Cover of Inheritance by Malinda Lo
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School Library Journal
SLJ Reviews 2013 November
Gr 10 Up—Reese, David, and Amber first met in Adaptation(Little, Brown, 2012). After a car accident, mortally injured Reese and David are revived by an injection of alien DNA that has given the teens special abilities. They are kidnapped by brutal government forces and released after a video of their kidnapping is leaked to the public. Returned home, Reese and David are caught in a web of intrigue and lies as they try to discover who, if anyone, is telling the truth. The fate of the world seems to be at risk as the government, a secret faction of the government, and the aliens square off at the United Nations. Ever present is the failed romance between Reese and Amber; when Reese learned that her new girlfriend was an alien sent to observe her, she ended the relationship. In Inheritance, Reese finds herself having feelings for David. Another kidnap attempt forces Reese, David, and Amber to flee together. As the trio fend off G-men and alien hate groups and stand for the First Amendment, they grapple with bisexuality and monogamy. The book’s main problem lies in becoming invested in a protagonist who reeks of stereotypical teen angst, and the plot’s lack of credibility removes readers from any tenuous connection they may develop with secondary characters. They will marvel at how the unique story line can seem so clichéd in this implausibly plotted sequel.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
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Booklist Reviews 2013 October #2
Could universal empathy change the course of humanity? Picking up moments after Adaptation (2012), Lo’s latest begins as Reese is thrust into a web of publicity, conspiracy, and diplomacy with David at her side and Amber still on her mind, despite what Reese perceives as a betrayal by Amber. When the Imrian delegation reveals their reasons for visiting Earth, and shady operatives emerge from dark corners, allegiances are tested. This sequel is a careful balance of intergalactic political intrigue and romantic soul-searching, with a dash of tinfoil hat and enough well-placed explosions (both literal and figurative) to keep readers turning pages. Readers will contemplate conventions we take for granted, the depth of secrecy in a corrupt government, and just how far one can push her emotions in the search for love and connection. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.
The Horn Book
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Reese (Adaptation) juggles her discovery that the government has been working for decades with aliens called the Imria and her feelings for her Imrian ex and her new guy. When huge secrets are revealed, romantic alliances get back-burnered as Reese tries to understand what’s next for Earth. Clever plot and strong world-building are this sequel’s strengths.Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #5
In this sequel to Adaptation (rev. 11/12), the impact of the new public knowledge that the government has been secretly working for decades with aliens called the Imria is still developing. Reese, though an integral part of this revelation, is pretty distracted as she juggles her feelings for her ex, whom she now knows is Imrian, and her new guy, who, like her, has Imrian-bestowed enhanced powers. However, when huge secrets are revealed about the true origins of humans, even torn romantic alliances get back-burnered as Reese tries to understand, along with everyone else, what is next for Earth. The inside look at the Imria, only peripherally understood in the previous novel, is intriguing — they are the stars here as much as Reese, who isn’t always likable as she flings herself through most events impulsively rather than with wisdom or analysis. The graceful, thoughtful look at polyamorous relationships is an unexpected twist, and for this reason alone readers may find Reese (and her ex- and new boyfriends) just as memorable as the clever plot and strong world-building that are the strengths of this novel. april spisak Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.