Variant + Feedback by Robison Wells

I love it when former students recommend books to me, they seem to know my taste so well.  These two books come courtesy of one of my incredible students from last year who thought I might love them and boy, was he right.  Both books are filled with action right from the beginning.  Variant (the 1st book) leaves you wondering who our main character is and what in the world is happening.  Feedback, the sequel, picks up the pieces nicely and offers you just enough explanation to all of the questions that you feel satisfied.  I added both of these books to my library and after book talking them had a student reading it and several others waiting in line.  Not bad for a book I had never heard of before.  

Bottom line:  Full of action and some violence, for more mature 5th graders.

From Goodreads:

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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