Book Review: Adaptation by: Malinda Lo

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: September 18, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: 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.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, 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.

Review: Let me start out by saying I really liked Ms. Lo’s fantasy novels, so I was excited to see her get into the science-fiction realm. ‘Adaptation’ starts out with a bang as possibly up to one hundred airplanes crash over all of North America. Reese, her debate partner and longtime crush, David, and their debate team coach are now stranded at the airport in Arizona. When they decide to drive back to San Francisco, things get crazy. Their coach is murdered in front of them and they end up in a car crash somewhere in Nevada. Waking up a month later in a military hospital, Reese and David are healed from their injuries and released back to their families. However, something has fundamentally changed within Reese and David and now they’re searching for answers…what are they and is the truth out there?

I enjoyed ‘Adaptation’ very much and I think readers are expecting all this scientific jargon, of which there is some, but Ms. Lo’s novels work so well because they are character driven. I felt for Reese’s struggle to figure out the strange dreams and experiences she’s having related to the aftermath of the car crash, as well as dealing with her intense feelings for a girl she just met, Amber. I was drawn to Reese’s character and her quest to find out the truth. While I would consider ‘Adaptation’ to be light science fiction, the characters bring the story to life and I’d be interested in seeing what happens next with Reese, David, and Amber. 

Other Books by this Author: Ash, Huntress


  1. Sounds like a creepy and intriguing story. I like conspiracies and thrillers so this seems like a good read for me. Thanks for sharing your review.

    1. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy 'Adaptation'.


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