Sunday, December 16, 2012

Feedback by Robison Wells

Feedback is the sequel to Variant and there are some pretty big ***SPOILERS*** in this review because of the amazingly intense cliff hanger at the end of the first book.  If you like to read series in order or think you might read Variant then read it first and don't read anymore of this review.  The surprise is worth the wait - and at least you don't have to wait long for the sequel like the rest of us did.  You have been warned.

Benson is on the outside, he has escaped from the school, but he hasn't escaped their reach.  In a town near the school he finds one of the students from the school, one of the students that was killed, and he makes the amazing discovery that people he thought were just machines are in fact connected to real teenagers who are still very much alive.  With Becky severely injured and unable to travel far he has no choice but to put off his plans for escape - at least for the time being.  Settling into the town isn't easy though, there are people who want to escape and seek their freedom away from the school, there are others who just want to ride it out and see what happens, and there are others who seem to have given up entirely.

Benson has wanted to escape, to get away, but he feels that he has to stay for Becky and keep her safe.  Things get complicated when he is drawn into a bigger escape plan, a plan that seems doomed to fail as long as Maxwell is able to control the students through fear and pain.  As the enemy closes in and loyalties are tested, Benson must make some difficult decisions - should he stay or should be go?  What is more important, one person or a whole town? 

Feedback is the explosive sequel to Variant and it carries on from the cliffhanger of the first book, jumping straight back into the action which took a little bit of getting used to as it has been some time since I read the first book.  Benson is a fascinating and inspiring hero, not because he is super human and rushes into danger, but because you can feel the conflict within him as he tries to balance his decisions, as he has to make sacrifices to do what he thinks is right.  The action is intense and keeps up both the pace and the tension, and once I was past the first few chapters and I had thoroughly settled back in with the cast of characters that made the first book so exciting and gripping, I resented every interruption that got between me and the ending. 

I don't want to give too much away, but there is a sense that there could be another book in this series, and if there is (please let there be Mr. Wells) then I am sure that it will reveal some more gob-smacking secrets like Variant and Feedback did.  According to his website there is going to be a new book in a new series soon called Blackout and I can only hope it is just as good as these two.  Wells is a phenomenal author, not only because he builds such believable characters, but also because he is so good at keeping the tension and the pace moving - he doesn't move so fast that you get left behind, and he doesn't go so slow that you lose interest, he gets it just right.  This is not one for just the guys either, if you enjoy well written action and adventure (and that includes the adults in the audience) then give this series a try.

If you like this book then try:
  • Variant by Robison Wells
  • I hunt serial killers by Barry Lyga
  • I swear by Lane Davis
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • Agent 21 by Chris Ryan
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • The industry by Rose Foster
  • Legend by Marie Lu

Reviewed by Brilla

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