The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.

In this gripping sequel to Adaptation, Malinda Lo brings a thoughtful exploration of adolescence, sexuality, and “the other” to a science fiction thriller that is impossible to put down.

  • Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards for Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction



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“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

“Inheritance, the sequel to Malinda Lo’s sci-fi thriller Adaptation, knows how to go out in style. … This book masterfully closed the door on this chapter of the series, but the possibilities are endless from this point forward—just like on graduation day. Maybe this series will come back into my life; maybe it won’t. While I’d love for it to return, this book had such a satisfying conclusion that I’d understand if it moved on. This is how endings for series books should be done. Heck, this is how endings for books, full stop, should be done. I’m happy just to know that the future is full of potential.” — Forever Young Adult

“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





Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2013) — U.S. and Canada
Young Adult Fiction
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0316198004
Ebook ISBN: 9780316255059

Hodder Children’s Books (September 2014) — U.K., Australia, New Zealand