November 4, 2011

Friday is For the Guys - Book Feature: Variant

On Fridays I like step back and make sure that I am addressing boy readers.  It's so easy to review and highlight books for girls, but I also teach boys, so I need to make sure to find books for them! 
Today I'm featuring a book I just got and have read great reviews of:

by Robison Wells

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.
I think it sounds great, and all the reviews I've read have been very positive.  From the sounds of it, it looks like a book that boys could really get interested in.  Razor-wire fence just screams action and tension. And that fact that he needs to escape says they'll be lots of need to make plans and thinking on his feet! Love that kind of book.   

I'm curious though - the main character Benson has been sent to a boarding school.  I always wanted to go to boarding school growing up and read every book I could with the a boarding school.  Do boys feel the same way ever???? or is that just a "girl" thing?  Sorry random thought!

1 comment:

  1. I've heard great things about this. Am looking forward to reading this.

    I wonder about the whole boarding school in general setting. So few kids go to boarding schools these days,