You Read What? Book Review: Adaptation

Author: Malinda Lo

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

  • Imprint:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date Published: September 18th 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Toronto Public Library


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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 2


AdaptationLOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cover. I wasn’t sure of the style of the title but when you see it from a distance, it has this trippy, hazy look to it. One of the most stunning and eye catching reads of the read for sure.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 3 out of 5


I didn’t realize how much I missed the sci-fi genre and the lack of it in the books that I’ve read this past year. Lo has regenerated this love once again in this novel. It’s quite the stand out in the ocean of dystopians, paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporaries.

I had a few issues with the story. The relationship between Amber and Reese was realistic in how it was written WHILE they were together but how they got together seemed out of nowhere in comparison to the set up of her feelings towards David. This was brought up in the book but it wasn’t done in a way where I believed it. The explanation  or clues to what was going on in the story was concentrated in the beginning and in the end but then kind of left me to wade around in the relationship/romance part of the story in the middle. That’s okay but some of the “plot” should have been sprinkled throughout it a little more. I guess you can say the pacing was off.

Besides these two criticisms, I liked the story and know that the next one will be even better now that the foundation work is done with in this one.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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