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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 ›
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.
I never quite got into Malinda Lo's first two books, even though I'd been especially excited by ASH, since I love fairytale retellings. I found her style a bit stiff and cold. They were good enough, but nothing I was over the moon about. ADAPTATION, on the other hand, sucked me in and forced me to go to the library and borrow a copy of INHERITANCE so that I could read it immediately.
ADAPTATION is a science fiction novel with some thriller and romance elements. Like many other science fiction novels, it is preoccupied with what makes us human. Unlike many science fiction novels, Reese is also questioning her identity because she falls for a girl. (Although Reese dates both David and Amber in the book, there is no cheating. One relationship clearly ends before another begins.) It's a lovely mishmash between the philosophy of reality and of the imagination. But it's not ponderous - there's lots of crazy, creepy stuff happening, including stalking by men in black.
A highlight for me, in both books, were Reese and David's family and friends. Something strange has happened to them, but they have a loving, fierce support group backing them up. Reese's mom might be one of my favorite parents in YA fiction. Lo does a great job of showing that competent adults don't have to ruin the plot of a teen-oriented book.
If you're into science fiction, I highly recommend ADAPTATION and INHERITANCE. I would say more about specific sci-fi elements that might entice you, but I'm afraid to give anything away. Lo doesn't employ the most shocking twists, but it's still a fun journey. (Side note: I thoroughly enjoyed how the love triangle resolved in INHERITANCE.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to admit that I enjoyed the book from the very beginning all the way up to the fateful car crash that sets up the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lovetocry
I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about this book, so I broke it down to what I loved and what I didn't like. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Megington
I love Malinda Lo! So captivating and good, I bought the sequel immediately upon finishing the first. Thank you, Malinda, for your excellent LGBT novels. I've read them all.Published 5 months ago by Allyson Leckie
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 9 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 9 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 10 months ago by Jocelyn M. Calvillo
In this book, you have a 9/11 type situation with bizarrely behaving birds taking down multiple airplanes in rapid succession. Read morePublished 11 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 12 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 12 months ago by katharina