is a 2013 Young Adult
Conspiracy Theory thriller by Malinda Lo. The second book, Inheritance
, came out later that year.
This novel contains examples of:
- Almost Kiss: David and Reese have several.
- Author Appeal: Malinda Lo likes Love Triangles and lesbian romance.
- Betty and Veronica: Amber, a mysterious, pink haired skateboarding alien and David, Reese's Boy Next Door debate partner, are both in love with Reese.
- Black Best Friend: Averted. Julian could very easily come off as the Black Best Friend and Gay Best Friend, but he's got his own interests — which are vital to the plot, no less.
- Broken Masquerade: The goal of conspiracy theorist site Bin 42. At the end of the first book, Amber and David are rescued because their friends and family went to the media.
- Cassandra Truth: Reese's Hub feed in the beginning. "Aliens did it, earthlings. Colonization is coming!"
- Closet Key: Amber helps Reese realize she's bi.
- Crash into Hello: How Reese and Amber meet.
- Exact Words: Amber tells Reese that she doesn't know where the accusations of conspiring with the people who changed her body came from because the only person Amber met that day was her mother. Dr. Brand, as it turns out, is her mother.
- Fag Hag: Once Reese realizes she's bi, she and Julian talk about how she can't really count as his anymore.
- Gay Bar Reveal: Though considering that they're dating at the time, Reese isn't too shocked when she realizes that Amber's taken her to a lesbian club.
- Government Conspiracy: The government has kept it a secret that aliens visited earth. They experimented with alien technology to create Super Soldiers.
- Healing Factor: After Reese's surgery, she has enhanced healing abilities.
- Human Aliens: The Imria look human.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: "I never said I was the assignment."
- Meaningful Name: Amber Gray's name refers to the alien hybrid birds, whose eyes are described as yellow or orange, and the fact that she's... well, a Grey.
- Men in Black: The special agents who work for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Lampshaded: "I thought Men in Black was just a movie."
- Moment Killer: Reese has a real problem with people walking in on her and her love interests during Relationship Upgrades.
- Properly Paranoid: Most of Julian's conspiracy theories about Area51 and aliens turn out to be true.
- The Reveal: The government covered up alien visitations to earth. The aliens operated on Reese to "upgrade" her DNA. Amber, Dr. Brand and Agent Todd are aliens.
- Secret Keeper: Julian, once Reese realizes that her NDA won't hold water and that her house is bugged, so she's in over her head.
- Sequel Hook: Walking out the front door at the end of the first book.
- Taking the Bullet: Amber takes a bullet for Reese. She gets better, thanks to her HealingFactor healing powers
- Telepathy: One of the side effects of the operation is a form of telepathy where Reese can sense people's emotions. David learns to broadcast his thoughts and later teaches Reese to do the same.
- Telepathic Spacemen: The Imria have a form of telepathy.
- Waking Up Elsewhere: After her accident, Reese blacks out. She wakes up in a hospital.
- You Will Know What to Do: When Agent Todd discusses breakout plans in hte first book.