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. The story of Adaptation () and Inheritance (), Malinda Lo’s excellent Young Adult science fiction duology from Little, Brown Books for.

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Are we looking at a Matrix scenario here? There’s something about people being taken aboard an alien ship in the middle of nowhere and being tested on then coming back changed. Especially when the world is changing in front of their very eyes and the government provides a weak excuse.

View all 23 comments. Plotwis One day, traveling back from a debate tournament, everything goes crazy and awful: Still, an enjoyable read overall. I am a parent. Reece and her debate partner, David, are in an Arizona airport when strange bird behavior results in all flights being grounded.

ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo | Kirkus Reviews

It just doesn’t seem like my cup of tea really, and the alien conspiracy mixed with the school special element and romance seems a bit off. The casual ableist language is relentless but what really tipped me over the edge and has resulted in me docking a full star on Goodreads was the part saying that “only crazy people hear voices” which is absolutely a revolting thing to say, especially when you consider that mental illnesses like schizophrenia are among the most stigmatised in our society.

Reese’s father has a long talk with her about how he feels like he can love more than one person even though what he’s engaged in isn’t love but lust but it brings up those questions to Reese even further. Adaptation by Malinda Lo 1 4 Mar 13, It’s quite possible I just wasn’t in the right place.


This was an extremely quick read for me! Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Another criticism I have is how the novel falters in terms of pacing. I’ll probably just read a review of the next on with lots of spoilers byy that I know how it plays out.

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1) by Malinda Lo

I’ve only created this profile to claim my name here, and I don’t check messages here or add friends. Fearing terrorism, the government grounds all planes and their flight is cancelled. The story draws in readers at the first page, and the tension slowly increases until an explosive and unimaginable climax.

Reese just finds stuff when the story requires it. Lots of action and adventure. There was barely any character development for any of the protagonists. I feel as if she should have put all that extra effort into creating more of a back story for her characters.

He admits to hearing voices, and their bodies both experience rapid healing. There were a total of 9 plane crashes because of these birds and a flight ban was raised.

On the drive home, on an empty stretch of highway in the middle of the night in Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights and the car Across North America, birds are hurling themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. And a gay, black, Jewish conspiracy theorist that started out like the iconic line from “Kingsman”!

Slowly the pieces come into place and they begin to learn that their time spent in the hospital has changed them in ways they could never imagine; They are now at great risk.



Her best friend is running an investigation of government conspiracies for an underground website, whispering about secret programs and even. It’s a short scene, but a nice one. Sep 07, Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok Shelves: She only knows one thing: There’s still some stuff with all that to be resolved in the next book, obviously. The writing of the book is probably my biggest point of contention here: David and Reese had that budding romance that didn’t really go anywhere.

I recommend it highly.

As a SF native and current resident it was really fun to read. The romantic elements didn’t work, in my opinion. But this is not the main story, this is not an LGTBQ book that happens to have science fiction elements. I like the basic framework for the story as well as the overall storyarc, and felt the writing was engaging adaptatoon even-handed.

The character development lacks strength.


When I think back there is one movie that sticks out as adxptation actually scared the crap out of me, that movie is Fire In The Sky. Reese and David then decide to discover what else happened in the 27 days and whatever it is that is hidden from the public. The stranger her life becomes, the more Reese is tempted to believe his wildest wild theories.