Wednesday, January 9, 2013


By Malinda Lo
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012. 386 pages. Young Adult

While Reese is waiting in an airport on her way home from a disappointing debate competition, birds across the nation have suddenly started to hurl themselves into airplanes causing crashes, hundreds of deaths, and panicked confusion.  Reese and her debate partner David try to drive a rental car from Arizona home to San Francisco, but on the way a bird flies into their headlights and their car is totaled.  Reese wakes up in a military hospital with more questions than answers, and after returning home she finds her world has changed as she tries to find out the truth of what happened that day.

While this has an interesting premise, it lost much of the momentum through the middle of the novel. The final revelation was surprising but it was a bit hard to get there.


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