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The Variant Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B01KD2IHD6
- Publisher : simple bicycle publishing; 1st edition (August 12, 2016)
- Publication date : August 12, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 360 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 169 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #949,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from the United States
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Something about it reminded me of a Rick & Morty (of course nowhere near as hilarious)
It's a really quick read that I'd definitely recommend to sci-fi/fantasy fans. What have you got to lose?
I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more reads from this author.
Tyler Roydman is the protagonist of Justin M. Woodward’s debut novel, The Variant (2016). It is a fast-moving fantasy novel with nuances of science fiction revolving around a twenty-eight-year-old man who comes to learn he has special powers and is referred to by others as a “Variant.” The “others” are the “Creators.” There is no peace between them and a great amount of ill-will from the Creators toward the Variants they would like to see wiped out since Variants are the only control or balance to the Creators’ desire to have total power over the world.
Woodward has Tyler spending most of his time in The Variant pursuing understanding of what is happening to him, how to bring control to his life, and what it is he has done wrong in his earlier life that he is told must be corrected. Through no apparent fault of his own, Tyler falls victim to tragedy after tragedy and with every miniscule piece of information he learns about himself, there always appears to be set backs and more roadblocks—even hatred from others.
The Variant is an ambitious first novel plunging readers into a mysterious and baffling world. Woodward’s approach to the novel is to keep the story moving at a rapid pace. There are times when his approach does not lend itself to the depth of character development some readers will miss and there appears to be an over-reliance upon unlikely coincidence and happenstance—some of which is explained toward the end of the novel. As can happen with some first novels, there are occasional grammatical errors and questionable syntax which can be a distraction and should have been caught and corrected with better editing.
As the novel progresses, there is violence along with mystery in The Variant, but the author seldom opts for extreme gore. Readers also will quickly discover the third person narrator of the story is not a totally dependable one. By the novel’s conclusion Woodward ties up many of the novel’s loose ends with a revelation most readers are unlikely to foresee. Readers who enjoy the rapid-fire of a James Rollins novel are apt to enjoy The Variant and its intrigue-filled plot.
Tyler's life has never been normal. He has gaps in his memories and unexplained powers that turn up under moments of stress.
This novel accelerates from the moment of Nathan's disappearance and doesn't let up. Who took Nathan and why? Is he still alive? Who can Tyler turn to for help? And what exactly can Tyler do with his powers?
I enjoyed The Variant very much. I was expecting more horror (Think The Firestarter and telekinetic powers) and it went a completely different direction (more X-Files maybe?). It's the story of an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers who just wants his son back. I'd like to revisit these characters and find out where they go from here.
Thank you Justin for sending me a copy of your book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
This is solid enough and easy to read with some interesting characters, but it doesn't really hold together entirely.
If this is your first taste of the author do try some more, the books have improved each time and are good fun.
While the first one I read was a more shoot-em up, action book, this one is squarely in the urban horror/fantasy category.
Initially, while reading this, I was pegging this book at a 4/5 review. I liked all of the elements, but parts of it felt a bit rushed. This all makes sense considering two things; this is his first book and according to his afterward, he wrote most of this on his phone at work while sitting in the passenger seat of the work truck, travelling from place to place.
Now 4/5 isnt a bad rating by no means, but then something clicked. Then The Variant went from simply a really fun read to a really excellent read.
The closing act, the last 1/3rd of this book takes it from a 4/5 to a 5/5. It resolves so much, files in so many blanks and ultimately connected with me on an emotional level.
Fantastic read and the characters are great and their stories makes sense.
Truly as a first novel, this is a fantastic effort! Now to finish Tamer Animals!