Thursday, October 4, 2012
"Adaptation" by Malinda Lo
Publisher: Little Brown
From Goodreads: "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."
If someone were to ask me what one word came to mind when I thought about this book it would be romance- but not romance in your typical sense. You think that the romance is going in one direction and BAM! with the introduction of a new character it goes in a completely different way. Which while entirely unexpected is not wholly unappreciated- I personally love that the romance in this book went in the direction that it did, I think that we need to see more of that in YA (personally I can only think of one book where the main character is questioning their sexuality/ dealing with LGBT issues, "Hushed" by Kelley York, it seems that in YA the LGBT characters are always off to the side, either a secondary character or a sidekick mentioned in passing, not unlike Alec in Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series or Lola's dads in "Lola and the Boy Next Door").
That being said, while I have been described as a 'kissing book' person, a person who LOVES romance in a book, I did find myself growing tired with it in this. Reese and Amber were near constantly making out in the first half of the book- all I could help but wonder while reading this parts was, "Can't you guys, I don't know, maybe do something else- like talk?" But it was somewhat forgivable as this was such a new experience to Reese, not only in realizing her attraction to a girl, but dating all together- plus it helped that the two of them were just so gosh darn cute and happy together. Furthermore, the love triangle that ensues between Reese, Amber, and David was also quite forgivable because, as mentioned, Reese is at a fork in the road, so to speak- go for the guy she has had a crush on for as long as she can remember or go for the girl who makes her feel alive?
While I did really enjoy Reese, Amber, and David as characters I think that I actually liked Julian, Reese's best friend, and Reese's mother more. Julian was so much more than just the stereotypical best friend- he really helped to propel the storyline along. While Reese's mother was perchance the best mother figure I have ever had the pleasure of reading of before- she was just so gosh darn open-minded when it came to Reese and didn't judge her in the slightest when it came to her relationship with Amber (I loved when she walked in on Reese and Amber making out and basically shrugged and said something along the lines of, "Who am I to judge? It'd be odd if I hadn't ever experimented with the same sex, living in San Francisco and all).
All in all, while this was my first Malinda Lo book it will certainly not be my last (not only will I be reading the sequel to this, but I will also be checking out "Ash" and "Huntress"). I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who are iffy on sci-fi because this book is the epitome of a 'sci-fi for those who don't like sci-fi' (a la what Beth Revis said pertaining to her "Across the Universe").
I received this book from the publisher to read and review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.