**I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
I really had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. For me, the quality of the story was all over the place. I would give the first third of the book 5 stars, the middle third 1.5 stars, and the last third somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.
This book has a lot going for it you don't (or I don't) see in a lot of YA titles. You have parents who are actively involved in the lives of their children, multiple prominent POC characters, and varying sexual orientations. The characters were well fleshed out and likable.
The first 33% or so, is a fast paced, thrilling ride. As the book starts, our lead characters, Reese and David, are about to fly home from a Debate event. Too bad they weren't on an earlier flight. All over North America flocks of birds are causing plane crashes. No one knows what is causing the flocks to fly into the planes. Soon the government steps in, and all flights are grounded. Reese convinces their teacher, Mr. Chapman, it'd be best to rent a car and drive home. This works out well for a little while, but due to a car jacking gone bad, Mr. Chapman ends up dead and Reese and David are left on their own. Luckily, or unluckily, they still have their car. At this point highways have been shut down and panic is starting to set in. While trying to find another route home, Reese and David are in a horrible car crash. Neither will wake up for close to month. When they do, they'll find themselves at a top secret government facility. They'll also find out that they're very different then they used to be.
Exciting, right? I wish I could say that about the whole book.
The middle of the book fell flat. All the excitement from the first part was put on a back shelf. This part mainly has to do with Reese readjusting to life at home. Along the way she'll notice a few weird things. Her scars are healing dramatically each day, until they are no longer there at all. She can feel what others are feeling when she makes physical contact with them. She'll meet Amber and realize you never know yourself as well as you think you do. And.....that's pretty much it.
We get back to the excitement in the third act. I can't really say much without giving away the ending, but I will say I enjoyed what happened here. It wasn't as good as the beginning of the book, but it was still satisfying.
I'm happy to say this book does tie up all the loose ends. It can be read as a stand alone, if like me, you decide not to continue with the series. Even though this book and I didn't mesh well, I did enjoy Lo's writing. I will definitely read more by her.