Adaptation

Adaptation

Book - 2012
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In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316197960
0316197963
Branch Call Number: / SF LO MALINDA
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 22 cm

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386p (Gr 8+) In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens... Read More »

In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, 17-yr-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret
government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is connected with aliens and UFOs.


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hdebeck
Sep 14, 2017

Overall I consider this book an easy, fun read, and would suggest it if you want a quick book with a little bit of sci-fi and teen rated romance. I thought the plot felt a little forced at times, especially the beginning. Because the book is short and I enjoyed the characters, I was able to get through the parts of the plot that felt too orchestrated. The first half of the book is more teen romance and then flips to more sci-fi mixed with teen romance. The ending is quite abrupt, which made sense when I realized there is a sequel. I will probably put the sequel on my "To Read" list for when I am craving a quick read. One note of caution when trying to decide the audience of this book, the only issue that I would have recommending this to a teenager is ***MINOR SPOILER*** how the main character really tries to get into smoking when she needs a pick-me-up. Otherwise, I thought that it was good for a teenage or above audience.

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pink_dog_2204
Jun 13, 2016

I would say this was a fast read, but this is the 3rd book I've read in a day. (All in a row) I loved the story line, and the romantic sub-plot. I also though the ending was great - how it showed the reader what direction to go in, but let them choose their own path. In other words, gave you a general sense of what was going to happen after the last page, but let you think up your own details, and fill up the "between - book gap". (This is 1 in a series)

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osnapitst
Apr 11, 2014

This book was really good. It was a fast read, and was really surprised by that because I read it in about 3 to 4 hours. It looked really long and big, but once I read the first few words I was grabbed and I couldn't put it down.

ChristchurchLib Oct 01, 2013

"In the chaos following a series of plane crashes caused by flocks of kamikaze birds, 17-year-old Reese and her debate team partner, David, are in a serious car accident and receive medical treatment at a military hospital in Arizona. No one will tell them the details of what happened or how they've been healed... but after they get back home to San Francisco, both of them suspect that they've undergone something more than standard medical procedures. With bizarre happenings, clandestine government agents, X-Files-esque intrigue, and even a bit of romance, Adaptation will fascinate conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=684197

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

Like most (if not all) thrillers, this novel relies on a constant atmosphere of tension. Constant as in, from the very beginning. It'll take some suspension of belief to get through the first few chapters, since we're thrown right into the weirdness, followed by a stint in a hospital with characters occasionally dropping a CSI-esque line (a plane's windows are blacked out because "'The location of this facility is classified,' Agent Forrestal said." p. 76). Character development is difficult when the protagonist is consistently panicking or worrying, but surprisingly, Reese doesn't come off as too flat, probably through the few flashbacks of her and Julian. However, the latter doesn't quite make it past 2D, especially when his main function seems to be to feed the conspiracy theories. Having him commiserate with Reese's situation creates only temporary depth. The LGBTQ love triangle with Reese, Amber and David is tolerable for the fact that all three are involved in the main plot of uncovering the truth. In addition, Reese's feelings regarding both are never truly compared in a "should I go with him or her?" way; she only switches from one to the other when the original proves false. The plot itself moves in jerks and fits, with a random kidnapping rather obtusely signaling the beginning of the climax, and not enough information is discovered to explain the organizations of Plato or Project Blue Base. Instead, Adaptation relies on the shock value of the extraterrestial possibility and the government conspiracy to propel itself. That being said, this book is very readable. With unobtrusive writing and a strong premise, readers will most likely overlook the fact that the original source of fear, the plane crashes involving birds, seems rather incidental and instead focus on the sci-fi potential in Adaptation and its sure-to-come sequels.

VanessaCCL Dec 04, 2012

"In the chaos following a series of plane crashes caused by flocks of kamikaze birds, 17-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, are in a serious car accident and receive medical treatment at a military hospital in Arizona. No one will tell them the details of what happened or how they've been healed... but after they get back home to San Francisco, both of them suspect that they've undergone something more than standard medical procedures. With bizarre happenings, clandestine government agents, X-Files-esque intrigue, and even a bit of romance, this adventure will captivate conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike." Teen Scene December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=576688

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Kissing Amber was like falling into the sea: Her body surrendered to the pull of the tide, buoyed by the saltwater, every breath tasting like the ocean. Reese lost all sense of where the surface was. All there was, was this. Amber’s lips, her tongue, her hands stroking back Reese’s hair, curling around her head and holding her steady. If their first kiss had been a bit awkward, that was gone now.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“People are always going to think something about you that isn't real. It doesn't matter what they think.”

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