Malinda Lo, September 2013. In the opening scenes of this novel, set immediately after Adaptation, there’s a spaceship hovering over Reese’s San Francisco house. As you might imagine, the streets are full of people trying to get as close as they can – reporters, protesters, doomsdayers, gawkers – and this scrutiny on Reese doesn’t let up throughout the book. No matter what she’s doing, from visiting the spaceship to stopping by her locker at school, the world is watching.
This is deeply uncomfortable for Reese, who’s never sought attention and even dresses to blend in. But now she’s a celebrity – her DNA has been combined with that of the alien Imria so that she has abilities other humans don’t. It’s hard for Reese to know whom to trust; her parents, certainly, and her friends, at least most of them. But what about the U.S. government? What about CASS, the secret society that claims to have known about the Imria for decades? What about the Imria themselves, and in particular Amber, who dated Reese in the last book and then betrayed her?
I won’t say more about the plot or the ending other than this: I thought it was stupid in the last book that the aliens looked just like humans. I mean, what are the odds? That’s explained here and rather beautifully. But I do want to address the gay content. Generally I’m not afraid of spoilers on this blog, but in this case I’m going to refrain from revealing how the Amber-Reese-David love triangle ends. The author’s blog recently talked about how even major review sources are giving away the romantic ending, and I think that’s a shame, so I’m going to go against the grain here. Suffice it to say: huzzah.