the hell that was Maxfield Academy and it’s deadly rules and twisted experiments. But now after escaping with his friend half-dead and trekking through the wilderness he finds a strange village. A village filled hauntingly familiar faces, faces he thought had been either ruthlessly killed or left behind at Maxfield. And it’s at this village where Benson discovers that the school’s plans are far more sinister than anything he or anyone had imagined…And they be impossible to stop.

   With a synopsis like that I thought I was in for an even bigger ride than Variant. But to all the fans of Variant out there,I hate to be the one who breaks the news to you. Compared to Variant, Feedback was a slight disappointment. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a first class book that shouldn’t be read. Feedback was just as good as any other book I’ve read in awhile, it’s just didn’t meet my expectations. And the other thing was that I skipped a lot of parts where: First of all I didn’t get that high tech stuff and second it was boring. The ending is almost like the only part where you’ll actually get a lot action, and the fighting that was always present in Variant. But according to the back of the book it looks like I might be the only one thinking this way. It’s been blurbed by Pittacus Lore and James Dashner both of whom enjoyed the book.

The plot was actually a bit better than in the first book but it moves slower than Variant. The cover leaves me with no comment because it is neither special or boring. And the book earned an overall 4 stars mostly because it’s the second book to Variant.

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    Kim @ A Dutchie on Books

    October 6, 2012

    Oh no, sorry to hear it disappointed you! I have high expectations as well because I really enjoyed Variant. Well, I'll have to read it myself to find out how I like it, but I'll at least lower my expectations :)

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    October 8, 2012

    sorry you didn't like it as well. I haven't started the series and maybe I will just have to put it on the backburner for awhile!

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    October 8, 2012

    This is pretty disappointing!!! I really enjoyed Variant and was really anticipating this one. I hope I find it better than you.

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    October 11, 2012

    What sad news. I always hope the a series will improved and I really liked Variant. Sigh.

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    Christina K.

    October 12, 2012

    Too bad you didn't love it. I know what you mean about too much tech stuff, I too skim over it.

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    October 13, 2012

    I might be the only one thinking this way. It's been blurbed by Pittacus Lore and James Dashner