Thursday, March 14, 2013
by Malinda Lo
New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
386 pages, YA science-fiction
A couple of teenagers (who may or may not be crushing on each other) are stranded at the Phoenix airport with their teacher after a debate competition. All flights have been cancelled due to random bird attacks that have caused numerous planes throughout the country to crash. The trio decides to rent a car to drive back to San Francisco rather than live in the airport until flights open back up. Of course this entails driving through the back roads of Nevada where bizarre-acting bird causes them to crash. They wake up some time later in an unusual hospital situation with no memories of what happened yet they have some unique abilities they didn't have before. What really happened to them after their car crashed? Did they really crash near Area 51? Will they ever be able to tell each other of their true feelings?
I liked the X-Files feel of parts of this novel, but overall I didn't really like it. Too many parts felt overly contrived and unlikely. Will I read the second part? Not likely.