Saturday, 26 April 2014

Adaptation (Adaptation #1) by Malinda Lo

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)Blurb (From Goodreads):
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.

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.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Reece is shocked when several planes across the US are brought down by flocks of birds, and together with her friend and her debate team coach, decides to drive home instead of flying.
When the car they are in crashes, and Reece wakes up 27 days later, she finds herself having been given an experimental treatment, and is sworn to secrecy.
What was this secret treatment? Why were birds bringing planes down? And what is so secret that she has to sign a non-disclosure statement?

This was an okay story, but it dragged.

Reese was an okay character, but she did seem a bit hesitant about things, and seemed to be led by other people rather than making her own decisions.

The storyline in this was a little odd. We started out with a fairly interesting event, got a bit of action, then suddenly leapt 27 days into the future, by which time the original exciting event was all over! Bit of an odd one that. We then had a very slow mystery playing out, along with a lesbian love affair, and a spot of redecorating. The pace was slow, the interesting moments were few and far between, and I constantly felt like I was waiting for the story to move on.

The romance was a bit of a surprise, as I hadn’t initially realised that the main character was going to fall in love with another girl. I didn’t have a problem with that, but it was a bit of a surprise. I have to say that Reece’s mother was very laid back about it though, if my mum caught me kissing another girl I doubt she’d laugh it off!

The ending to this was okay, but it was very open. I am interested to see what becomes of the love triangle more than anything, but another 480 pages of this seems like a lot to go through just to find out!
Overall; okay story, but dragged a bit
6.15 out of 10

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