Feedback : Variant (Wells)

  • by Robison Wells
  • Narrated by Michael Goldstrom
  • Series: Variant (Wells)
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy's deadly rules and brutal gangs. The worst was over.
Or so he thought.
But now he's trapped on the other side of the wall, in a different kind of prison. A town filled with familiar faces. People from Maxfield who Benson had seen 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. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy's plans are darker than anything he imagined - and they may be impossible to stop.


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent ending/beginning

What made the experience of listening to Feedback the most enjoyable?

Variant and Feedback were excellent! I actually enjoyed this 2nd book more than the 1st. Wells did a great job keeping you on your toes. And while the ending is an "ending" (to the series) I think there's enough there for the author to continue the story later if he wants to.

What other book might you compare Feedback to and why?

It reminded me of other distopian future books. Not that this was at all distopia.

Which character – as performed by Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

Benson. Goldstrom performed his role very well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I would say to name the film "Maxfield", or something with Maxfield in the title.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the "happy ending with unsaid twist". I love that Benson has his happy ending with Becky. But behind the scenes, these "testings" will go on. Benson, Becky, and the other students may have been freed but what happened at Maxfield will continue to happen, just to other people around the world. And it leaves my imagination wondering about Benson and Becky's future...will they come back to kill them? Becky still has the implant so they can kill her at any time. As well as the others! What lasting effects will the implants leave on Becky and the other students? (health wise) It would be neat to see another book made about Benson and Becky 10 years from now and they are after them again. Like Becky becomes pregant and the androids/government try to get Benson to come back to them for another testing and threaten to kill Becky (via the implant) if he doesn't. While the ending is an "ending" I think there's enough there for the author to continue the story later if he wants to.

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- Dana Marcel

Disappointing Sequel

I purchased this ahead of my credit after finishing "Variant", and can't say that "Feedback" held my interest in the same fashion. It starts off pretty strong, but towards the middle, and especially the end, seems to fall apart into a cliched Made-for-TV movie. I will say, however, that Robison Wells does a great job at creating suspense throughout the first half of the novel. His writing style engrosses the reader creating a sense of terror as if they were running and hiding from the enemy themselves. Although, in "Variant" where I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, "Feedback" left me apathetic to Benson's wavering plights. And what was really disappointing was the sudden lack of detail in the action sequences -- most notably those occurring along the river. Where Wells had once vividly painted pictures of Benson's surroundings and actions, he now seemed rushed to blatantly spew out the gist. As for the ending, I wouldn't say it was far-fetched, just contrived of well-known Hollywood endings spanning the past Twenty-some-odd years. Maybe all of this is a clue that the story wasn't that good to begin with; if everything falls apart after the great secret is revealed and the story becomes worse with the more you learn about the secret. It was still well-written -- for the first, and half of the second book -- just not good enough to garner a re-read or recommendation.
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- Scr8 Geechee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio