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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. I loved Amber's character, but I have to admit I saw her part in the story coming a mile away. David, the other main player in this story, felt just a bit flat. I didn't feel a lot of connection between him and Reese, so when things were meant to be heating up between them, it felt a bit forced to me. The main storyline goes along in a somewhat predictable fashion, but it's still great fun watching it all unfold.
Adaptaion is a really interesting and entertaining story. Though I felt a few problems here and there and definitely wasn't blown out of my seat like with Lo's two previous stories, I appreciate the fact that she really went a complete 180 with her storytelling style and gave us something new. The ending left me excited to know what happens next, so I'll definitely be anticipating the next in the series when it comes out.
The first part of the book is heavy with sci-fi and hints of government conspiracy. I was excited to see what would happen, until 50 pages in we are told that Reese was in a medically induced coma for what would have been the most interesting stuff. Like the book jacket describes, Reese and David are then returned home without being told anything and not knowing what exactly happened to them. After that the book just moves so slowly, broken up only by Reese’s newly discovered sexuality and infatuation with new-girl Amber and the occasional “weird” thing happening to her and David. It’s only toward the very end of the book that we get a little more action and some answered questions about what really happened to Reese and David in that military hospital.
Tbh, I think it was the concentration on the romance that bogged down the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing a bisexual romance in a YA series and since Reese’s sexuality is newly discovered, I think we not only got a pretty accurate representation of the confusion this can cause in a person but also the excitement of a new, unexpected whirlwind romance. I just think the sci-fi elements got pushed to the back burner and so the plot suffered for it. At times, it didn’t even feel like I was reading the same story that was started at the beginning of the book.
I wanted to read this because I love The X-Files and I knew there were going to be LGBT romance. But I got more romance and less aliens so yeah, I was disappointed. If I get a chance, I’ll try reading the sequel in the hopes of more sci-fi.
The beginning was pretty awesome. It set up for what could have been an insane story. There was action (albeit some felt a bit unnecessary), there was mystery, and potentially a conspiracy. It was pretty cool! And then things went downhill from there.
The middle was okay. We started to get more (and less) information about what had happened. I feel like there could have been more questions asked and less time on the romance. It was fairly cool to see the unconventional romance happen though. It certainly added a level of diversity which was nice.
The end sucked. You don't really get any answers. It felt like things just got thrown together to create a cliffhanger. It was pretty blah.
The characters were also kind of blah. I don't really recall anything that stood out about them. David certainly was lacking in a personality. I never really understood what Reese saw in him at first. Some of the other characters were a bit predictable as well. I don't know, this was just eh for me.