Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Book Review: Feedback by Robison Wells (Whitney Finalist)
Author: Robison Wells
Enjoyment Rating: **
This book would be rated: PG
Feedback starts right where Variant leaves off; Benson Fisher and his lady friend Becky, have just escaped from their boarding school, Maxfield Academy, when they learned that many of their fellow schoolmates were robots. In Feedback, Benson drags the injured Becky to a small town not far from the school, which is populated by the human counterparts to these robots. They think about staging a coup.... for the next, oh, gosh, 300 pages?
If you like me, when you read Hamlet, and he went on and on about how he couldn't decide whether or not to kill the king, you got to the point where you were like, "I don't care what you decide, just do something?" Well, multiply that by several times, and that's what Feedback feels like. Until the last 30 pages of the book, nothing happens. Benson wonders if he should leave. Then he doesn't leave. Then he decides to leave. Then he decides not to leave. Then the robots come and everyone hides. Then Becky tells him to go (I cheered), and then he doesn't go. While the premise of the story is cool, and the setup for the third book works, I felt like I was stuck in the very boring middle while reading Feedback.