Oct 4, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 18, 2012)
Young Adult Fiction
Hardcover ISBN: 9780316197960
Ebook ISBN: 9780316214469
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.
At first I was excited about a YA book based in Area 51, aliens and all that good stuff, but I found this book to go wandering off the path into lust again and again, losing the storyline itself.
The beginning is great - full of suspense and "What's Happening??" events as birds fall from the sky and crash into airplanes, killing many. Reese is stranded a few states away from her home, terrified of the events occurring around her.
But she is repeatedly totally torn off track by her hormones. Also the question of whether she likes girls, or boys... or both continues to be a huge issue of debate throughout the story. The entire middle of the book appears to be a make-out session.
There is a sci-fi plot in the book and there are whole chapters that deal with secret government men, plots, DNA tinkering and alien ships. It just didn't seem like a flowing story to me. Lots of loose ends and story lines.
I will say that a YA may very well enjoy the story for the titillation factor, but not sure the sci-fi part is strong enough to hold the interest of a true Science Fiction fan.
Be aware there are lesbian make-out scenes and lots of sexual feelings/thoughts swirling around this book so it's probably not for the younger YA reader.
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