Book Review: Feedback

Feedback jkt des3.inddBook: Feedback by Robison Wells

Published October 2012 by HarperTeen|Pages: 320

Where I Got It: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Variant #2

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopic/Thriller/Mystery

Goodreads|Robison Wells’ Website

Summary: Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs. The worst was over.

Or so he thought.

But now he’s trapped on the other side of the wall, in a different kind of prison. A town filled with familiar faces. People from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

I have mixed feelings about Feedback.  After really liking Variant, I knew I wanted to read this one.  It just…didn’t grab my attention the way Variant did.

Feedback lost all the creepiness and mystery that I loved about Variant.  There’s still some mystery and some creepiness, but…I don’t know, it just didn’t seem as there.  I think it’s because we learned more about the people who run the school, and there’s the whole thing with the androids, and you sort of learn more about what’s really going on.  I liked that we learned more about the school. but we never got why they’re running Maxfield and creating androids.

I’m still not sure what to think.  I mean, I liked learning more about Maxfield and everything, but at the same time, the mystery surrounding Maxfield was lost.  Here’s the thing with Feedback that’s sort of frustrating.  Things are resolved enough that there really doesn’t need to be a third book.  But the door is also open for a third book.

Feedback really felt like an afterthought sometimes.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and all, and I am glad I read it but I think I  would have been just as fine not reading it.

I’m not completely sure what to think of Feedback because Variant worked so well on its own.  In all honesty, Feedback probably wasn’t going to meet the expectations I had going in.  It’s such a strange sequel.  Strange in that it’s a sequel that works well on it’s own.  You could probably read Feedback on it’s own and have a pretty good idea of what’s going on.  It picks up where Variant left off, but both books work so well on their own that it’s weird to think of Feedback as a sequel.

I’m feeling pretty neutral about the characters.  They did what I expected but I also didn’t care about them either way.  Plus, it was hard to picture where everything was.  It’s not that you don’t know where things are or what they look like, but with Feedback, I just couldn’t picture the setting in my head.

Final Thoughts:

I did like Feedback.  I liked learning more about the history of Maxfield Academy, and I wish we knew why someone wanted to replace people with androids.  But Feedback was also frustrating because I would have been just as fine not reading it.  Feedback gets 3 stars.

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