Adaption: Book One
Written by Malinda Lo
Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Published September 18th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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.Reese and David are at nationals for debate, far from their humble abode in San Francisco. The day after their competition in Arizona, is the day that all things go to hell. Planes all across North America are being brought down by mass flocks of birds. Hours before Reese and David are to board their own flight, the President bans all airplanes from taking off. Conspiracies of terrorists and government involvement spreads like wildfire, causing riots to bloom across the States. Now the two, alongside their debate coach, are stranded in Arizona. Before complete hysteria hits, the three grab a rental car to drive back home to San Francisco.
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.
However, things do not go as planned. On the way they are in an accident which causes serious injury. A military team brings them to a base called Plato. Reese and David don't wake from their coma for twenty-seven days. When they wake, they begin to realize that a lot more went on during their coma than they are led to believe. Stranger occurrences begin to happen once the duo returns back home to San Francisco. Both David and Reece must discover what the doctors at Plato did to them, while also combating other issues such as self discovery, friendship and romance.
Adaptation began really strong. I was completely drawn into the story when I first picked it up. When the birds began to take down the planes - I was hooked. And then, as the story progressed into Reese and David attempting to get to the bottom of their month long coma, I was also invested in the story. It was raw, it was disturbing and I quite honestly am a sucker for conspiracy theories. I've always been fascinated about the possibility of something more. I have no doubt in my mind that all governments have their dirty little secrets. That they do things we all may never know about. So this aspect held onto my attention for awhile - until our MC's got back to San Francisco.
When Reece get's back home she runs into a girl named Amber. From there, the two begin to form a relationship of some kind. This leads Reece down a path of self discovery. I really enjoyed the fact that for once a YA dystopian(ish) book doesn't rely on having that hunky, hot kickass male alongside our female. Don't get me wrong, I'm always lining up to discover more book boyfriends but in this case it just would not have worked I don't think. That being said, the middle of the book was a HUGE drag to me. I was so lulled while reading that I even contemplated continuing.
Another frustrating thing is that I was hoping that the world/setting would have been in more disarray. But the only thing really noticeable was the culling of Canadian geese and having a curfew set at 9PM. I was expecting the end of the world and big booms and explosions. Although, there were moments of excitement near the end, but that was brief and rushed. Overall it was a disappointment.
Adaption had a strong and compelling plot. I kept on with the book for the sole factor that I needed to know what was going on with Reece and David - what the doctors at the military base had done to them when they were injured. I also wanted to see what the government was hiding, and what caused the plane crashes all over North America. While the plot was interesting enough, I wouldn't really say it was worth the 386 pages. It wasn't an entire waste of time, but I also could have lived without it. That being said, some may think differently. I'm still on the fence about reading book two, I doubt I will as it has nearly 500 pages and I wasn't impressed with the first book.
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