Author: Malinda Lo
Format: Print ARC
Length: 400 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
This book is a true conspiracy thriller centered around teens! (Cue heavenly light and angelic choirs.)
Every aspect of this book is so well thought out that it could easily have made waves on the adult shelves; but as the literary gods would have it, YA has been graced by this one of a kind read.
This is the type of read that grabs not only the attention, but the imagination of the reader and leads him or her to places so far off the beaten path that there is no possible return.
Everything about this read is unorthodox. Everything about this book is WONDERFUL!
Thank you Malinda for writing Reese and David with the skepticism and clear eyed rationale needed to find their way through the situations that they are faced with.
Finding out that you may or may not have people following you after coming home from a strange hospital having had treatment that you can't remember is not exactly the time to go all "doe eyes and duh."
There are so many times in this book where one wrong word, look, or move by Reese or David could mean trouble that there is just no time for the asinine.
And the goodness never stops...
Relationships abound in this read, and they are just as complex as the ever evolving plot.
Cases in point.
Reese has feelings for David.
David has feelings for Reese.
(neither of them has expressed said feelings bu they are still there)
Reese has feelings for Amber.
Amber has feelings for Reese.
(they take every opportunity to express said feelings)
Reese likes Amber but may not be able to trust her.
Amber likes Reese but may have something to hide.
Reese likes David and David likes Reese and they
can't hide anything from each other.
In short...this book has it all. From conspiracy to kidnapping, love to Area 51, it's like Ragu, it's in there...and once you taste what this book has to offer you'll be begging for more.