Friday, August 9, 2013

Adaptation

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
Today’s post is on Adaptation by Malinda Lo. It is 386 pages long and is published by Little, Brown and Company. The cover has a young woman with green eyes looking at the reader as she is floating in water. The intended reader is older young adult but anyone who like conspiracy theories, aliens are among us, and fast paced plots then you will like this. Warning: there is bisexual and homosexual themes and characters in this story, so if that is not your thing move on. There is language, same sex kissing and groping and violence. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the middle of the Nevada night, 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.
Adaptation is a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.

Review- Lo is a good writer and this book is nothing less than a fun, sexy, thrill ride. I love conspiracy theories and she did her research well. It was like reading X-Files for teenagers. The government is not just the bad guy and the aliens are not good guys but like all good novels there is grey; the only ones who are good are the main characters of Reese, David, and their families. I liked that you just do not know who to trust. There is some disturbing scenes in the hospital and when all the bad things start to happen at the beginning of the book but just go with it and you will rewarded with an excellent read. I know that some people will be put off by the same sex themes in this book but do not just not read it because of that. It is not the main theme of the story just an added layer to make the plot thicker. If it was guy in Amber’s place I would not even be talking about it but It does need to be addressed. The love story is just a love story; read it and move on. I hope that Lo plans to write more about these characters and in this world because I would love to read more. I have a problem with the blurb. Reese does not have a crush on David but he has one on her. That is an important difference to the plot.

I give this book a Four and Half stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.