Reese is waiting at the airport, struggling with the loss of a debate tournament and letting down her partner and crush David, when flocks of birds all over the country start flying directly in to planes causing countless crashes and thousands of deaths. Everyone around them starts to panic and they are just in time to grab a rental car out of the area. The highways going towards their San Francisco homes are gridlocked, but when they take a deserted highway north they have a horrible car accident that leaves them unconscious for almost a month. When they wake up, they are in a strange type of hospital in the middle of the desert. It isn’t long before they are sent home to their parents, but not before signing an agreement that prevents them from saying anything of what they experienced in the desert. This doesn’t seem like a problem for Reese, who just wants to get back to normal, until she starts noticing that her body seems very different than it was before her accident. This, combined with how different the country is after the bird attacks earlier in the summer, prompt her to confide in her conspiracy-theory-loving best friend Julian. Meanwhile, she meets a beautiful girl named Amber who sweeps her off her feet- but can Amber be trusted? Are all of these strange things related? What exactly is going on?
Melinda Lo writes a great alien-centric mystery in Adaptation. Readers will be guessing throughout the whole book at who, or what, is behind all of the strange things Reese is coming across. There is also a love triangle, but definitely not your typical one. Hand this to sci-fi and mystery lovers who also enjoy a little romance!