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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. 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. Joint Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo. Posted on October 3, Title: Adaptation. Author: Malinda Lo. Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Young Adult.

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I’ll probably pick up the sequel and maybe the ebook spinoff as well, but I’m pretty frustrated by the ableism.

They signed a non-disclosure agreement and were sent home. Aug 22, Shenwei rated it it was amazing Shelves: The writing here and the narrative choices were big strengths. Just a malinea while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What initially drew me to this book, beside the science fiction element, is the odd and possibly not exactly malimda love triangle between Reese, David, and Amber.

Since the book has yet to be released, I will refrain from any spoilers and give a more broad opinion with the intention of exciting other people about the storyline.

ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo | Kirkus Reviews

This is what happened to David and Reese. Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. There’s something about people being taken aboard an alien ship in the middle of nowhere and being tested on then coming back changed. And still more worse. The character development lacks strength. Every piece was tied up, and most of the questions are answered in the last few chapters, so that was also a relief to read.


Reese, texting her BFF Julien, finds out that there are theories of a government cover-up of even more crashes than have been publicized, combined with a suspicious media blackout.

I like good science fiction but there are certain tropes in the genre that malinxa for me and this is adaptafion of them. Our protagonist, Reese, her classmate David, and their teacher, stranded states away from home because of a school trip, attempt to drive back to San Francisco, but are met with a series of terrible accidents that leave the teacher dead, and Reese and David horribly injured in a car crash.

Feb 19, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing.

It goes beyond a stereotypical Love Triangle of Doom by actually engaging with the possible scenario of falling in love and having a relationship with two people at the same time. You have to love a book full of bisexual, gay, and straight characters and everyone is cool about it. A what’s going on with those birds?! And when David and Reese are released from their hospital after a month of being in medical-induced comas to save their lives, all they know is that they are now different somehow … in a very freaky way.

Reese and David were stranded in Arizona due to FAA’s grounding of all flights in and out of the country. Too bad because I actually might have read it had the plot held strong.


Reese just finds stuff when the story requires it. David is interested, but only confesses this after Reese has broken it off with Amber. Aug 30, Joy joyous reads rated it liked it. This was a fun, quick YA sci-fi read! Lists with This Book. 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.

Lo manages a diverse cast Asian-American smart stud; gay conspiracy nut; debate nerd without ever falling into stereotypes, but unfortunately, the same is not always true of the plot.


Adaptation is unique, an engrossing tale of a girl lost after a near fatal accident and her life afterwards, avaptation life that seems to involve government secrets and being watched constantly. Moving on to the actual narrative, the premise that is unsurprisingly overshadowed by the romance, malida are interesting though the entire secret that the book is built on is not really as surprising as I was hoping it would be.

Several airplane accidents caused by birds have grounded all flights out of the country. There’s too little action for a scifi thriller. I instantly devoured it, and as soon as Reese got home, the pacing stalled. Does this malinfa have a lot of romance?

Apr 20, Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves: The car flips over.

View all 11 comments. There was barely any character development for any of adaltation protagonists. When their rental finally made it out of Arizona, chaos, looting, killings have started.

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1) by Malinda Lo

Adaptation is one of those rare, unique birds in YA: Reese, David and her coach grab the last rent YA sci-fi thriller. There was some worrying from me that we were loo to have a new angle on the dreaded love triangle but it really did work itself out in the end and didn’t feel like a triangle at all.

We also get a adaptahion of self discovery in this novel as Reese goes through some emotional changes and wonders about her sexuality.