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Alien: Echo PDF, ePub eBook An original young adult novel of the Alien universe Olivia and her twin sister Viola have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology. Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. And sudden An original young adult novel of the Alien universe Olivia and her twin sister Viola have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology. Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. And suddenly the sisters’ world is ripped apart. On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret bursts open—one that’s as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding them. The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this virgin colony world—and quickly start adapting. Olivia’s going to have to adapt, too, if she’s going to survive... An Imprint Book

30 review for Alien: Echo

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Yessss!!!! Mira Grant tackles the Alien franchise. My heart may explode in anticipation!

  2. 4 out of 5

    karen

    i don't even like alien stuff, but if mira grant is going alien, i'm right there waiting in line for it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    A bit too heavy on the romance part, but otherwise a quite good YA Alien book. Not as gory as I want it to be, but actually gory enough for you know young adults. ;) There was actually a moment towards the end when I was surprised about how bloody a scene was. I have just one complaint or something that bothered quite a lot (besides the romance part) and that was (view spoiler)[ Viola having spent all her life "playing" sick. Why keep up with the charade when it was unnecessary? Also, waiting un A bit too heavy on the romance part, but otherwise a quite good YA Alien book. Not as gory as I want it to be, but actually gory enough for you know young adults. ;) There was actually a moment towards the end when I was surprised about how bloody a scene was. I have just one complaint or something that bothered quite a lot (besides the romance part) and that was (view spoiler)[ Viola having spent all her life "playing" sick. Why keep up with the charade when it was unnecessary? Also, waiting until Olivia is 18 to explain the truth? Seriously. I just got the feeling that Viola was the one that got the short end of the stick. And yeah she's an android, but still... (hide spoiler)] Anyhow, it's a good book, a great audiobook to listen to and I recommend it to those that like YA scifi books with romance and deadly aliens.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nefeli

    This is Mira Grant we're talking about, so, of course, the action sequences are awesome and she has done her research in xenobiology. I wouldn't expect anything less. But I did expect something more. I had three main problems with Alien: Echo. The first one is minor and doesn't bother me that much, the second bothers me significantly more, and the third is major and the main reason I'm not giving this book more than 3 stars. First problem: I don't think Mira Grant is capable of writing a book wit This is Mira Grant we're talking about, so, of course, the action sequences are awesome and she has done her research in xenobiology. I wouldn't expect anything less. But I did expect something more. I had three main problems with Alien: Echo. The first one is minor and doesn't bother me that much, the second bothers me significantly more, and the third is major and the main reason I'm not giving this book more than 3 stars. First problem: I don't think Mira Grant is capable of writing a book without finding a specific word or phrase that she likes and repeating it again and again. In Feed, it was "the needle bit my palm" or something along these lines. In Kingdom of Needle and Bone it was "herd immunity". Here it's "prime" and "subrime", two slang terms Grant invented which mean "cool/perfect" and "not cool/unpleasant", respectively. Examples: - I prop my elbows on the windowsill, put my chin in my hands, and sigh. Viola doesn’t react. Subprime. - A soft cloud of pollen is dislodged by the motion, and she wrinkles her nose against mine, and this is so prime, so prime, I can’t understand why people don’t just spend all their time kissing. You get the idea. The word "prime" is mentioned 17 times, the word "subprime" 20 times, and there's also an instance where something is described as "ultraprime". Second problem: Nothing happens in the first half of the book. It's just Olivia, a teenager, who has a crush on Kora, another teenager, and thinks about kissing her a lot. That's it. Now, I'm not heartless, I really like the romantic stuff. But I think I only like it when it's happening to me. That is to say, I like kissing, but I get really bored when characters in a book constantly think about it. Maybe that's just me, but give me gore over romance any day of the week. Alien: Echo had more romance and less gore than I expected in the beginning but, thankfully, by the end, I got my fair share of blood and guts. Third problem (and this is a dealbreaker for me): There are quite a few characters who don't seem realistic at all and constantly do unexplainable things just so the plot can advance. This screams lazy, and Mira Grant is not lazy. Come on, Mira, you can write better scenes than "Oh my god, Michel, why are you attacking me while I'm driving and there's an alien chasing us??" "Because of PLOT REASONS, I'm the HUMAN VILLAIN, give me the car!!" Unacceptable. Anyway, all in all, I enjoyed this book, even though it was less than prime. Leave it to Mira Grant to gift us with nail-biting action sequences with aliens or zombies or killer mermaids and badass lesbian protagonists who would die for their family and friends. I will never stop loving her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    I read this because I am a huge fan of Alien. I saw the original when it first came out and I was 10 (you see what kind of family I come from), and I have rewatched it fairly regularly. This year I watched all the Alien universe short films that came out to mark the 40th anniversary of the film, and this book went along with those pretty well. Probably my one critique is that there was a bit too much teenage hormone crushing going on for my taste. But, I'm not going to complain about teenagers ac I read this because I am a huge fan of Alien. I saw the original when it first came out and I was 10 (you see what kind of family I come from), and I have rewatched it fairly regularly. This year I watched all the Alien universe short films that came out to mark the 40th anniversary of the film, and this book went along with those pretty well. Probably my one critique is that there was a bit too much teenage hormone crushing going on for my taste. But, I'm not going to complain about teenagers acting like teenagers, because they are, you know, teenagers. Looking at it from that perspective, it probably wasn't all that far fetched. Not much to say about the story if you are familiar with Alien: they arrive at the colony and then there's lots of running and screaming, and girls who (we think?) survive. Honestly, Alien stories are the one place where being a woman gives you a very slight edge in terms of your chances of survival...which are never all that great.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♠️ TABI ♠️

    honestly from mermaids to aliens I literally don't care where this author takes me I just want her to take me on whatever journey she decides to write next

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    I. CAN'T. EVEN. GiveItToMeNow!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    People sure do love creating life. They forget that life, once created, carries no innate obligation toward whoever made it. Life does what it wants, and screw anyone who gets in its way. Loved this! And this is coming from someone's whose entire sum experience of the Alien universe comes from a vague feeling that I surely must have seen the original movie at some point in time and also a handful of viewings of Prometheus because screw you I find it entertaining. So basically what I'm saying is t People sure do love creating life. They forget that life, once created, carries no innate obligation toward whoever made it. Life does what it wants, and screw anyone who gets in its way. Loved this! And this is coming from someone's whose entire sum experience of the Alien universe comes from a vague feeling that I surely must have seen the original movie at some point in time and also a handful of viewings of Prometheus because screw you I find it entertaining. So basically what I'm saying is that you don't actually need anything more than a vague cultural knowledge of the Alien franchise to read this book. I'm sure there's a few Easter Eggs hidden in there for the die-hard fans, but I didn't feel lost at all while reading and I'm pretty sure the only things you need to know are generally what the aliens look like and also that they will mess you UP. Anyway, this was absolutely the perfect book for Seanan/Mira to write. It combines her love of aliens, horror, SCIENCE, and final girls into a single novel and because her amazingness truly knows no bounds we also get a LESBIAN PROTAG! Overall just a very fun and also insightful read, and as usual I think I had such a good time reading it in part because it is obvious that she had such a good time writing it. Would definitely recommend it to fans of her work, even if you haven't previously read/watched anything in the Alien franchise.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rhieanna Young

    I wanted to love this. I really did. From the moment I found out about this book before its release I waited in anticipation and bought it the moment it came out. I am a hardcore Aliens fan and settled in for a horror story of a teenager trying to protect her sister. That is what I expected. That is not what I got. I got a YA romance novel with a dash of aliens for seasoning. The MC was much more concerned about her “maybe girlfriend” to care about anything else going on in the book. Deaths don’ I wanted to love this. I really did. From the moment I found out about this book before its release I waited in anticipation and bought it the moment it came out. I am a hardcore Aliens fan and settled in for a horror story of a teenager trying to protect her sister. That is what I expected. That is not what I got. I got a YA romance novel with a dash of aliens for seasoning. The MC was much more concerned about her “maybe girlfriend” to care about anything else going on in the book. Deaths don’t effect her, she doesn’t care, so long as it isn’t the “maybe girlfriend”. Adults are useless. There is one scene where an adult is present and as soon as anything starts happening seems to vanish. Then after everything it says the person kind of shakes themselves awake. Really!? An adult just stood there and did nothing! This book seems to have very low opinions of teenagers. Maybe the author forgot what it was like to be a teenager. But I’m pretty sure that even the flakiest teenager would stop mooning over the person they like in order to survive an alien attack. I did not find the characters believable. Everyone is useless except the main character, there is no urgency for survival, no tension, no fear. Forget marines they just need to send in this girl. As I said I wanted to love it but it wasn’t what I expected at all. Want a good alien read then go read Alien: Out of Shadows.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matisse

    Man, I read this thing in two sittings. It's sensational. I feel many feels toward this tiny novel, but the overwhelming one is its statement on sci-fi and diversity. This pulse-pounding, grip-the-cover-so-tight-you-warp-it novel stars a young lesbian and her WOC girlfriend, with characters of various nationalities appearing throughout. The original two Alien films--the two that count!--were groundbreaking in that Ellen Ripley broke the mold for what a heroine could be. Going on forty years late Man, I read this thing in two sittings. It's sensational. I feel many feels toward this tiny novel, but the overwhelming one is its statement on sci-fi and diversity. This pulse-pounding, grip-the-cover-so-tight-you-warp-it novel stars a young lesbian and her WOC girlfriend, with characters of various nationalities appearing throughout. The original two Alien films--the two that count!--were groundbreaking in that Ellen Ripley broke the mold for what a heroine could be. Going on forty years later, 'Alien: Echo' realizes that Ripley can easily be critiqued as the dreaded White Feminist heroine, and so the title makes an effort to diversify its cast. Hell, one of the underlying conflicts is the nature of humanity, and what makes a person 'real'. ...And this is all while it's being the Alien franchise at its best. You can do a checklist of all the Alien sequences you'd want, and they're here: there're Xenomorphs creeping around silently outside your hideout, there're several chase sequences, there are shoot-em-up moments, there's the requisite jaunt into the Xenomorph hive, there's the walk through the abandoned, bloodied, and defeated human stronghold, there's the final log transmission of doomed characters, there are tons of jump-scares...the only thing we *don't* get is a full-on chestburster scene. And in a YA novel, that's understandable. On the topic of 'Alien: Echo' as a YA novel! I tried reading one of the recent Alien tie-in novels, specifically the one focusing on Newt. I couldn't do it. That book focused almost all of its time on characters that were doomed from page one, the titular beasts didn't show up until the last third, and the technobabble was a bit much. 'Alien: Echo' plays to the strengths of YA literature: we follow one teenager, through first-person present tense, and her supporting characters are all given plenty of time to develop. The Xenomorphs show up roughly 3/4ths of the way in, and all the good action happens at the half-way mark. It ends up being a deeply emotional, deeply human romp through the Alien universe. In all honesty, the pacing feels more akin to the Netflix Lost In Space than a by-the-numbers YA sci-fi novel. Lastly, I commend it for being easy on newcomers. The novel makes exactly ONE mention of Weyland-Yutani, and NO mention WHATSOEVER about LV-426, or the Sulaco crew, colonial marines are nowhere to be seen, and the narration doesn't even call the titular beasts Xenomorphs. We older nerds, who are familiar with the franchise, will be able to fill in the blanks (ie. when Olivia's mom talks about a shady megacorp on Earth, we know exactly who she means), but it amounts to non-intrusive continuity porn. You can hand it to a teen and tell them "so, there's a franchise about a space alien, called Alien." That's all you gotta know. I'm so mad I didn't purchase this for my library's collection. It's just so damn fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Ironside

    I loved this. Mira Grant struck the perfect balance between sci-fi and horror with this YA novel set in the Alien universe. Fans of Ridley Scott's classic space horror series will find lots to like here as Grant hits key moments from the films. The suspense and tension were perfect - I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one sitting. This is slightly lighter on body horror - you don't actually see the face huggers for instance - but this is just as heavy on body count as the films and ther I loved this. Mira Grant struck the perfect balance between sci-fi and horror with this YA novel set in the Alien universe. Fans of Ridley Scott's classic space horror series will find lots to like here as Grant hits key moments from the films. The suspense and tension were perfect - I was on the edge of my seat and read it in one sitting. This is slightly lighter on body horror - you don't actually see the face huggers for instance - but this is just as heavy on body count as the films and there is plenty of gore, so be warned. The book starts with MC Olivia Shipp taking a field trip outside her family's residence. Oliva's parents are xenobiologists who have lived a nomadic existence across the universe, charting the ecostystems of newly settled planets. Olivia and her twin sister, Viola, have had little choice but to travel with them. Olivia is most concerned with finally seeing earth with her sister when she hits 18, and whether or not the hot colonial girls she has a crush on, likes her back. Things take a sudden horrific turn after her father is sent to check out a derelict ship orbiting the planet which the colonials want to cannibalise. There's something on the ship. Something which defies known biology... This was such a great read. If you like diverse SFF with a kick ass character who manages to not be a final girl, then this is for you. I'm surprised this isn't getting more hype. It was awesome.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Galloway

    It was interesting to see the franchise through the eyes of someone else and to see how some of the staples of the series were revealed in this installment. One of those reveals initially bothered me because it seemed as if it should have changed reactions to that person, but almost immediately I realized how beautiful that acceptance was and should just be a real world thing. I was also initially bummed when Olivia got hand-wavy about biology because it was uncool parent stuff since I LOVE alie It was interesting to see the franchise through the eyes of someone else and to see how some of the staples of the series were revealed in this installment. One of those reveals initially bothered me because it seemed as if it should have changed reactions to that person, but almost immediately I realized how beautiful that acceptance was and should just be a real world thing. I was also initially bummed when Olivia got hand-wavy about biology because it was uncool parent stuff since I LOVE alien ecologies and all. However, apparently the daughter of a biologist can't help but soak up all that science, so she let it all out and I got my world building. :D As for fright level -- I'm more a creeping horror type of horror person, so it didn't get my hackles raised. It was more an exciting adventure with suspense worrying about the characters you care about. (except for one over the top awful character) And that's what I wanted -- the discovery of the xenomorphs, what they can do, and the cat and mouse games played afterwards. It's great to have an intelligent protagonist, as well!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I normally like this author and her alter ego, Seanan McGuire, however this one wasn't the best for me. I didn't care for Olivia, she was too girl crazy and a bit too cocky for me. Cora never really came off as somebody worth Olivia's effort, she had to work too hard to get any place and I hated that Cora really didn't believe Olivia about her sister. Now the sister, Viola, was more interesting, especially when her secret was revealed. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Part of me thinks that the I normally like this author and her alter ego, Seanan McGuire, however this one wasn't the best for me. I didn't care for Olivia, she was too girl crazy and a bit too cocky for me. Cora never really came off as somebody worth Olivia's effort, she had to work too hard to get any place and I hated that Cora really didn't believe Olivia about her sister. Now the sister, Viola, was more interesting, especially when her secret was revealed. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Part of me thinks that the parents did a good thing, part of me thinks the parents should have let things be. In the end the made the choice they did, everyone living their lives. The one thing you can't argue was how devoted the two sisters were to each other. Now the parents, I feel like they were irresponsible dragging the girls with them on their jobs. They were going to dangerous places where bad things could happen. This was proved when the drama started up in this book. From here things were a comedy of errors, all of them bumbling around and many many people dying at every turn. Things were left on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I found I was indifferent about it because by then I was just glad to be done with the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roz

    I’m conflicted.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This book gives us some heroines that Ripley would be proud of! Alien: Echo is an original young adult novel set in the Alien film universe which means yes, we absolutely get to see the creepy, drooly, chittering aliens from the movies. The premise: Twin sisters Olivia and Viola are daughters of two xenobiologists (coolest job title ever.) Their family is stationed on a new colony world. When they discover a new and deadly alien species (hmm, I wonder what it could be?) they are forced on the run This book gives us some heroines that Ripley would be proud of! Alien: Echo is an original young adult novel set in the Alien film universe which means yes, we absolutely get to see the creepy, drooly, chittering aliens from the movies. The premise: Twin sisters Olivia and Viola are daughters of two xenobiologists (coolest job title ever.) Their family is stationed on a new colony world. When they discover a new and deadly alien species (hmm, I wonder what it could be?) they are forced on the run in hostile terrain in a fight for their lives. Queer main character alert!! So excite! I loved Olivia, our protagonist. First off, she kicks SOOOO much ass, but in a smart way. Not a "blustering around, shooting anything that moves" type. She was smart. She had the knowledge. She used it and common sense to survive. Viola, her twin sister, is sassy and real and a nice opposite to her sister. One of the side characters I legitly wanted to punch in the face, which is probably a sign that he was written well? Grant does not spare us the gross and gore in this one. There's all sorts of nasty alien lifeforms that will chew your face off, not just the xenomorphs from the films. Lots of scenes that made me forget I was tucked up in bed, and made me instead want to take a hot shower for eight years to get the blood and gore off myself. Her fabulous sciencey voice lends itself well to this book, makes it even more believable. I want a sequel. I also want another separate novel written in the same world by Grant, please. Also can we get some love for that cover? The little alien eggs reflecting in their eyes? Uggh, so good!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing

    I love Mira Grant, but I do not love the Alien franchise. In fact, I didn't realise this was actually a part of that franchise until halfway through. (Yep, I selectively read blurbs and reviews.) This is a problem because I only remember having watched Covenant from that franchise. (The series is on the to-watch list alright.) So going into this book I expected there would be an entirely original world. Roughly a third or so into the story, I remember thinking the world-building wasn't spectacul I love Mira Grant, but I do not love the Alien franchise. In fact, I didn't realise this was actually a part of that franchise until halfway through. (Yep, I selectively read blurbs and reviews.) This is a problem because I only remember having watched Covenant from that franchise. (The series is on the to-watch list alright.) So going into this book I expected there would be an entirely original world. Roughly a third or so into the story, I remember thinking the world-building wasn't spectacular... and then I realised shortly after that's because it's not really original and it's set in an established universe. Although I don't think that's a bad thing, it's perfectly fine if you love the Alien's franchise. However I was so excited to get my hands on this because I was expecting something unique from the author. Obviously I came out of it feeling as though I didn't get that. This also had such a slow and mediocre start. The first half of a book is so critical for me, but here my attention to this book waned easily. Which is saying a lot because this book is very readable and should be easy to get through in a only a few sittings. Unfortunately I just wanted to be wowed by this as all the elements were just a bit lacklustre and not to my tastes clearly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I liked this book. I did. How could I not like an Alien book written by Mira Grant? I was a bit disappointed in it though. I loved her descriptions of the aliens and their physiology, their movement and hunting habits, and, of course, their use of host bodies for ovipositing, but I thought she spent too much time on describing the characters and their interactions and thoughts and feelings in the first third or so of the book. I understand the need for character development so that everything th I liked this book. I did. How could I not like an Alien book written by Mira Grant? I was a bit disappointed in it though. I loved her descriptions of the aliens and their physiology, their movement and hunting habits, and, of course, their use of host bodies for ovipositing, but I thought she spent too much time on describing the characters and their interactions and thoughts and feelings in the first third or so of the book. I understand the need for character development so that everything that happens matters, but it made the book drag in those parts. And other characters' motivations made no sense. Yes, people often react irrationally in times of stress, but damn... I am probably being harder on this book than I would if it were written by another author because I know Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire is an amazing writer, and a lot of this book seemed a bit rushed and/or clumsy. Would I recommend it though? Yep. Amendment 6/8/19: I now feel I was harsher on the book than necessary due to adoring the author so much. This wasn't my favorite of her works, but it was fun for the horrific 2nd half. 4 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Cross

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasitology trilogy, I know that Grant has a pretty educated interest in biology/zoology/all-the-olo Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasitology trilogy, I know that Grant has a pretty educated interest in biology/zoology/all-the-ologies, and having the parents be xenobiologists and Olivia be interested in the subject was an absolutely perfect touch that added that much more to the novel. It is a shorter book (it is just shy of 300 pages) but (view spoiler)[the majority of it takes course over the span of a day so (hide spoiler)] it’s a good length. I do have a *small* complaint, but would I really even call it a complaint? Is it even something anyone else would notice? There’s a twist halfway through the book that, knowing how Mira Grant is as an author and the Alien universe as a topic, I saw coming about a chapter in. It doesn’t lessen the book by any means, so not even sure why I’m mentioning it except to pat myself on the back I guess.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MA

    I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. DNF @ 13% Is it so difficult to find a decent YA space opera? Read Across the Universe, Ender's Game or even These Broken Stars instead. I didn't realize Mira Grant was a pseudonym Seanan McGuire used. Every Heart a Doorway is a gem.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I'll read the next book, the potential for character growth is intriguing. I liked the main character and found the colony and research fascinating. The teenage point of view was well done, but my personal preference for YA novels is to not marginalize the adult characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justin Mazurek

    The only reason why I’m giving this novel four stars is because I’m really happy to see Alien being introduced to a new generation and also because of the fact that the main character, Olivia Shipp, is gay. Representation is super important, especially in today’s political climate. Also there was some pretty gory scenes near the end that will satisfy Alien and horror fans if you are really wanting to pick this up. Otherwise, I’d be giving this novel three stars. Alien: Echo was such a disappointm The only reason why I’m giving this novel four stars is because I’m really happy to see Alien being introduced to a new generation and also because of the fact that the main character, Olivia Shipp, is gay. Representation is super important, especially in today’s political climate. Also there was some pretty gory scenes near the end that will satisfy Alien and horror fans if you are really wanting to pick this up. Otherwise, I’d be giving this novel three stars. Alien: Echo was such a disappointment. I know it’s intended for a young adult audience but there were moments that were so juvenile that it was almost cringe worthy. The dialogue, and the characters actions—even from the adult characters—throughout were so stupid that I sometimes didn’t want to continue reading. Especially near the beginning of the novel. I forced myself to keep reading because I knew as soon as the beloved aliens were introduced that it would get better. And it definitely did improve, though unfortunately not enough for me to recommend this to any die-hard Alien fans out there. Too much unnecessary romance, slow start, ridiculous creatures that should have just been scrapped from the storyline, and not enough Xenomorph carnage that comes from any Alien/Prometheus storyline. I’ve read a lot of young adult novels, some that have had graphic scenes and much more mature characterization, that this could have been epic. Grant really let me down with this one, especially considering her experience with the horror genre.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Incorrigible_bibliophile

    It pains me to give this one star, but I did not enjoy this one. I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! I also loved that it was part of the Alien universe and thought that an original YA series would be awesome. Sadly, this wasn't the case and I'm questioning the high rating this has. It takes 150 pages for us to see any sign of action. I'm all about a slow burn, but that is waaaay too slow because that is half the book! Those 150 pages are spent listening to Olivia moan abou It pains me to give this one star, but I did not enjoy this one. I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! I also loved that it was part of the Alien universe and thought that an original YA series would be awesome. Sadly, this wasn't the case and I'm questioning the high rating this has. It takes 150 pages for us to see any sign of action. I'm all about a slow burn, but that is waaaay too slow because that is half the book! Those 150 pages are spent listening to Olivia moan about whether her crush likes her-likes her, or just likes her. As a fan of YA I get that a certain amount of angst is expected but this was really beyond annoying y'all. When the action finally does get going it feels...off. It doesn't flow well and it feels forced. I have to wonder if the author was forced to write within certain parameters since this is part of a large franchise. I've never read Grant's other works, which appeared to be beloved by the masses, but this one left me questioning her writing abilities. This one immediately went to the donate pile.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I love all Alien movies so I was curious how the storyline would work as a young adult novel. The level of horror is sufficient. Incorporating the android storyline did not work. It was completely ridiculous. The lesbian romance side plot fell so flat. I did like the biologist point of view.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book was so much fun!!! I've been a fan of 'Alien' since I first saw it on TV as a teen but I never read any of the books or graphic novels associated with the world. (I also wasn't a huge fan of the sequel movies but I did enjoy them.) However, this book was written by one of my favorite authors so I decided to give it a shot and I am so very glad that I did! 'Alien: Echo' works on many different levels. It's a great, fast-paced action-adventure novel perfect for young adults (and adults) This book was so much fun!!! I've been a fan of 'Alien' since I first saw it on TV as a teen but I never read any of the books or graphic novels associated with the world. (I also wasn't a huge fan of the sequel movies but I did enjoy them.) However, this book was written by one of my favorite authors so I decided to give it a shot and I am so very glad that I did! 'Alien: Echo' works on many different levels. It's a great, fast-paced action-adventure novel perfect for young adults (and adults) who enjoy sci-fi, adventure and monster stories. It's also a wonderful dip back into the world of 'Alien', bringing back all the angst and horror the movie is associated with. The main characters are great, the aliens are perfect and the open ending reminded me so much of the movie that I got chills. My one complaint is that I want MORE. Why is there not more story??? I need more!! I highly recommend this book to everyone who loved the movie 'Alien' and to everyone who's never seen (but will want to watch it as soon as they've finished reading).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    There's something missing to this book. I've noticed that sometimes when authors who usually write for a general audience write something for YA, it's missing a piece of story complexity. Or something. I think the problem here was that the first contact with the Alien wasn't with the main character -- everything felt so disorienting, like, are we in a rush to get off this planet? Or do we need extra reasons to interact with this monster? The author so deftly handled her monsters in both Rolling There's something missing to this book. I've noticed that sometimes when authors who usually write for a general audience write something for YA, it's missing a piece of story complexity. Or something. I think the problem here was that the first contact with the Alien wasn't with the main character -- everything felt so disorienting, like, are we in a rush to get off this planet? Or do we need extra reasons to interact with this monster? The author so deftly handled her monsters in both Rolling in the Deep and Into the Drowning Deep that it's not necessarily a *her* problem: in Into the Drowning Deep, the question there was similar to the question here -- it's not whether anyone will die, it's whether at the end anyone will still be alive. These monsters are deadly, and in the other book the tension was drawn beautifully. Not so much here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Myriam

    Perfect. No, seriously it's exactly what you expect when you hear "Mira Grant is writing a YA Alien novel". Of course the heroine is going to be worthy of Ripley, of course shit is going to get absolutely real and of course people are going to die horribly because we are dealing with xenomorphs here. Reading this reminded me a bit of The Force Awakens in the sense that the main story beats were so familiar. It's not meant as a criticism when I say that you will probably see every twist and turn c Perfect. No, seriously it's exactly what you expect when you hear "Mira Grant is writing a YA Alien novel". Of course the heroine is going to be worthy of Ripley, of course shit is going to get absolutely real and of course people are going to die horribly because we are dealing with xenomorphs here. Reading this reminded me a bit of The Force Awakens in the sense that the main story beats were so familiar. It's not meant as a criticism when I say that you will probably see every twist and turn coming if you're at all familiar with at least the first two Alien movies. You'll still be out of breath, utterly unable to put this down and rooting for Olivia and co. to make it off the planet in one piece.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Crossroads Library

    This review is posted on both the Crossroads Public Library goodreads and my personal account. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasit This review is posted on both the Crossroads Public Library goodreads and my personal account. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Let me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasitology trilogy, I know that Grant has a pretty educated interest in biology/zoology/all-the-ologies, and having the parents be xenobiologists and Olivia be interested in the subject was an absolutely perfect touch that added that much more to the novel. It is a shorter book (it is just shy of 300 pages) but (view spoiler)[the majority of it takes course over the span of a day so (hide spoiler)] it’s a good length. I do have a *small* complaint, but would I really even call it a complaint? Is it even something anyone else would notice? There’s a twist halfway through the book that, knowing how Mira Grant is as an author and the Alien universe as a topic, I saw coming about a chapter in. It doesn’t lessen the book by any means, so not even sure why I’m mentioning it except to pat myself on the back I guess.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Wow. Woooooow. As a big fan of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, I take the series kind of seriously. Like “oh no. A YA Alien book?” serious. Boy, let me tell you. If you like Alien, you’ve got to read this. It starts almost like you’d expect a 20-teen sci-fi YA book to start, but almost immediately it BECOMES an Alien novel and does. Not. Stop. I couldn’t put it down! (Okay, I put it down a few times today, but a mans gotta eat). Mira Grant’s understanding of Xenomorphs and clear infatuation with biology Wow. Woooooow. As a big fan of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, I take the series kind of seriously. Like “oh no. A YA Alien book?” serious. Boy, let me tell you. If you like Alien, you’ve got to read this. It starts almost like you’d expect a 20-teen sci-fi YA book to start, but almost immediately it BECOMES an Alien novel and does. Not. Stop. I couldn’t put it down! (Okay, I put it down a few times today, but a mans gotta eat). Mira Grant’s understanding of Xenomorphs and clear infatuation with biology is evident and a major plus to this book. Please read this book. Even if you don’t like Alien but you like sci-fi or suspense. Please. (Thank you Kelli, for all but forcing me to read this. I trust your judgement on literally anything now.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mili

    Oh man I was looking forward to loving Alien: Echo. Sadly it wasn't for me. 2🌟. The plot was way too YA for my liking. So if you love your story constantly being diverted back to kissing and angsty teenage feels. And while being in danger keep thinking about kissing and what not. Then go ahead! Yes there were aliens thank god and I loved those bits - but oh that kiss- and there was def gore bits - but damn those lips and soft hair-. 🙊🙈. Plot wise it started nice with a bit info on the planet and Oh man I was looking forward to loving Alien: Echo. Sadly it wasn't for me. 2🌟. The plot was way too YA for my liking. So if you love your story constantly being diverted back to kissing and angsty teenage feels. And while being in danger keep thinking about kissing and what not. Then go ahead! Yes there were aliens thank god and I loved those bits - but oh that kiss- and there was def gore bits - but damn those lips and soft hair-. 🙊🙈. Plot wise it started nice with a bit info on the planet and some weird ass creatures before all teenage stuff. It just wasn't balanced for me. I expected more aliens and less smoochy. And Michel...I was annoyed half of the time. I am bummed! That cover roooocks though 😍. . Mira Grant has many more books and I am sure I will love more of her work. Into the Drowning Deep was such a strong read! And YA isn't always bad and I felt like this author might make it work for me. Just not with this book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    Finally a YA book set in the Alien universe aka one of my favorite things ever. I really hope she writes a sequel for this asap! I need to know what happens to these girls.

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