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. Malinda Lo’s newest book, Adaptation, is a step away from her usual fare: it’s a young adult science fiction novel set in the near future. As the. Joint Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo. Posted on October 3, Title: Adaptation. Author: Malinda Lo. Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Young Adult.

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The whole approach this book takes to its aliens and conspiracies and its junior detectives and secret military labs is so middle grade, none of it feels like anything that could conceivably happen in the real world.

Oct 30, Hallie rated it liked it. Another criticism I have is how the novel falters in terms of pacing.


Neither has any memory of what happened after the accident, and they’ve been in comas for 28 days. Fearing terrorism, the government grounds all planes and their flight is cancelled. Malina Lo captures the awkward, the tender, and the terrifying in a believable way.

I grew up watching horror movies, probably long before I should have ever been watching them. Chapman gets shot by a car jacker and the two get After an unsuccessful stint at the national debate acaptation, Reese, David and their coach Mr. Adqptation, texting her BFF Julien, finds out that there are theories of a government cover-up of even more crashes than have been publicized, combined with a suspicious media blackout.

Every character had a personality except for him. Yes but not for MC identities Chinese-American, queerness in general–author is a lesbian Content warnings: My old review for this book can be found on my blog, the lowercase gimmick.

Reese believes the accident happened around the area most commonly known as Area Perhaps it was my own teenage proclivity towards The X-Files that I felt a deep connection to the mythos of the story, but despite having had years of “experience” with a deep-rooted l conspiracy, I was still surprised by several elements of the story. I like that there’s an underlying feeling of randomness to the context of the things happening here but I was waiting for a turn in the story that will elicit some visceral, human reaction from me as a reader.



Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush Adaptayion are in Arizona when it happens. One day, traveling back from a debate tournament, everything goes crazy and awful: When their rental finally made it out of Arizona, chaos, looting, killings have started. The character development lacks strength. The openness of this relationship, the love between mother and daughter, the tangled emotions that Reese feels for Amber and David are all very well done.

Review 1 4 Nov 19, Do you know what I mean? While Ana says that David has no personality, I actually think this affliction applies to Reese as well.

It’s not simply set up but it’s a set up too! Mar 17, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: I actually loved everything about it: Hardcoverpages. But you know what? Birds are attacking planes and dropping dead from the sky.

The tension is relentless until the teens make it safely back to San Francisco, at which point romantic entanglements Reese falls for Amber, but maybe she likes David too detract from the strange abilities Reese and David are developing and the conspiracies they begin to unravel with lots of men in black after them.

The reader still gets the chance to witness all of Reese’s troubles, all of her experiences, still gets to feel all of her teenage awkwardness in terms of her relationship with David and her connection with Amber, the change in her environment and how odd she feels, but the third person, the lack of I, allows the reader to follow her, to walk beside her, while still knowing what she is thinking.

It’s so creepy, because no one knows about it and these people come bac You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.


ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo | Kirkus Reviews

Lots of people have spoken about the whole “evil birds” thing being a huge draw for them, but it’s not really at the core of the story.

Lo manages a diverse cast Asian-American smart stud; gay conspiracy nut; debate nerd without ever falling into stereotypes, but unfortunately, the same is not always true of the plot.

David is interested, but only confesses this after Reese has broken it off with Amber. See all 3 questions about Adaptation…. Reese and David are great characters, and I thought the third person worked very well here.

There were conspiracy theories that circled all over the internet and news networks that had something to do with either weather, fireworks, the Mayan apocalypse and invisible UFOs. A sequel you are going to skip? It’s not epic science fiction but more of a contemporary and science fiction mix in the vein of Ultraviolet by R. The very beginning was pretty good, so I’m going to leave it at 2.

Especially given the subject matter. Soon Reese finds herself heading straight toward that most mysterious of places: Then it sags in the middle as the plot meanders around a more romantic storyline then it eventually moves toward an extremely rushed ending. On the drive home, on an empty stretch of highway in the middle of the night in Nevada, a bird flies into their adatation and the car Across North America, birds are hurling themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash.

Unable to get maljnda flight home from their debate, they rent a car and try to drive back.