It’s that time again! The wrap-up for the monthly readalong with myself and Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book. I had commented to Jenn during our brunch book talk that I love we kept this going past the summer. It’s a great excuse to have us get together once a month to catch up and chat about books!
As usual, there is a SPOILER ALERT to this post since it’s a wrap-up discussion of our read this month. Be sure to link up your review down below if you joined us for our November readalong of Variant!
On the weekend of the first snowfall in Toronto, Jenn & I met up with the lovely Chandra for a brunch of book talk at Barque Smokehouse. While Chandra wasn’t able to really get into the vibe of the book, Jenn and I filled her in on what actually happens. We loved that Benson was a regular guy. With so many protagonists in YA novels now have some sort of special power or different characteristic to them, Benson was just a kid going through the foster system.
The big twist? WOW. Yeah, Jenn & I definitely didn’t see that coming. In a way, perhaps because of the way it was written and the POV of the narrative, you knew as much as Benson did – which was nothing. So when the sudden sci-fi twist came in, it really threw us for a loop. That very moment? I messaged Jenn this:
Reading Variant….. Um WTF re: JANE!?!?!?! :O Didn’t see THAT coming!!! :O
She told me during our brunch she knew the exact scene I was referring to. The entire time throughout the book up until that point, I had thought it was a bit like Lost, in that it was a twisted experiment scenario. I did not expect it to take on an android turn, and to then find out that you didn’t know who was real or not?? And just when you thought the big twist was out of the way, another one is thrown in right at the end! Like Jenn described it as (and I’m paraphrasing), you’re going one way and it forces you into a sudden left turn. And then another. And then another. Wow. Definitely glad I picked up the sequel, Feedback, the other week. I feel like the tagline for this series should be “What is going on!?!” Variant had to do with the school, and Feedback seems to have to deal with the town.
While I haven’t read The Maze Runner series, Chandra said this sounds like the type of book that fans of James Dashner’s series would enjoy.
Will you join us for our December readalong of Eve?
Check out the other books we have decided on in the coming months and sign up for reminders!