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Adaptation

Lo, Malinda

(eBook - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Adaptation
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the middle of the Nevada 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, 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 is a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.


Baker & Taylor
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend,Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.

Hachette Book Group
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.

Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the middle of the Nevada 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, 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 is a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.


Publisher: [S.l.] : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
ISBN: 9780316214469
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Company
3M Cloud Library

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Apr 11, 2014
  • osnapitst rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really good. It was a fast read, and was really surprised by that because I read it in about 3 to 4 hours. It looked really long and big, but once I read the first few words I was grabbed and I couldn't put it down.

"In the chaos following a series of plane crashes caused by flocks of kamikaze birds, 17-year-old Reese and her debate team partner, David, are in a serious car accident and receive medical treatment at a military hospital in Arizona. No one will tell them the details of what happened or how they've been healed... but after they get back home to San Francisco, both of them suspect that they've undergone something more than standard medical procedures. With bizarre happenings, clandestine government agents, X-Files-esque intrigue, and even a bit of romance, Adaptation will fascinate conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=684197

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Like most (if not all) thrillers, this novel relies on a constant atmosphere of tension. Constant as in, from the very beginning. It'll take some suspension of belief to get through the first few chapters, since we're thrown right into the weirdness, followed by a stint in a hospital with characters occasionally dropping a CSI-esque line (a plane's windows are blacked out because "'The location of this facility is classified,' Agent Forrestal said." p. 76). Character development is difficult when the protagonist is consistently panicking or worrying, but surprisingly, Reese doesn't come off as too flat, probably through the few flashbacks of her and Julian. However, the latter doesn't quite make it past 2D, especially when his main function seems to be to feed the conspiracy theories. Having him commiserate with Reese's situation creates only temporary depth. The LGBTQ love triangle with Reese, Amber and David is tolerable for the fact that all three are involved in the main plot of uncovering the truth. In addition, Reese's feelings regarding both are never truly compared in a "should I go with him or her?" way; she only switches from one to the other when the original proves false. The plot itself moves in jerks and fits, with a random kidnapping rather obtusely signaling the beginning of the climax, and not enough information is discovered to explain the organizations of Plato or Project Blue Base. Instead, Adaptation relies on the shock value of the extraterrestial possibility and the government conspiracy to propel itself. That being said, this book is very readable. With unobtrusive writing and a strong premise, readers will most likely overlook the fact that the original source of fear, the plane crashes involving birds, seems rather incidental and instead focus on the sci-fi potential in Adaptation and its sure-to-come sequels.

"In the chaos following a series of plane crashes caused by flocks of kamikaze birds, 17-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, are in a serious car accident and receive medical treatment at a military hospital in Arizona. No one will tell them the details of what happened or how they've been healed... but after they get back home to San Francisco, both of them suspect that they've undergone something more than standard medical procedures. With bizarre happenings, clandestine government agents, X-Files-esque intrigue, and even a bit of romance, this adventure will captivate conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike." Teen Scene December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=576688

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“Kissing Amber was like falling into the sea: Her body surrendered to the pull of the tide, buoyed by the saltwater, every breath tasting like the ocean. Reese lost all sense of where the surface was. All there was, was this. Amber’s lips, her tongue, her hands stroking back Reese’s hair, curling around her head and holding her steady. If their first kiss had been a bit awkward, that was gone now.”

“People are always going to think something about you that isn't real. It doesn't matter what they think.”

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