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.
Among them are Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David, who are in Arizona when the disaster occurs. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway in the middle of the Nevada night, 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.
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. Their rental car crashes near the infamous Area 51, and they wake up almost a month later in a mysterious government hospital, with no idea what happened. After being forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement, they are returned home to their worried parents. Soon, both teenagers realize they've changed in frightening and strange ways, landing them in the middle of a massive government cover-up. Focusing on Reese's experience, this novel takes off like a shot, but slows a bit once Reese meets Amber, a pink-haired skateboarder who's new to town. From there, the plot fluctuates between the romance between Reese and Amber and an action-packed SF thriller. Lo's (Huntress) writing sparkles throughout, Reese's efforts at self-acceptance after the accident are engaging, and the exciting ending will leave readers ready for the sequel. Ages 15-up. Agent: Laura Langlie Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
September 18, 2012
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