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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ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo | Kirkus Reviews

Reese and David were stranded in Arizona due to FAA’s grounding of all flights in and out of the country. And I was surprised how the reason for the plane crash is added in almost as an afterthought. This was an extremely quick read for me!

Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. I think I mailnda pass on this one as sci-fi just isn’t my thing. Can she be attracted to more than one person? I love that Reese is bisexual, that she feels attraction to both David and to Amber.

On the plus side, the emotional relationships do get a chance to build, so they come off really well. 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 with that. View all 14 comments. In the few that I’ve seen, they are often pushed in the periphery or implied rather than blatant so this was quite refreshing ll read about. Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens.

Adaptation is built from familiar tropes, though ones currently extremely rare in YA, but is executed beautifully. Reese has no idea if she’s interested in David even after he rejects and hurts her or if she’s interested in Amber who makes the first move and shows the first adapation interest in her. There wasn’t a shortage of suspense as David and Reese sought out answers.

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

Open Preview See a Problem? If you have ko the synopsis for this novel, you will understand exactly why it is so intriguing. This is the first Malinda Lo novel I have read, but I am excited to read the others. Chapman’s flight back to San Francisco got grounded.


Book Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Reese’s best friend, Julian, also discusses his intersecting identities, about not being Black enough for some and not Jewish enough for others, and how being gay also exacerbates the issue. The pacing of this book is really terrible. Military convoys and panicked refugees clog the highways. Lo wrote in third person limited which made the inclusion of news items Reese was reading a clever way to insert the the extra information needed instead of switching to omniscience.

When people who are supposed to be working for your good turn around and decide you are expendable, now that is real terror and Lo is uncannily adept at narrating the fear, the terror associated with these instances.

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There’s still some stuff with all that to be resolved in the next book, obviously. The introduction of this character is so abrupt, it stops the momentum of the story and shifts gear. There were tidbits of information thrown into sentences that the reader obviously knows, yet Malinda felt the need to reiterate it for some odd reason. Teenagers have so much shoved onto their plates during their high school years.

A love triangle where a girl is attracted to adwptation drawn to a guy and a girl. Reese and David manage to rent a car and try to drive adaptatkon and on the amlinda they get into an accident caused by you guessed it, birds. On the one hand, I love the idea of the book familiar that it isas it kinda reminds me not so much of The X-Files but of Roswell. We all know what happens when you find yourself in a secret government anything. The climax was anti-climactic.


And it all ties back perfectly with the sci fi trope, too. I’ll probably pick up the sequel and maybe the ebook spinoff as well, but I’m pretty frustrated by the ableism.

Lots of people have spoken about the whole “evil birds” malindq being a huge draw for them, but it’s not really at the core of the story. More specifically, this is a story about sexuality, about questioning the lines of what is and isn’t right to feel and experience. Thank you Malinda Lo! She only knows one thing: 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.

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I saw what was coming from a mile away, hoped it wouldn’t happen, and then it did. We didn’t really find out too much about their past or their feelings so there wasn’t enough for me to latch on to and make me actually care about them. On their second or third meeting they are kissing. It can be hard to admit that a book I really liked and that really impacted me emotionally is flawed.

The stranger her life becomes, the more Reese is tempted to believe his wildest wild aadptation. As a SF native and current resident it was really fun to read. Birds have caused four planes all over the country to crash for some mysterious reason.

It’s what kept me reading, sustaining the interest well into a point that made DNFing moot. Reese is confused around David because she’s also attracted to him. Totally robbing the book as a whole.

Some parents might object. I instantly devoured it, and as soon as Reese got home, the pacing stalled. I’ll probably give it a try because I can’t possibly pass up an alien conspiracy or an lgbtq teen book, but in general Malinda Lo’s characters feel completely flat and emotionless to me.

With many dystopian books I dislike, there are clear complaints and issues to point out.