Today is the official U.S./Canada publication day for my fourth novel, Inheritance, the sequel to Adaptation. I am so excited for you to read the conclusion of Reese’s story! Writing Inheritance was one of the most fun writing experiences I've ever had. That's not to say I didn't have frustrating moments and extensive revisions (there are always revisions!), but because I'd already established the characters in Adaptation, with this book it was simply easier for me to put the characters through the story. It was also a lot of fun because Adaptation and Inheritance are basically a giant mystery, and I love mysteries. It was challenging and entertaining for me to figure out how and when to reveal the clues.
As I posted last week, I’m traveling to Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Denver, Colorado over the next month to do events, and I hope you’ll come out and see me! I’ll bring my beautiful character postcards and bookmarks and Bin 42 stickers for everyone. If you’re not in those parts of the country and you still want a signed book, as always you can get one from my local bookstore, Book Passage.
Praise for Inheritance
(Don’t worry, I have removed all spoilers.)
“The inside look at the Imria, only peripherally understood in the previous novel, is intriguing—they are the stars here as much as Reese. … The graceful, thoughtful look at [spoiler redacted] is an unexpected twist, and for this reason alone readers may find Reese (and her ex- and new boyfriends) just as memorable as the clever plot and strong world-building that are the strengths of this novel.” — The Horn Book
“As in the first book, dialogue rings true, and the characters are appealing. … The alien and political machinations provide menace, a brisk page-turning plot and lots of fun.” — Kirkus
“In less than 500 pages, Malinda explores race relations, sexual fluidity, gender identity, Internet commenting culture, modern news media, and other really important topics I can’t talk about because of spoilers. And she does it all seamlessly. One of the big motifs of Inheritance is empathy, and the book itself is a prejudice-vanquisher for vastly underrepresented members of the queer community. I did a literal air-punch alone in my bedroom when I finished it.” — AfterEllen
“Lo’s work on Inheritance and other YA illustrates that you can explore very complicated, mature subjects of gender, sexuality, and relationships without turning a book into a parade of Special Learning Experiences and Serious Moments. This isn’t an issue book, a gay and lesbian book, a queer book. It’s a book about people living their lives in the face of something truly extraordinary and amazing, it’s science fiction, and, oh yeah, it happens to include diverse characters. This is the way I love seeing diversity in YA done; not as an afterthought, not as a mission of the text, but as something thoroughly integrated into who the characters are and how the story is told, without pounding readers over the head with it.” — s.e. smith
“Fans of Adaptation will not be disappointed with the conclusion of Reese’s and Amber’s and David’s story. In fact, the tension in Inheritance becomes even more intense. The conspiracies spin out of control, the danger becomes real as both Reese and David experience violence from extremists on both sides who react exactly as imagined upon learning that beings from another world exist. And the love triangle between Reese, David and Amber is handled with such delicate care that the reader really can’t choose who to root for. Lo resolves the triangle in an unconventional way that will have fans either loving the resolution or hating it. I, in fact, loved it and thought it to be a brave choice by Lo.” — Rich in Color