Lo’s Adaptation starts out with a small-scale threatened apocalypse by birds, and turns into an X-Files episode starring a bisexual teenage girl in San Francisco. I liked it a lot, and that’s all I can say without spoilers.

“Natural Selection,” a novella, is set after Adaptation and before its sequel, Inheritance. “Natural Selection” can be read independently of either book, but is hugely spoilery for Adaptation. I liked it a lot, but that’s all I can say about it without spoilers.

Natural Selection. Only $1.99!

It’s from the POV of Amber, the alien girl, and parallels a summer camp she attended on Earth with an alien coming-of-age ritual. The parallel structure works nicely, but it’s the alien ritual that really makes the story. Lo explores alien customs and society as shaped by the existence of empathy that's as natural and common as speech. It’s moving, well-imagined, social science sf, and reminded me a bit of Ursula Le Guin.
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From: [personal profile] kore

Le Guin! Well, that's intriguing.

From: [identity profile] marzipan-pig.livejournal.com

I liked it too though the whole thing was HILARIOUS to me, like, ha ha you think you feel alienated for your bisexuality, check THIS crazy chaos out!

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

I thought that was a huge part of the charm: "So, you think it's tough being bisexual? Try being a LESBIAN EXILED ALIEN!"

I expect all teenagers feel like exiled aliens at times.

From: [identity profile] anglerfish07.livejournal.com

Hahaha! :) Probably other characters (not just Amber) are thinking the same thing in Inheritance: You think you've got it tough, being you? Try being ME!" I don't want to spoil people for Inheritance, though. I did like how the empathy aspect was explored in Inheritance. :)

I checked Amazon, but Natural Selection isn't available for purchase right now. Damn. :/

Edited to add: just one (possibly spoiler?) sentence removed from this post.
Edited Date: 2013-11-11 02:41 am (UTC)

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