"Variant" starts out a little slow but then picks up pace and flies along with enough action and plot twists to keep you wondering and wanting more.
Benson Fisher had racked up thirty-three foster families since entering the foster program at five years of age, so when he gets a scholarship to Maxfield Academy he thinks it's his ticket out of a dead-end life. He is wrong though and now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence and video cameras monitor his every move. Even more surprising - there are no adults. Benson quickly learns that breaking the rules could mean his death. The other students have split into groups in order to survive and Benson must decide which group to join. When Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that escape is his only real hope for survival.
Benson Fisher makes a good protagonist yet I found that some of the other characters were a little one-dimensional, especially the female characters which frankly fell so flat that it was hard to even remember their names. My only other complaint is with the ending - I found it quite confusing. Having said that, overall I still enjoyed this book and loved the midway twist that came as a big surprise.