Trust no one.
Benson receives a scholarship to Maxfield Academy after having a rough past. He is very quickly informed that there are no adults and he very quickly wants out of Maxfield. Benson has a crazy time and he ends up stuck longer than planned. The author does a great job writing in first person, really giving you the full experience. When it seems you've got it all figured out there is a twist in the middle of the book. It shocks the reader and the main character. Almost as if it can't be true, or can it?
- The official Robison Wells website. (Robisonwells.com)
- Here is an interview of author Robison Wells. (Publishingcrawl.com)
- There are some really creepy robots in Variant. Here are some in real life, (Wired.co.uk)
- At Maxfield Academy there are no grades, no homework, no tests. There is a school in Brooklyn with these same qualities, (Usatoday.com)
In Robopocalypse a scientist blindly releases an android named Archos. The robot immediately plans his destruction of the human race. Similarly In Variant robot is made and uses its physical advantages to get the better of the humans. When Benson tries to escape with the big group of almost fifty kids only three ended alive. In Robocalypse the human made robot creates his army and and declares war on Humans. Both of these books give examples of why advancements in technology can turn people against each other and bring an end to humanity.
Scored is a science fiction book written by Lauren McLaughlin. In this book kids are monitored by a camera and they are evaluated for their possible college potential. Variant is very similar how they are thrown in a space and observed. In Variant throughout the book you start to realize that Maxfield Academy actually isn't a real school. The kids are contained almost like guinea pigs, someone somewhere is out there watching them, just like in Scored they are being watched also.
On a Dark alien plant called Dark Eden there is a group of 532 aliens that are sheltered by a forest full of light. Outside of the forest there is a dark snowy mountain that no one had dared to cross. In both of these books they two groups are contained in an area which they cannot escape. At Maxfield Academy there are tall electrical wired fences that restrict them from leaving. In Dark Eden they are trapped inside of the warm bright forest.
"Http://www.amazon.com/Robopocalypse-A-Novel-Vintage-Contemporaries/dp/0307740803. " Robot Check. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.
"Http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Robison-Wells/Variant.html." By Robison Wells Book Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.
"Http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10433900-variant." N.p., n.d. Web.
"Http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18166988-dark-eden." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2015.
"Http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/09/27/interview-with-robison-wells-author-of-variant-and-feedback/." N.p., n.d. Web.
"No Grades, No Homework, No Tests: Kids Rule at This New York City School - USATODAY.com." No Grades, No Homework, No Tests: Kids Rule at This New York City School - USATODAY.com. N.p., 21 Nov. 2006. Web. 21 Dec. 2015.
"Review: Variant by Robison Wells." Lost in a Great Book. N.p., 24 Nov. 2012. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.
"Scored Paperback – October 23, 2012." Amazon.com: Scored (9780375867910): Lauren McLaughlin: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2015.
"VARIANT by Robison Wells | Kirkus Reviews." Kirkus Reviews. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.
Wells, Robison. "Http://www.robisonwells.com/." Author-blog. Robison Wells, n.d. Web. 21 Dec. 2015.