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3.00029620853081 out of 53.00029620853081 out of 53.00029620853081 out of 53.00029620853081 out of 53.00029620853081 out of 5 3.00 (6,752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robison Wells Narrator: Michael Goldstrom Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Variant Series Release Date:
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Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intense journey with some of the most shocking twists and turns I’ve ever read.”

    Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

  • Variant is a compelling story on so many levels. I loved it! The twist behind it all is my favorite since Ender’s Game.”

    James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A chilling, masterful debut. With its clever premise, quick pace, and easy-to-champion characters, Wells’ story is a fast, gripping read with a cliffhanger that will leave readers wanting more.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “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. Variant should join the ranks of today’s must-read science fiction and fantasy series. A highly recommended addition to any collection for teens.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christie | 2/13/2014

    " Haven't I read this book before? Wasn't it called Maze Runner? This book is extremely similar to Maze Runner (the author of which has a blurb on the front cover, ironically), but in a more condensed, edited version. The twist at the end was interesting so I'll probably read book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenessa Romero | 2/10/2014

    " this book was amazing sucked me right in i literally couldn't put it down but to sleep. I had to keep going :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karleneb | 2/3/2014

    " My favorite type of story. Read it in one day! And the ending? Oh my heck! When is the next book out? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carson | 1/22/2014

    " READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!! DON'T DOUBT ME. READ IT!!!!! I SAID READ I!!! "

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About the Author

Robison Wells is the author of the young-adult science fiction thrillers Variant and Feedback. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Wells lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and kids in a house not too far from elk pastures.