Variant by Robison Wells is an exciting page turner. Our protagonist Benson Fisher earns an amazing scholarship to Maxfield Academy, a private school at which he hopes to improve his unsettled foster homed life. He discovers to his astonishment that once he arrives at Maxfield, he will never be allowed to leave.
An action-packed mystery, the book starts off faster than what is realistic, but grows more believable throughout the story, and simultaneously becomes more strange. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half, and then proceeded to be blown away by an awesome plot twist in the second. Wells definitely writes more than your average dystopian novel. I recommend this book to anyone, especially with a thirst for mystery and adventure. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the next one!