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Adaptation Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Well, I wouldn't say that I was disappointed. I did really enjoy Adaptation. I just didn't completely fall in love with it. The story was mind-boggling, intense, and extremely fast-paced through most of the book. While government conspiracy and men-in-black are usually two things that leave me bored, this was so well written that even these subjects kept me glued to the page.
Reese was really likeable and fun character to read. She was smart and head-strong, but still unsure in some aspects of her life. She's terrified of relationships because of her parents' divorce, so after a few years of warring with herself over feelings for her debate partner, David, she is knocked sideways (quite literally at first!) by her sudden intense feelings for Amber. Their relationship was a whirlwind to read. Very intriguing to see Reese grapple with this first experience and try to figure out what is happening inside her from the treatment she received in the military hospital. Amber is open and uninhibited and fun and Reese just kind of gets swept up. Still, the main theme of the story, being the mystery and conspiracy of what was happening with the birds and the military secrets kind of got thrown by the wayside while Reese went through all this. It almost started to feel like two different stories, a bit disjointed. We do get back to it, though and the secrets and lies and excitement start again.Read more ›
What made this story for me is how the plot was unraveled. From the mysterious way the birds are behaving to the crash and the changes overcoming Reese and David and their subsequent reactions to these developments, the secret behind Project Plato drives the plot, keeping my eyes glued to the pages from start to finish. The detailed references to many government projects lends credibility to the story. I'm not big into conspiracist theories, so I don't know how relevant many of these are to today's world. As this book takes place either in an alternate reality of our world or in the future (with a female president), it doesn't need to be entirely relevant to the present. What matters is that all these acronyms and secret projects heighten the suspense and tension. If it did try to do more than that, I'd probably run away. I'm not good with these kinds of technical terms!
This is one book where I found it hard to sort out my feelings about the characters. I like Reese.Read more ›
What I didn't expect when I read Adaptation was the "sub-plot" involving Reese and a burgeoning relationship with Amber. Maybe I'm getting off point in regards to the intention of the story, but I found myself focused and really invested in this relationship. Reese always considered herself, without direct thought, as heterosexual, and has feelings for her friend David. But when she meets and is attracted to Amber, Reese must acknowledge that her sexuality isn't as concrete as she thought. Through her characters, Lo gives some great insights in regards to sexuality.
Adaptation wasn't heavy with the science fiction element, but I did like where it went once that part started rolling. I can't say I was totally surprised by the revelations as to what happened to David and Reese, but I did enjoy it and the plot made sense.
Adaptation didn't blow me away, but I truly enjoyed it. For much of the story, I simply didn't want to put it down. I did feel as if the middle portion of the story did drag a bit as I was anxious for the characters to find out what was happening to them and get on with it. As for the ending? I liked it, but come on. The last paragraph felt as if it cut off mid scene. It's not that there was an epic cliffhanger. It felt incomplete. Having said that, I will definitely read book two.
If you enjoy young adult science fiction, light on the science fiction, Adaptation may be the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was interesting and I enjoyed the characters. I look forward to the next book and finding out what happens. Very interesting look into government conspiracy and aliens.Published 3 months ago by Dawn
Adaptation by Malinda Lo is a seamless combination of sci-fi and romance, with a realistic and diverse cast of characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Russo
Reese and longtime crush and debate partner, David, have just lost the nationals at the debate tournament in Arizona when flocks of birds attack airplanes and kill hundreds... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jocelyn M. Calvillo
The story was alright, but I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed. At almost 400 pages, the plot really dragged and while there was plenty of romance, there just weren’t... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TheDreadfulK
In this book, you have a 9/11 type situation with bizarrely behaving birds taking down multiple airplanes in rapid succession. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David's Wife
Malinda Lo is my favorite author and I highly recommend all of her books. Not only is the story fun to read and re-read (and I don't re-read many books), but the diversity in this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Silver
I liked this story a lot, despite the characters still being in school. I liked the writing, diversity and worldbuilding.Published 6 months ago by katharina
i liked the world. details of the plot and story could have been better fleshed out. didn't get too into the characters or the romance aspect.Published 7 months ago by op_tic_nerve
What a great read! Loved seeing a YA novel explore sexuality other than hetero in the main character AND others, in a way that is believable AND relevant to the story being told. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tehani Wessely