Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dusty Reads: Inheritance (Adaption #2) by Malinda Lo

Dusty Reads is a weekly post featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time.

Title: Inheritance (Adaptation #2)
Author: Malinda Lo
Pages: 470
Publication: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary taken from goodreads:
The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.
Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.
Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe. 
In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.
I read the first book as an ARC (advanced reading copy) a long time ago and enjoyed it. The book was certainly different since it was about aliens and had a bisexual protagonist. The next year, I received an ARC for the sequel, this book, to read and review, and I have never found the time or motivation to read it since.

I think the main reason why it's taking me so long to try to read Inheritance is because I've forgotten almost everything that happened in the first book, and from what I do remember, I didn't love it enough to want to reread it anytime soon. Adaptation was well-written but a little too slow for my liking, especially for such a large book. Inheritance is even bigger than that. I've been worried that it might take too long to get interesting in the beginning, so I would probably end up dropping it.

Regardless, I really do want to at least give this book a chance, since it's rare to read about a bisexual protagonist, especially one who has alien DNA within her.

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