Adaptation by Malinda Lo

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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 is a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.

About Malinda Lo

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Malinda is the former managing editor of, and an award-winning journalist for her work in LGBT media. She studied X-Files fan communities when she was receiving her MA in Anthropology, which is where she got the inspiration for Adaptation. She now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash was her first novel, and received many accolades and was a finalist for the Lambda Award, Norton Award, and Morris Award among others.
Published September 18, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 402 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The tension is relentless until the teens make it safely back to San Francisco, at which point romantic entanglements (Reese falls for Amber, but maybe she likes David too) detract from the strange abilities Reese and David are developing and the conspiracies they begin to unravel (with lots of m...

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Inspirations and influences: A key film in the development of Italian Neo-Realist cinema (generally thought to have fully flowered with Rossellini's Rome Open City in 1945), Ossessione distils many of Neo-Realism's tropes: location photography, non-professional actors, a reverence for the worke...

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Publishers Weekly

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After birds begin to fall dead from the sky and cause planes to crash across North America, mayhem erupts, and rising high school senior Reese Holloway and her debate partner, David, are forced to drive from Phoenix to San Francisco after all aircraft are grounded.

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6:46 PM In South Hempstead accident cleared on The Southern St Pkwy WB between Grand Ave/Baldwin Rd/X20 and Peninsula Blvd/X19.

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Project MUSE

Twenty-seven days later, they wake up in a secret facility with no memory of anything that has occurred since the crash, and they are released home with the warning that details of the crash and medical treatment (including their strange new healing ability and the fading scars that suggest they ...

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WAPL Teens

With Julian intent on uncovering the government's role in the bird crashes, Reese, David and Amber are all drawn into a vast network of secrets and cover-ups that, once revealed, will change the world as they know it completely.

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Lambda Literary

If you had nightmares as a child, or still do as an adult, after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, then I recommend that you never pick up this novel.

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Youth Services Book Review

This book hooked me from the first chapter.

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Verve Girl

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later.

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