Robison Wells is here today with a this or that list courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for his new release, Variant. Thank you for being here today, Robison! You can follow along with the tour here. Enjoy!
Snickers or Kit Kat: Kit Kat. I wish I had a deep philosophical reason for that answer, but I don’t.
Raccoon or Possum: Raccoon. I grew up in the city, but we lived near an open creek, and we’d frequently have raccoons harassing our dog and stealing its food. My dad hated them, but I grew quite fond of them. They seem smarter than the average animal—less like scavengers and more like cunning thieves.
Socks or barefoot: Socks AND shoes. Whether it’s a work day or a lazy Saturday, I will wear shoes from the minute I wake up until the minute I crawl into bed. I don’t know why. I just think they’re comfortable.
Coffee or Tea: I’m a Mormon, so neither. But when my friends want to go to Starbucks my drink of choice is the hot caramel apple cider. It’s divine.
Cat or Dog: Dog, definitely. I don’t own a dog (I can hardly keep three kids clean and fed, let alone a dog), but I love them a lot. It’s an annual tradition to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and to try to guess the winners.
E-book or Physical: If you’d asked me six months ago, I would have definitely said physical, but my wife got me a Kindle for my birthday and I fell in love with it. I now also have an iPad, which I don’t like as much as an eReader—I still prefer the Kindle—but it’s rare I’ll read a physical book anymore. Ebooks are just so dang convenient.
Pen or Pencil: Pen, definitely. I’ll search my house, looking under couch cushions and in kitchen drawers for a pen before I’ll settle for a pencil.
Rock or Pop: Of the two, I prefer rock, but I have nothing against pop. However, I realized recently that the one playlist on my iPod that gets the most airtime is actually folk. I don’t know how that happened; apparently I got old. My two favorite musicians (aside from The Beatles, which are in a different category), are Natalie Merchant and Iron and Wine.
Peanuts or Cashews: Cashews, but a peanut butter sandwich is always my late night snack.
Boat or Train: TRAIN. I’m so glad you asked. I’m a train fan, and I read about them and purposely get stuck at train crossings just so I can watch them go past.
True story: when my wife and I were engaged, we were on a late night road trip down to visit friends in New Mexico, and below us in the canyon we could see the lights of trains as they passed through a coal yard. I asked my wife “Do you know what I like better than trains?” She now tells the story that she was expecting something romantic, like “I like you better than trains” or “I like that we’re getting married”. And then I said “Trains at night.” Because, you know, trains at night are really awesome.
Love your answers, Robison! Thank you for being here today!
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.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.