Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Adaptation CoverIt started with the birds. All over the country, birds dropping dead from the skies. And no one could say why. Or why some flocks flew right into airplanes, crashing them with all passengers

Reese and David were at an airport when it happened, on their way home from a school trip. With all flights grounded, their teacher rents a car for them to drive back to San Francisco. But when their teacher is shot by a would-be hitchhiker, David and Reese escape alone, trying desperately to make it home…until their car crashes on a remote highway in Nevada. When they wake, it’s clear that they were severely injured. What isn’t clear is the purpose of the highly classified government base they are on.

Reese and David just want to go home, to put the past behind them and get on with their lives.  But strange things keep happening to them. Reese’s scars are disappearing, and she is having strange dreams. When the government agents come for them, David and Reese are determined not to be kept in the dark anymore.

Adaptation is a clever science fiction story that will appeal to fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It and other post-disaster stories, as well as readers who enjoy a good conspiracy theory story. It is clearly intended to be the first in a series, as many things are left unresolved at the end.

Recommended for grades 9 and up – language, underage drinking and smoking, sexual references, making out but no on-screen sex

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at

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