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. The story of Adaptation () and Inheritance (), Malinda Lo’s excellent Young Adult science fiction duology from Little, Brown Books for.

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No sex, one almost-sex scene that is aborted Rep: Thank you Malinda Lo!

Soon, it becomes clear that something disastrous has happened all across the continent. Reese has been nursing a long-time crush for her debate partner David, though Reese also has told herself she has no interest in getting physical with anyone at this point in her life. The way this was resolved felt dated and unworthy of addaptation creativity in the possibilities implied by the early chapters.

Thousands of people die. Are we looking at a Matrix scenario here?

While the world is changing around Reese, while she feels that something might be different with her own body, she’s also exploring her own sexuality, at odds with the crush she’s had on David and the new and compelling Amber Gray. While she’s attracted to David, she’s also attracted to Amber, and she’s struggling to determine who she adaptatiom to be with.

Book Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

View all 14 comments. Curfews are enforced and there were teams collecting dead birds every now and then. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It’s not simply set up but it’s a set up too! Sep 06, Nafiza rated it liked it Shelves: Very cold, bordering-on-solid molasses.


People are keeping tabs on them and it’s difficult to tell the bad guys adaptafion the good guys. Reece seems more affected by their ordeal than David, she had headaches and a strange ability to feel the emotions of others. Not the case here! And then things get worse.

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.

There were a total of 9 plane crashes because of these birds and a flight ban was raised. There’s something about books that take place in the present day where something impossible happens and everything changes that draws me in, that makes me think there’s something else out there waiting to be discovered. It is very readable and Lo shows with eerie precision how helpless ordinary citizens can be when the enemy is the government.

I also loved how the novel ended in a way that was surprisingly serene. Thanks for the review! I am curious to see how this storyline progresses in the sequel and for the record: It had a very sterile feel to it.

Clearly Lo knows the city!

I see so many people praising this one for character work, and I didn’t feel that upon reading it. She happens on to or gets dragged along to or kidnapped off to places where plot-relevant things are happening, and I think that this lack of an overarcing goal or mission for Reese has a lot to do with why the story feels so disjointed. Both Ash malinea Huntress were Daaptation stories in a secondary world setting, featuring lyrical writing and a coming of age motif at their centre.



Do you guys remember those birds that fell from the sky a couple of years ago? Before we get into spoilers though, we need to talk about dat writing. Reese is an interesting character, rather capable, and her voice was revealed so wonderfully in the third person limited point of view.

On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch o i have got to learn to read the entire dust jacket in the future 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 flips over. Not obviously different, but just a little, just enough for a few eyebrows to lift in curiosity.

Reese falls for the Sexy Stranger who obviously is part of a plot, whose involvement with Reese is obviously manufactured — of course, Amber starts feeling something for her mark, too, which is yet another cliche.

The sequel will be out next year. This felt a little scattered, the details discordant and unemotional.