Posted in Young Adult Lit

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo
2012 Little, Brown and Company
ISBN – 9780316197960
Genre – Science Fiction
Age – High School
3 Stars


Reese and David are on their way home after a disappointing debate team national competition. When waiting for their flight at the airport, planes all across North America begin to crash with reports of birds flying into the engines. All flights are cancelled, and they decide to rent a car to get home. On their drive home they get into a horrible car accident. They wake up 27 days later in a medical facility in the middle of the desert in Nevada. The doctors tell them they are in a secret location, they must never tell anyone about their experience, and they have to sign a nondisclosure accident. When they are finally sent home things are different. They both feel different, they feel like they make be being followed, and the government is continuing to hide information from American citizens. Will they ever figure out what happened during the 27 days they were unconscious and what the government continues to hide?

I didn’t love this book. It took, so many odd turns, but not in the way that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I was just left with a baffled look on my face. Reese, the main character made me want to bang my head against the wall on several occasions. She was just so very wishy washy. I suppose many teens are that way, but she was just so stubborn on top of her wishy washy attitude. I felt like this started off as a promising apocalyptic novel, and then quickly turned into a bizarre conspiracy theory based story. On a bright note, it was suspenseful in a way. I did want to find out what happened in the end. I just wish that it would have stayed on the same path I thought it was heading down in the beginning. It is hard to say too much more without giving away big parts of the book, but I probably won’t be completing the series.

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