14 June 2014

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Series: Adaptation #1
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA Sci-fi
Format: egalley
Source: I recieved a copy from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Pages: 400

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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 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.

I have to admit that I pressed the "read now" button on netgalley by mistake - but I'm glad I did. I was interested in this book for multiple reasons; the main reason was probably the cover and when I found out that this was a science fiction novel I couldn't help myself and I started reading it almost immediately.

The summary doesn't really tell you that much about what you can expect - and I'm not going to spoil anything because I went into this book without knowing anything and I quite like that.

It took me a while to get into it, I read the first couple of pages a couple of times before I really got into it - the first couple of pages are pretty weird. But when you really start reading it and are about 10% in that's when you really start enjoying it - I think. This book is also pretty fast paced - I kept wanting to read on and find out what happens next and I read this in 2 days - which isn't that bad.

Let's talk about Amber Gray - the new friend Reese makes when she returns home - I liked her. She is so quirky and how can you not like a girl with pink hair who doesn't care about other people's thoughts, oh and by the way, Amber is a lesbian (a detail I love). So Amber and Reese become friends and SPOILERthey become lovers!SPOILER. I loved their relationship, Amber drives Reese crazy and out to the edge - she changes her in a positive way and I just enjoyed those two together.

I love how there is "different" relationships and not just boy-girl - there's actually a gay guy called Julian (who's Reese's best friend), Amber who's a lesbian and Reese who's a bisexual. Even though we live in 2014 there aren't that many books with "these kinds" of relationships - at least not in the popular and hyped up books. Even when it's side characters that are homosexual I seem to enjoy the book a bit more, I like when there's "different" relationships instead of just family, friends and boyfriend and girlfriend.

I gave this book a 4 heart rating - the last heart was probably because of the LGBT edge (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual).

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