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.
I always find it a great thing when there’s a Young Adult LGBT book to read. I’m not homosexual or bisexual, but I have a brother who is gay and I have great friends who are too. It seems messed up when you can only find a book that relates to a heterosexual relationship. Newsflash publishers; straight kids aren’t the only ones who fall in love and have questions about their own life.
That said, this book is predominantly a sci-fi. It has the works; crazy experiments gone awry, the government trying to b hush hush, and two teens thrusted into a world that turns everything they knew and loved upside down. The LGBT element is just a cog in the huge machine that is Lo’s world. It is important, but it isn’t the only social statement that could be seen in the book. Not that I read for social statements, I usually read just for enjoyment, but it’s always great to see some meat.
Lo’s style is simple and easy to read. It read more like a 100 page novella than a 386-400 page book. I could completely relate with Reese. Her hesitance of trusting people and developing relationships is very similar to my own. Though I never was as extreme as Reese. Amber is absolutely adorable and I found myself fanning myself whenever she was in the scene. I may not be gay, but I can appreciate a woman.
I’m not a big sci-fi reader, but Lo has me salivating for more. A friend recommended this book and I’m glad I took her up on it. Seriously, it’s a good read.