[Review] Adaptation, by Malinda Lo

[Review] Adaptation, by Malinda Lo

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Series: Adaptation #1
Published by Little Brown on April 2014 (first published 2012)
Genres: LGBT+, Science fiction, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
The verdict: three-stars
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After a debate competition, Reese, her debate team partner and long time crush David, and their teacher are waiting for their flight at the airport. That's when birds cause airplanes to crash and all flights are cancelled on suspicion of terrorist attacks. They are forced to drive back to San Francisco, when their car is hit by a bird and crashes. When they wake up in a military hospital after receiving classified treatment, they soon notice they are now different.

I’ll TRY to avoid/hide spoilers, but if you haven’t read the book yet, read with care 🙂

This book started out with a few really strong plot points. View Spoiler » I got some serious dystopian vibes (I love me some dystopia!). This was a small disappointment. When Reese and David are back home, the world seems only slightly unhinged. All soon goes back to more-or-less-normal. No serious dystopia. Aw. (But that’s just me.)

That does not take away from the fact I enjoyed the plot. There were a few good plot twists. And I simply can’t say no to aliens and conspiracy theories. The love triangle was good. Also, big plus: CLEVER PARENTS. This is what I miss in a lot of YA (especially sci-fi). Parents who, just because they’re adults, suddenly don’t believe in what’s in front of them, don’t take proper action, are just downright stupid. But not here. This made it all the more believable.

The reason I’m not giving this book a higher rating is partly because of the writing style, partly because there are a lot of unnecessary explanations. I seriously wanted to tear my hair out at some points, I felt like Lo underestimates her readers. The writing style is too simple. I’ve read books written for little children with more creative sentences. There are other ways to form sentences than ‘She *insert action*’ and ‘He *inserts action*’! Also, the whole ‘show, don’t tell’. The dialogues were strong, and that made the parts in between even more frustrating. I had the same problem with Lo’s Huntress, so I suppose it’s just her writing style. Thankfully in this case the plot made up for it (infinitely better than Huntress, which I thought was ‘alright’)!

LGBT MonthWould I recommend this book? Yes, I would. I know most people wouldn’t be bothered by her writing style (it wasn’t absolutely terrible, just bothered me personally). But the story was good and I can’t wait for the second volume (damn cliffhanger)!


  1. Despite the writing style not being your cup of tea, I’m glad you enjoyed it on the whole. And you should read Inheritance too because….things will happen and OMG I can’t believe someone finally went there and just WOW. 😉
    Haha yes, I thought this was going to be a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story too.
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