book review: feedback

Feedback (Variant, #2)Feedback by Robison Wells

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars for this one, folks. And I was so ready to love it! I did in fact love the first book, and that cliffhanger ending just had me hooked. But right from the start of this one, I just wasn’t as invested.

It was like the scenario and plot of Variant were at least moderately believable, and followed a sort of logic that, once you suspend your disbelief about kids running the school, sort of worked. But I found the plot of Feedback pretty hard to follow. Most of the stuff that happened seemed disjointed with the previous storyline.

This book left me with a lot of questions:

-what was the purpose of the Fort? Why keep the doubles/originals but not actually utilize them in any apparent way?
-how were the gps/tracking devices working? and why?
-why was there an alarm before they turned off the kids? Why warn them?
-what was the purpose of turning them off, moving their bodies around, then waking them up?
-why the random killings of kids who didn’t obey? why not just trigger their minds to do whatever “they” wanted?
-why were the President’s daughters just randomly inserted at the end of the book, and not actually explained (other than the “why would YOU think someone would want to control the president” remark. ->I don’t know, book- why don’t you tell ME?)
-why is Benson so boring? He’s going to escape. Then he’s staying. Then he likes Jane. Then he likes Becky. Then… what happened to smart, curious, mystery-solving Benson from Variant?
-what the heck is with the “Greens”? This book gave me an unpleasant Maze-Runner vibe (the elevator that brought mysterious supplies; the kids in groups singling out the newbies; the way that no one knew why anything was happening…[
-what was the purpose of the Fort? Why keep the doubles/originals but not actually utilize them in any apparent way?
-how were the gps/tracking devices working? and why?
-why was there an alarm before they turned off the kids? Why warn them?
-what was the purpose of turning them off, moving their bodies around, then waking them up?
-why the random killings of kids who didn’t obey? why not just trigger their minds to do whatever “they” wanted?
-why were the President’s daughters just randomly inserted at the end of the book, and not actually explained (other than the “why would YOU think someone would want to control the president” remark. ->I don’t know, book- why don’t you tell ME?)
-why is Benson so boring? He’s going to escape. Then he’s staying. Then he likes Jane. Then he likes Becky. Then… what happened to smart, curious, mystery-solving Benson from Variant?
-what the heck is with the “Greens”? This book gave me an unpleasant Maze-Runner vibe (the elevator that brought mysterious supplies; the kids in groups singling out the newbies; the way that no one knew why anything was happening… (hide spoiler)]

Yeah. So I just couldn’t love this story. I wanted more of an explanation about ANYthing. I can’t be bothered with stories that don’t tell me anything about anything. It takes ‘mysterious’ to new heights.

The ending was inconclusive. We are introduced to a new, mutant-like character, and an original android. Why? Is there going to be a third book? Or were these characters just making cameo appearances in the story. Do we honestly mind if Benson and Becky have caused “all hell to break loose”, or are we content to leave this storyline here, and pretend that Variant was a standalone book? Probably the latter. (But I’ll probably have to read a next book, if there is one. Maze Runner syndrome. Must finish.)

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