Robison Wells

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Robison Wells
Born Robison Earl Wells
(1978-04-04) April 4, 1978 (age 38)
Occupation Author
Nationality United States
Period 2004 - present
Genre science fiction, young adult
Notable works Variant

Robison Wells (born April 1978) is an American novelist.

Personal life[edit]

Robinson Wells, the brother of author Dan Wells, was a reluctant reader as a child. He did not become interested in writing until he was in college. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with a degree in political science, emphasizing in international relations, with a minor in history, and earned an MBA in marketing at Brigham Young University in 2009.[1] Wells lives in North Ogden, Utah, with his wife and three children. He previously lived in New Mexico, which has been the setting for three of his five published novels. Wells is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2]


Robison Wells first began writing as part of a writing group with Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson.

Wells's first three books were written for the LDS fiction market. The first, On Second Thought is a romantic comedy set in New Mexico, and the second two, Wake Me When It's Over and The Counterfeit are political thrillers.

In April 2010 it was announced that Wells had signed a 3-book YA deal with HarperTeen. The first novel Variant is a young adult science fiction novel set in a boarding school in New Mexico. It has one sequel, Feedback; it is not a trilogy.[1]

Wells's third book with HarperTeen, Blackout was announced in Publisher's Marketplace as being the first of a series, including two novels and a novella, and was released in Fall 2013. The sequel, "Dead Zone" was released a year later. Wells's latest book with HarperTeen is titled Dark Energy.

Wells also indie-published a novel, Airships of Camelot. It was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It is described as "alternate-history, steampunk, old West, King Arthur."

Critical Reception[edit]

Variant was released to much critical acclaim, receiving starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA. It also received favorable reviews from Booklist and Kirkus. Publishers Weekly also named Variant as one of their Best Books of 2011, and featured Wells as one of their "Flying Starts".[1][3]

Feedback has received mixed reviews. Kirkus referred to it as "An absorbing read that won't let fans of the first down",[4] while Booklist said "the claustrophobic tightness of the first book is replaced here by a loose series of threats that never solidify into something worth rooting against."

The Whitney Awards[edit]

In the spring of 2007, Robison Wells began work on the Whitney Awards, an awards program for LDS fiction. He has stated that this idea came from a conversation with friend and fellow author Brandon Sanderson. The Whitney Awards are sponsored by LDStorymakers, an author's guild for LDS writers. Robison Wells served as president of the Whitney Awards Committee for three years, ending in 2010.[5]

Mental Health[edit]

Wells has a panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trichotillomania and is an outspoken advocate for those with mental illness. In 2014, Wells, joined by Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells, edited, Altered Perceptions, an anthology of essays from popular YA writers about their struggles with mental illness. He writes and speaks extensively about these topics. [6][7]



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