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Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Adaptation, by Malinda Lo

Flocks of birds are hurling themselves at aeroplanes across America. Thousands of people die. Millions are stranded. Everyone knows the world will never be the same.
On Reese's long drive home, along a stretch of empty highway at night, 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.
For Reese, though, this is just the start. She can't remember anything from the time between her accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: she's different now. Torn between longtime crush David and new girl Amber, the real question is: who can she trust?

I like stories that are imaginative, yet don't require that I completely suspend reality to believe the story. Adaptation hits that on the mark. To believe in the science fiction aspect of this, I don't have to stretch too far. It works.

There was just too much written in that kept me wondering what this story was about. I was good to go when the story line was full of government conspiracy...and that thread does run through the whole story. But, the crazy "finding myself" and love triangle mess just bothered me. It didn't seem to have anything to do with the story itself. Seriously, was this a sci-fi/government conspiracy novel, or a lovesick/don't know what I want romance story? Reese spent too much time dwelling on the fact that she'd never wanted to date and now she was. 

The instant lesbian relationship (that quite literally came out of nowhere in the story) was too much. It felt like the author threw it in there more to push the envelope than to be a honest story element. Even if it had been a boy-girl relationship, it went so fast as to be creepy and detracted from what the story is advertised to be.

I think it could be a great story, but the romance arc killed it.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Hachettle Children's Books through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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