Friday, October 5, 2012
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1) by Malinda Lo
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Adaptation wasn’t about what I thought it was going to be. I look at that cover and think dark, moody, and maybe even haunting. This is not that. Mostly, it’s half about a girl figuring out who she is; the other half was all X-Files. I enjoyed it even with some things going unasked seeming to be givens, becoming another one of those ‘just is’ things. Overall, it’s an entertaining read with one aspect in mind, but also with a touch of real on another front.
That touch of real has to do with her personal conflict. It’s is a big part of what had me reading closer. She’s so stuck on being a certain way, that when choices open up to her she’s surprised but also unsure. She’s so frank about not knowing and being unsure, but it’s an aspect made easier because the rest of them are there for her. That extra bit, of her friend and her mother being there was a lovely bonus. Except, the story doesn’t start with her personal conflict, at first it’s all ominous and scary and with everyone in the dark. Things getting slightly more terrifying with each development and then… nothing. The suddenness of events effectively put me in the dark with the her that I simply had to know where things were going. All the while, I was thinking this would make an excellent movie.
That said I enjoyed the first two thirds more than last part because things got a little out there… because there’s a jolting gap between where things were at first to where things went. Picture this, at first, it’s all serious and filled with “possible” (maybe plausible?) dangers, interspersed with a little more of girl in love/confused/angry, then eventually there are conspiracy theories as well as men in black! But as a lover of all things Fox Mulder, I got dragged along nonetheless.
I’m very curious about what’s to follow.
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