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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
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nov 20, 2012 karen rated it liked it

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
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Bisexual love triangle? With sugar, please.
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
Sep 30, 2012 Breanne rated it it was ok
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
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Sep 11, 2012 Nafiza rated it liked it
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
Wendy Darling

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Feb 04, 2015 Cyna rated it liked it
I feel like I’ve had a pretty good experience with Malinda Lo’s books so far. Huntress and Ash weren’t perfect, but I remember them fondly, and I was excited for Adaptation, Lo’s step from medieval fantasy into contemporary sci-fi. Unfortunately, I don’t know that I’ll be able to remember this one with as much affection as the others. It was kind of a slog. An on-the-bad-end-of-mediocre slog.

Adaptation‘s saving grace is that its heart is in the right place. There’s no uncritically perpetuated bi
Sep 12, 2016 Niamh rated it really liked it
This was an extremely quick read for me! I don't think I've been this excited to finish a book since I read A Thousand Pieces of You in one day (and killed my sleeping pattern in the progress).

The synopsis had me intrigued, because evil birds? Who doesn't love to read about nature going haywire?! This book was well paced, with action here and a lull there. I sometimes felt that the lulls in the middle of the book were stretched out a bit too long though, as the storyline did get a little boring.
Oct 25, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
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
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
I’ve been meaning to read this since it first came out, and at one point I even had an ARC of it, I think for the UK release. I ended up grabbing it and the sequel on our way to the airport, and read it on the flight. Which was possibly not a good idea given all the plane crashes at the start, heh. I don’t quite buy the explanation given in the book for that — genetically manipulated birds all somehow released at once and in multiple places worldwide? Seems a bit of a hole in the story there.

One day, traveling back from a debate tournament, everything goes crazy and awful: flocks of birds cause several plane crashes. Okay, birds are creepy. Then there's a national state of emergency which leaves Reece, her teammate and their debate coach stranded farm from home with phones out/down/whatever and no flights. Highschool students unable to get home or contact their folks during an emergency, that's a hell of a situation. And then things get worse. And worse. And still more worse.

Kat (Lost in Neverland)

This is how mystery is done.
This is how representation is done.

It has some slow parts, but 'Adaptation' is a truly enthralling read. The romance and suspense is equally distributed, the parental figure isn't brushed to the side like most other YA books, and a mystery you can't wait to know the outcome for.
Nemo (Young Adult At Heart)
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
Rachel Brown
Nov 05, 2012 Rachel Brown rated it really liked it
Malinda Lo’s latest novel opens with birds falling dead from the sky. Teenage Reese Holloway and her crush object/debate partner, David Li, are caught in a strange near-apocalypse as all over the world, flocks of birds crash into airplanes. Unable to get a flight home from their debate, they rent a car and try to drive back. After adventures which I won’t spoil, they make it back to San Francisco, where life has gone more or less back to normal… except for their strange new abilities, gaps in ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: incredible-ya
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
Oct 07, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
(More like 2 for enjoyment, but I'm trying to give credit for -- something.)

One of those books that you expect to like, and then find about as easy to fall into as molasses. Very cold, bordering-on-solid molasses. There were plenty of elements I thought should have been appealing, but I kept getting thrown out by the characters being flat, flat, flat. Reese sure told us a lot about her crush, and exactly how each kiss made her feel, but it never connected for me in any way. When the big Twist f
Jenni Arndt
Sep 16, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-own
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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Here is Reese, a normal sixteen year old girl who is on the debate team with her crush David, and debate teacher when the unthinkable happens. Several airplane accidents caused by birds have grounded all flights out of the country. Reese and David manage to rent a car and try to drive home and on the way they get into an accident caused by you
Apr 23, 2015 Elaine rated it it was ok
After an unsuccessful stint at the national debate championship, Reese, David and their coach Mr. Chapman waits to board their flight but things got awry because of birds crashing on planes. There were a total of 9 plane crashes because of these birds and a flight ban was raised. Believing that this was not a normal occurence, Reese convinces David and Mr. Chapman to consider renting a car and driving back to San Francisco. On their way home, Mr. Chapman gets shot by a car jacker and the two ...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
I was very excited to read this book. Not just because it was a dystopian (I love dystopian settings) but because the main protagonist is bisexual – yay for diversity! I have read many LGBT books but very little seem to cover the ‘B’ (even less so the ‘T’) aspect so I was really happy to discover that the main character Reece is attracted to girls as well as boys.

The story begins with a bang – after taking part in a National Debate competition, Reece and her debating partner David, find themselv
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
“That night she dreamed of a yellow room. Red streaked down the walls like dripping paint, and she felt enclosed in a warm, pulsing cocoon.”

Summary: While Reese Holloway is on a debate trip to Arizona, thousands of birds begin attacking planes all across North America, then fall from the sky, dead. All USA flights are grounded, so Reese, her debate partner David, and their advisor rent a car and attempt to drive back to San Francisco. While driving through the Nevada desert, a bird flies into
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 21, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it liked it
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
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Reece is shocked when several planes across the US are brought down by flocks of birds, and together with her friend and her debate team coach, decides to drive home instead of flying.
When the car they are in crashes, and Reece wakes up 27 days later, she finds herself having been given an experimental treatment, and is sworn to secrecy.
What was this
Sherwood Smith
Nov 10, 2012 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: sf
Picked this off the giant stack to look at while I was involved in a long, tedious dinner-cooking process, and ended up so absorbed that I nearly burned the food.

Then last night I picked it up again, and read until very late, finishing this morning over breakfast.

First reaction: ARGH! Talk about the cliff-hanger of the century!

Second reaction: a terrific book. I was deeply involved in how Lo managed to blend friendship and relationship conflict within the tense story of seeming apocalypse and go
Feb 08, 2013 Spark740 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 24, 2016 Bailee rated it did not like it
honestly so sick of the insta-love and obscure views of sexuality in books lately
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BIO: Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including the sci-fi thriller Adaptation; the sequel, Inheritance, will be published Sept. 24, 2013. Her first novel, A
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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.” 7 likes
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