Author: Susanne Winnacker
Series: Variants #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Thriller
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
a killer before it’s too late?
is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their
appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with
the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When
a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she
must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the
deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds
friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to
keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes
to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the
most with being herself.
is about a group of extraordinary people, Variants, that have special powers.
One girl has the gift of invisibility, another has super strength, another can
read minds, and our main character can shape-shift. They work for a sector of
the FBI solving crimes involving other Variants. This book reminded me of the
X-Men movies. A bunch of young kids in an academy learning how to control and
use their special and unique abilities.
main character, Tessa, who can shape-shift (sound familiar? Hint, hint: Infernal Devices) is sent to solve a
serial murder case. Tessa’s job is to pose as a dead girl, lie to the girl’s
parents and friends, and find the killer before he strikes again. This book was
an interesting thriller mixed with the perfect amount of scifi that held my attention
the entire time.
the novel Tessa struggles with lying to Madison’s amazing family, but at the
same time she loves it. Tessa has never had her own family and she clings to
the feeling of having people who love and care about her. Tessa was such an
interesting and dynamic character. She was brave and strong, yet also real and
flawed. Things don’t happen easily for Tessa and I loved that. She had to fight
to overcome the obstacles put before her and she fought like a true champion.
plot was interesting, but I also felt like it could have been so much more. I
didn’t figure out who the killer was, but it also didn’t completely surprise me
either. I was kind of disappointed with whom the killer ended up being and it honestly
felt a little anticlimactic and I never fully understood the person’s motives.
I mean, I understood, but I didn’t feel it. My heart wasn’t pounding at the
climax and it wasn’t quite as “thrilling” as I wanted it to be.
thing I didn’t like was the romance. It was kind of blah to me. I didn’t really
like Alec and I didn’t like that he couldn’t be honest with Tessa. There was
very obviously something more to his relationship with Kate and he never told
Tessa the truth. I hated that Tessa was so obsessed with Alec and I think it
made her blind to his lies.
though, I enjoyed this one. I really liked watching Tessa unravel the truth
about Madison’s life. There was a lot of mystery and it was a constant guessing
game trying to figure out Madison’s secrets. The author successfully tackled a
couple of really tough issues and she did a pretty good job of it. There was
only one issue that I think could have been handled a bit better. There was
also another problem that Tessa encountered that was never fully explained. I
guess I just wanted answers to some other things besides the main plot of
finding the killer. But even with all those negative points, I did truly enjoy
this one. It was a quick and exciting read and I will probably be checking out
the sequels. Happy reading all!