In Adaptation, Amber Grey played Reese's pink-haired teenage love interest-- who is later revealed to be of an alien race called the Imria. Amber has proven to be a fan favorite-- her spunk, sincerity, and sexiness really captured the imagination of those who have read the book.
In Natural Selection, Malinda explores Amber outside of her human counterparts, on a journey between her world and ours, while she undergoes a ceremony to celebrate her rite of passage into adulthood, choosing her identity and name.
While this portrays a favorite character with new insight, as always, Malinda is using the Imria and their fluid gender and sexual orientation as a vehicle to comment on our own human practices and prejudices.
Praise for Adaptation:
"Absolutely compelling...the reader is tugged along, just as confused and naively hopeful as Reese herself. A sharp twist at the climax makes everything that happened before an even more satisfying puzzle to unravel."
"Suspenseful, girl-powered, contemporary science fiction full of realistically diverse characters making realistic contemporary use of technology- plus hot kissing-make this book hard to resist."
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including Adaptation, Huntress, and Ash, a retelling of the Cinderella story with a lesbian twist, which was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award. Before she became a novelist, she was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Malinda invites you to visit her at www.malindalo.com.