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Adaptation Hardcover – 18 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316197963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316197960
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Adaptation:
"Absolutely compelling...the reader is tugged along, just as confused and naively hopeful as Reese herself. A sharp twist at the climax makes everything that happened before an even more satisfying puzzle to unravel."-- "Horn Book"

Praise for "Adaptation"
"Absolutely compelling...the reader is tugged along, just as confused and naively hopeful as Reese herself. A sharp twist at the climax makes everything that happened before an even more satisfying puzzle to unravel."-- "Horn Book"

Praise for "Adaptation"
A CBC Best Children's Books of 2013 selectionA 2013 Top Ten Rainbow Project Book
"Absolutely compelling...the reader is tugged along, just as confused and naively hopeful as Reese herself. A sharp twist at the climax makes everything that happened before an even more satisfying puzzle to unravel." ""Horn Book"""

"Suspenseful, girl-powered, contemporary science fiction full of realistically diverse characters making realistic contemporary use of technology- plus hot kissing-make this book hard to resist." ""VOYA"""

"["Adaptation"] would do the X-Files proud..."

""Booklist"""

.".Slot this on the shelf between Cory Doctorow's" Little Brother" and "The X-Files."" ""Kirkus"""

"Lo invokes a paranoid X-Files sensibility here, layering conspiracy atop conspiracy and balancing ambitious twists with nuanced relationships that are ultimately as important to the sci-fi plotting as they are to the character development." "BCCB""

"["Adaptation"] would do the X-Files proud..."
""Booklist"""

.."Slot this on the shelf between Cory Doctorow's" Little Brother" and "The X-Files."" ""Kirkus"""

Book Description

A fast-paced, romantic thriller with a twist, from the acclaimed author of ASH. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't a dystopian fiction in the sense where the world is destroyed and a few survivors are trying to pull together, nor is it the type like the hunger games with a brutal reinvention of society. No, that makes this book truly terrifying is the realism of modern day civilisation and that twist that we're all so familiar with from tv shows like 'The X-Files'.

I'm a huge X-files fan so this was right up my ally. I love conspiracy stories and I also love a bit of LGBT romance (which this has, so yeh!)
Reese is a brilliant main character and yet she's not without flaws, on one had she's steady and quite bottled up but when her emotions slip they're incredibly overwhelming and you can almost feel them while reading it.

The only fault I can pick, and it might be because I read too much and think too deep, is that I saw one of the twists coming well before it happened. Like I said though, I'm a huge fan of conspiracy stuff so I tend to look for the most weird or bizarre twist before a common sense one, whereas other people like to be surprised. Even so, it deserves it's full 5 star rating.

I love Malinda's books and she has a way of writing that captures the readers interest and doesn't let go. For a 400 page novel, this by no means felt like it. The ending ends on a bit of a hanger. Not in the typical cliff hanger sense because it does have sort of closure, but I would love to know what happens to David and Reese and even Amber, after the close of adaptation.

Overall, Adaptation has more than one meaning in this book. To me it symbolises, adapting to change, adapting to one's own sexual identity and ultimately adapting to whatever the hell life decides to throw in your way. And adapt Reese does. Well played Malinda Lo!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Adaptation is one of the many books I requested of Netgalley just before I took a year out, obviously I didn't get to read or review them so I'm trying to catch up and if you were to ask me why I requested it in the first place, honestly I couldn't tell you. My answer would probably just be that I was being accepted left right and center for things and it's something I took advantage of. Anyway like I said, I couldn't remember why I requested it, and when I reread the summary I wasn't sure about it, but in the end it was a book that surprised me.

The book is centered around two characters, Reese and David. They are on the debate team and on their way home from a competition when strange things start happening. Big flocks of birds are hurling themselves into places causing numerous crashes and deaths across the country leaving a flight ban, and people without a way to get home. After a while of sitting in the airport, Resse, David and their teacher decide to make their own way home. Chaos is everywhere, and after a horrible tragedy they kids set of by thyself, only to find them in a spot of trouble themselves. Cue them waking up in military hospital they undergo treatment to keep them alive.

As I haven't read any more of Malinda Lo's work I have nothing to compare this book too, as it's not similar to anyting I've read before. Though as much as I enjoyed this easy read, it unfortunately wasn't without it's faults.

The character development at time's wasn't there for me, I felt we knew a lot about who they were after the accident but not enough about who they were before. I liked the characters, not Reese so much but I love David, and could totally see why she had a crush on him only...
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great read. It starts off as a typical apocalypse road trip novel, in the style of THE STAND, STATION ELEVEN, THE PASSAGE and others, but then a quarter of the way through everything changes and it gets crazy in the best way.

Reese and her debate partner slash UST-filled crush David crash the car, and wake up a month later in a mysterious government facility in the middle of the desert. Their injuries miraculously heal, and they are flown home with a non-disclosure agreement that threatens them with literal death if they talk about what happened.

That's when things start getting interesting. Reese meets a girl and discovers that she's not entirely as straight as she thought, and David thinks he's being followed, and Reese's friend Julian (a gay black conspiracy theorist, and therefore my favourite) teams up with them to try and work out wtf is going on. The answer is incredible brilliant; Lo completely went for it with the science fiction here.

It's a pacy and well written thriller, and while the prose can be a little simplistic at times, that's understandable for a YA.

The bisexual romance is dealt with extremely well, with considerate details included that all LGBT and questioning teenagers will find really helpful. My favourite scene was when Reese's mum asked her if she was using protection with her girlfriend (!), to which Reese replied "protection? it's not like she can get me pregnant?!" Excellent. Lo is clearly aware that she is writing for a young audience, and has thought a lot about the responsibility that comes along with that.

And I'm dying to read the sequel (yes! there's a sequel!) because I need to find out how this female-female/ female-male love triangle ends.

I've previously read and reviewed ASH by Malinda Lo, but I much preferred this book. It's a lot pacier, and I liked the characters a lot more - both Amber and David are the greatest love interests ever.
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