Government Conspiracies Can Be Fun!

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

First Look:

Well, I think it strikes the right tone: creepy and unsettling.  I like that the water is disturbed, making the reflection imperfect.

Jacket Copy:

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.

Sequel?

Yep, the second book is out in September of this year.

Worth Reading?

It’s a thrill ride for sure, and Lo writes in a smooth, immediate manner, drawing the reader into the action and the emotions of her protagonist, Reese.  The mystery of what, exactly, has happened to Reese and David after their accident is, well, worthy of The X-Files.  I loved every minute of this book (which only felt like about 90, I read it so fast).

Notable Things:

Mystery!  It’s twisty and confusing and fun and there are high stakes–and I didn’t figure everything out on page 50!

GLBT Themes–and it’s not just the sidekick!  I don’t want to say any more here, because that’s an important part of the journey that you should experience for yourself.

Elaboration:

It’s hard to talk about books like this without revealing spoilers–there’s so much that is the thrill and mystery of discovering these things with Reese.  Suffice to say that Lo (author of two previous high-fantasy YA novels) does not not seem to have had any difficulty changing genres, and if you’re willing to commit to the series (because many questions are still unanswered), it is well worth reading Adaptation.

Disclosure:

Borrowed, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.

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