Benson Fisher has gone through the foster system all his life, hating every moment of it. So when the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to Maxfield Academy came up, Benson jumped at the chance to better his life. However, from the moment that Benson steps into the school grounds, he notices that things aren’t quite normal. There are cameras everywhere watching their every move, and no adults in sight. The students are split up into gangs who govern each other. Benson realizes that he is now trapped in this bizarre academy and struggles to understand why nobody else finds this situation strange. When people start going missing, Benson’s plans to escape are forced to come to fruition quickly.
OMGWTF is basically my reaction to this book. The reader sees the school through the eyes of Benson and we discover the outrageous circumstances at the same time he does. Which is why I had no idea what was going on most of the time – and it was fantastic. I often fall into the habit of over-thinking a plot with what hints the author may be leaving behind but that is not the case with Variant. Going into this book, I knew nothing about it other than it seemed like a Lord of the Flies-esque story, where it’s a society made up of all young people. I had no idea of what was going on with this bizarre school and what, if any, twist it would take. And I’m glad for it. Therefore, I won’t/can’t say much more in this review for fear of giving anything away! While the tagline says to “trust no one”, trust me on this – the less you know, the better the payoff will be!