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Adaptation

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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  6,685 ratings  ·  955 reviews
Flocks of birds are hurling themselves at aeroplanes across America. Thousands of people die. Millions are stranded. Everyone knows the world will never be the same.

On Reese's long drive home, along a stretch of empty highway at 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.
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books (first published September 18th 2012)
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Mary Anderson There are several episodes of kissing,hugs and touching between both young women and men. One character is a gay man. Nothing was genital.
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There are several episodes of kissing,hugs and touching between both young women and men. One character is a gay man. Nothing was genital.
Some parents might object. I am a parent. The parents here are sensible and portrayed a good caring relationship with their young adult children.(less)
Michelle Yes, definitely, and it's relevant to the plot, not just a subplot.

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Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA sci-fi thriller.

When birds start to mysteriously fall out of the sky, Reese is in Arizona with her debate partner David and her debate coach. Soon, it becomes clear that something disastrous has happened all across the continent. Flocks of birds are going crazy everywhere. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of airplanes have crashed. Reese is stranded at the airport, and whatever the true nature of the disaster, the US government seems to be covering it up. Reese, David and her coach grab the last rent
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karen

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
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Josephine (biblioseph)
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
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Yusra  ✨
I need to find a way to get this book off my hands ASAP it’s physically hurting me to own it.
thanks to my local library for giving me a copy of this book BUT Y’ALL SHOULDN'T HAVE . I’m not being sarcastic.
Reese has got to be one of the most annoying characters to exist in the book world.
and a bisexual love triangle in which the male love interest is bland and dry, and the female love interest has no build-up does NOT work for me. I’m sorry. Diversity matters and I’m sure this is the only book
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Breanne
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike
My (old) review for this book can be found on my blog, the lowercase gimmick.

It can be hard to admit that a book I really liked and that really impacted me emotionally is flawed. But there are big parts of this book that don't work - mainly, the fact that Reese is a very passive protagonist, and the sci-fi elements don't fit well with the contemporary elements.

That said, it's still very emotional to see aspects of myself represented in this way, and this is a well-written book with a lot to like
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Shenwei
the scifi thriller aspect was intense but i have to say it's refreshing read a bi girl book where there is both a guy LI and a girl LI they're both given development and the MC isn't framed as a slut or whatever for experiencing/expressing attraction to both ppl.
Nafiza
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
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Wendy Darling
Whoa. THERE HAD BETTER BE A SEQUEL.

Review to come.
Cyna
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I want to remind people before I write this review that my opinion here is subjective. With many dystopian books I dislike, there are clear complaints and issues to point out. This is a book that I think many will enjoy, and maybe one I would've enjoyed a year later. I read this first semester of 8th grade, right before I started questioning, and I vaguely remember having a strong reaction to the fact that two girls were kissing. So while my complaints stand, it's quite possible I disengaged fro ...more
Niamh
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.
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Kelly
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
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Nikki
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.

Sti
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Kaethe Douglas
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.

Plotwis
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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
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Tandie
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
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Hallie
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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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.
Ann Elise Monte
I quite enjoyed Malinda Lo's Ash when I read it last year, so I'm pretty pumped to be reading more of her stuff.

Details at a glance:

Series/Standalone: Series

Genre: YA Science Fiction

First published: 2012

Format: Paperback

Pairings: F/F, M/F, bisexual LOVE TRIANGLE

Sexual content: No sex, one almost-sex scene that is aborted

Rep: Bisexual MC, Chinese-American LI, queer LI, gay Black Jewish supporting character, lesbian supporting character

Ownvoices: Yes but not for MC identities (Chinese-American, qu
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TheBookSmugglers
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
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Emily
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, quick YA sci-fi read!

First off, this has some awesome bisexual representation. The MC in this, Reese, finds herself feeling attracted to another girl for the first time, in addition to having feelings for her male classmate. It's handled well, and it's lovely to see OTHER characters (including parents!) so immediately supportive and accepting of Reese.

The plot was a bit predictable, but it ticked along at a nice pace. It didn't feel terribly original, but I still had fun! I will
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Jenni Arndt
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Giselle
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
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Rachel Brown
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th ...more
Katherine
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sherwood Smith
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
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Elaine
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 get ...more
Lindsay
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
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