Series: Adaptation #1
Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.
Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.
This book opened up with birds going crazy and plunging into the ground (to their deaths) or flying en masse into airplanes causing crashes all over the world.
My first thought was what is happening here?
As I continued reading, I grew more and more fascinated – and more and more confused.
Mysteries, secrets, and conspiracies oh my!
This is one book where I couldn’t possibly have predicted what was really going on.
That makes me adore Malinda Lo.
Reese is my favorite kind of main character. As her life is imploding and the world around her seems to be going crazy, she doesn’t keep everything to herself (even though the government required her to sign an NDA after her accident). She finds ways to talk to her mom (yes – her mother). She decides – with David – that it’s okay to bring her best friend Julian into the loop. She doesn’t just suffer in silence and try to fix the world herself. I get so angry with characters who do that!
Her mom is actually involved in her life. That never happens in YA! A large chunk of the book is dedicated to Reese discovering that she likes girls (too). Her mom catches her kissing a girl, and there’s no drama whatsoever surrounding the scene. LOVE.
I do think the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly (in what world would the government release Reese and David simply because of media pressure?) but I’m excited to see what happens next. This story is far from over.
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- Rather Be Reading: Despite my drawbacks, Lo successfully left me aching to know what happens to her characters. The blending of paranormal elements and conspiracy theories was incredibly intriguing. Pieces of the story felt so real to me that I couldn’t help but be wary of flocks of birds when I saw them. I have no idea what will happen next for Reese, but I am very anxious to see what Lo has in store for us.
- Assorted Insanity: The plot was crazy. It starts off as birds crashing into random shit like they’re missiles and ends up being some crazy thing that I can’t really explain because of spoilers. It’s so weird and nonsensical. As you can tell, the only words I can use to describe the plot are weird, insane, and crazy.
- The Book Smugglers: Adaptation is one of those rare, unique birds in YA: a good, cool and geek-friendly sci-fi story featuring an extremely diverse cast of characters and a beautifully portrayed bisexual protagonist.