Author: Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Malinda Lo, you are one hell of a storyteller. Adaptation was so fast-paced and made for a very quick read – which is shown by the fact that I devoured it all in one sitting.
You all know I love me a government conspiracy, and the conspiracy in Adaptation is awesome. It’s not completely original, but Malinda Lo twisted it enough to make it her own and made it even more interesting and exciting. All the plot twists and turns kept me guessing and made for a thrilling story.
One refreshing aspect of Adaptation – parents that are present in their kids’ lives! Hallelujah folks. I was pleasantly surprised at this and hope I continue to see it in the YA genre. Another great aspect of the story was the developing relationship between Reese and Amber. While I personally can’t relate to exploring my sexuality like Reese, I think it’s uber important for LGBT teens to be able to identify and relate to these characters at such an important time in life.
This is my first book by Malinda Lo and you best believe I will be reading more in the future.