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Adaptation (Adaptation #1)

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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 tra...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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i have got to learn to read the entire dust jacket in the future...

this is what i saw:

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.
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 o
Full review at the Intergalactic Academy.


It’s rare that I read a novel and think, “This is an absolutely honest expression of a certain set of experiences”–rarer, still, to find such utter and raw honesty in paranormal YA. While on the surface Malinda Lo’s Adaptation shares traits with paranormal YA that has come before it (the fun, but less meaty Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; Liz Norris’ recent debut Unraveling, which I reviewed back in April) it distinguishes itself by having, at its core,...more
Ash Wednesday
Pretty package wrapped around a skeletal core, padded by lots of glittery styrofoam.

Hey, at least they're glittery.

On their way home from a debate meet in Arizona, Reese, David and their coach, Mr. Chapman's flight back to San Francisco got grounded. Birds have caused four planes all over the country to crash for some mysterious reason. In true post-apocalyptic fashion, the three of them opted to travel by land, getting waylaid by the pandemonium generated by the uncertainty surrounding the str...more
Because my former review was about as accurate to my feelings on this book as the Republican Platform is to my feelings on gay marriage, I'm going to completely re-write the review. (But first, since I'm thinking about it... IRRELEVANT IMAGE TIME!)

But actually, I don't think that image was very irrelevant. (TRANSITION!) Because this novel stars a bisexual character (as of now). Despite the fact that it's science fiction. As little as I want to think about this, I can't help but notice: this is t...more
If you have read the synopsis for this novel, you will understand exactly why it is so intriguing. The mystery it promises reeled me in and I began with the intention of reading a few pages but about two and a half hours later, turned the last page. Lo knows how to tell a story. She knows how to reel a reader in and while Adaptation had some flaws, you have to give credit where it is due.

It is inevitable that I will end up discussing the romance in this novel because of two reasons: one, it is a...more
I'm torn between whether to give this one or two stars. The very beginning was pretty good, so I'm going to leave it at 2. But... mehhh. After the opening action (view spoiler), all of the momentum was completely lost, there wasn't a clear direction that we were moving in. That was really hard to read through. I almost put the book down again and again but such a good premise had been set up in the first 50 pages that I wanted to know what happened w...more
Adaptation was different from the YA I've been reading lately. Very sci-fi, X-Files feel with government cover ups and conspiracy theories. There's an unusual love triangle, but it's not the focus of the story, so it didn't annoy me.

Reece and her debate partner, David, are in an Arizona airport when strange bird behavior results in all flights being grounded. They attempt to drive home to San Francisco and end up in a strange military hospital after a horrible car accident. Neither has any memo...more
I have a love for this kind of story and I can't put my finger on why. I like good science fiction but there are certain tropes in the genre that work for me and this is one of them. (view spoiler)

Lo's novel is fast paced up until the end, where I found there was a little bit of a drag as the real information and back story was revealed. It's not problematic, but...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Actual rating is 2.5.

I grew up watching horror movies, probably long before I should have ever been watching them. When I think back there is one movie that sticks out as having actually scared the crap out of me, that movie is Fire In The Sky. There's something about people being taken aboard an alien ship in the middle of nowhere and being tested on then coming back changed. It's so creepy, because no one knows about it and these people come bac...more
Joy (joyous reads)
It's taken me at least two weeks to actually finish this book. I started off hooked and completely enthralled with the mystery surrounding the deadly flock of birds but by the time that's over, this book just completely flat-lined. Considering there was a bigger mystery in what happened to Reese and David after their car accident, it's unfortunate that it couldn't sustain my initial hunger.

Do you guys remember those birds that fell from the sky a couple of years ago? There were conspiracy theori...more
Katherine Leary
I never set out with the intention to read science fiction, but as it happens, I read a fair amount of it anyway. Usually this is because I pick up something that sounds really interesting and it turns out to be sci-fi, but in this case, however, a friend added an ARC of this book (surreptitiously, of course) to a pile I was borrowing and it wasn't until I'd read the first 20 pages that I realized what I was really getting into.

Since the book has yet to be released, I will refrain from any spoi...more
Josephine (aurora lector)
Bisexual love triangle? With sugar, please.
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Birds are attacking planes and dropping dead from the sky. Reese and David are trapped in an airport when the planes are grounded, and make a mad dash to drive home. On the way, a bird attacks their car, and they crash. Waking up a month later, Reese finds that she and David have weird new abilities and are being stalked by the government, and also by someone who is not the government…

Um… not sure if my above summary really describes this book that well. Sure, all the above happens, but it’s a l...more
Across North America, birds are hurling themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands die, and fearing terrorism, the United States grounds all flights. Reese is in Arizona with her debate partner, and longtime crush, David when the flights are stopped, trying to get home to San Francisco. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. 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...more
I actually did not read all of this. There, the disclaimer is out of the way.

Although stereotypes are generally negative in that they form prejudices and don't encourage new experiences, I promptly stereotyped this book after 1.5 chapters. Why? Because I took note of these three things in what I did read:

1) Insta-typical female main character in love with guy trying to keep her alright life in order meh-ish infodump!
2) Insta-simile-overload trying to make you superficially start fangirling the m...more
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Lindsay Ellis
Edit: It's been bothering me for months. Bias or no I just had to re-rate this fucker to one star. I just hated it so goddamn much.

Goodreads ate my rage-y review. Grrrr. Take two.

This book was really lame. Two stars instead of one because I'm super biased with alien books, but goddamn this shit was unoriginal. Don't explain your Evil Government of Evil. It just makes it way lamer. Hell, the EGE in this book made the Evil Corporation in District 9 seem downright nuanced. The pacing was awful, the...more
Ana’s Take:

Reese, her debate team partner David and their teacher are at the airport on their way back home from a debate competition in Arizona when reports start to show that across the USA flocks of birds have hurled themselves into planes causing several of them to crash. Fearing terrorism, the government grounds all planes and their flight is cancelled. The trio manages to rent a car and on their drive home, an event of unspeakable violence sets Reese and David on a manic drive along an emp...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
On My Blog: Books and Katie

Rating: ★★


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.

San Francisco feels like a different place with police enfor...more
Michelle Arrow

I was so disappointed with Malinda Lo's previous novels, Huntress and Ash. They were horrible, but when I received a ebook (ARC? but it's been out for already 2 years) from Netgalley, I was like "Sure, why not read this?" Plus, the rebellious and captivating summary immediately snuck me in.

I am proud to announce that Adaptation was absolutely awesome and thrilling. It's the best science-fiction book I've read in a while, with you know, the occasional little tweak here and there.

The fir...more
I got an eGalley of this book to review from NetGalley. I am a big fan of Malinda Lo's previous works (Huntress and Ash). I was excited when I saw she was coming out with a new series, but also a bit leery of the fact that is was more of a sci-fi thriller series. This book was okay. I enjoyed the beginning, was confused by how different the middle was, and then thought the ending was just too typical of alien conspiracy types of books.

Reese and David are returning home from a Debate competition...more
Exciting beginning then totally boredom from my point of view. Besides, I don't understand why the author forced the lesbian-bisex thing in this high concept story. The explanation of the events is really lame and we can know from the blurb about the alien connection so nothing surprising is there. That's all I can say, I was suffering to read this book which is a shame because I really liked it in the first place.
Adrian Fridge
[I received an e-copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]

This is the book for lovers of aliens, conspiracies, and bisexuals. While there's no break from standard Young Adult tropes, it's laced together with an authenticity and rawness that'll leave you with goosebumps... as long as you get past the shaky beginning.

The first 30% of the novel reads like a Thriller. You have action and gore and blood pumping in your veins between the bird strikes and the chaotic aftermath...more
Best of Ms. Lo's books thus far. Incredibly fast-paced and enjoyable. I think she does walk you down a path where the story becomes inevitable which is the only reason this isn't five stars. Love the characters, and the fact that her representation of San Francisco is fairly accurate.
Oct 06, 2012 Rae added it
I opened the cover just to check it out, and a few hours later, I had finished! Recommended for fans of X-FILES or RJ Anderson's ULTRAVIOLET. Also, I very much appreciated the graceful and empathetic depiction of teen bisexuality.
Well, given that I just managed to finish this within one day, I'll say that it is a bloody good read. I don't think that I could tell you what I actually enjoyed the most about the story, because yes, the narrative of the conspiracy was very intriguing, the bits of the book where they're attempting to figure things out and piecing the clues together. However, I found the relationships throughout the story were my main interest. I wanted to know whether anything would come of the crush on David,...more
I'm still coming to terms with the fact that the new book by an author I truly love is...really not good.

It doesn't know what it is. It alternates between first-crush romance and cliché sci-fi; it's an episode of the X-Files, which could be cool, except it's an episode that got cut from production. The world around the characters is clearly the world where an author lives in an ultra-bubble of liberal West Coast NPR fantasy. (Count the number of times San Francisco is falsely referred to as a pr...more
Emily, a Book and a Cat
Concept/Ideas: 5/5
Storyline/Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5

Adaptation blew me away! I did not expect to love this book as much as I did... Wow! When I first read the synopsis for this book, I didn't get the feel that this book was going to be about aliens or Area 51, or anything of that nature. I really wasn't too sure what the book was going to be about really, except that there were birds that were causing distress through America. Personally, I am a huge fan of alien and Area 51 li...more
Action, conspiracies, and bizarre happenings lend an air of mystery and heightened tension to Adaptation. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down until it ended, and even then I wanted to keep reading. There is so much going on, so much waiting to be revealed. I haven't watched the movie Birds, but once I read about the birds dying in flocks and causing the deaths of countless people, I freaked out. I was scared that there was some conspiracy going on that was making the birds attack...more
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“Kissing Amber was like falling into the sea: Her body surrendered to the pull of the tide, buoyed by the saltwater, every breath tasting like the ocean. Reese lost all sense of where the surface was. All there was, was this. Amber’s lips, her tongue, her hands stroking back Reese’s hair, curling around her head and holding her steady. If their first kiss had been a bit awkward, that was gone now.” 3 likes
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