Saturday, December 14, 2013

Week 50 Reviews: Adaptation, Natural Selection, Inheritance

From Goodreads:
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.

From Goodreads:
I was born on Earth, not Kurra. I'm not human,even though I try to be. My people, the Imria, think I'm a little unusual because of that. They call me an Earthsider: as if I've crossed a line, chosen a side. Gone native. 

Before she met her girlfriend Reese, before she knew the role she would play in the fate of two worlds, Amber was a fifteen-year-old Imrian torn between two identities. Imrian by blood, Amber was forced to hide her true self to pass as human during the time she spent on earth. And even when she returns to Kurra, her human experiences, including first love and heartache, still separate her from her fellow Imrians. But when Amber undergoes kibila, a traditional Imrian coming-of-age ceremony during which Amber will choose her name and identity for the next fifteen years, she will be forced to either accept her role in both worlds or forge her own path.

Malinda Lo's digital exclusive novella companion to Adaptation and Inheritance takes readers on a journey through Amber's past, giving fans a glimpse into her life on Kurra and a deeper understanding of one of Adaptation's most compelling characters.

From Goodreads: 

The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn't seem like such a good idea now.

Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.

My first review of Adaptation
My Review:
This was such a fantastic series! I'd read the first book last year, but I've read a lot of books since then, which is why I reread it. And I'm so glad I did! Lots of the little details, I didn't remember, so yeah, it was just great to read everything in one sweep, because it was just that awesome!

From the mystery of why the birds did what they did, to what happened to Reece and David after the accident, and what changes happened, and then the whole Amber thing, and the secrets that Amber kept till she couldn't anymore, that was Adaptation.

And then Natural Selection was awesome, going between the past and a point just before Adaptation, the past on Earth on a camping trip with her school, the future on the Imria's home planet, and the naming ceremony-where she picks the name Amber. And yeah, it was nice to get that taste of Imria's culture-like they have 1 mom, and 2 dads!

And then Inheritance-dealing with the fallout, and then trying to build a new world, which I think they did quite well at, changing things, moving them in a direction to move past all the lies and betrayals, and coexist and work together! And then the relationship between Reece, Amber, and Daniel!

Yeah, loved this series so much, and I can't wait to read what she writes next!

Author: Malinda Lo
Series: Adaptation #1, 1.5, 2
First Read: November 20th, 2012
Read: December 13th, 13th, 13th, 2013
Source: Own, tuebl
Reason Why: Loved her other books, so and it sounded great, and they're 2013 Dystopian Books! And Natural Selection and Inheritance are Sequel Challenge 2013 Book, and Inheritance is a End of Series 2013 Book!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published; September 18th 2012, September 3rd 2013, September 24th 2013

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Natural Selection:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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