Alien: Echo

Alien: Echo

An original young adult novel of the Alien universeOlivia 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...

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Title:Alien: Echo
Author:Mira Grant
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Alien: Echo Reviews

  • Sophie

    Cosa succede quando una delle autrici più brillanti, talentuose e originali che tu abbia mai avuto il piacere di leggere decide di scrivere un libro dedicato a uno dei tuoi franchise cinematografici preferiti di sempre?

    “Alien: Echo”, alias lo YA horror più divertente, incalzante, ironico, brutale e intelligente su cui mi sia mai capitato di mettere le mani: ecco che cosa succede. Se amate la quadrilogia originale di “Alien” (e se, come me, preferite far finta che quell’ampolloso pasticcio in sal

    Cosa succede quando una delle autrici più brillanti, talentuose e originali che tu abbia mai avuto il piacere di leggere decide di scrivere un libro dedicato a uno dei tuoi franchise cinematografici preferiti di sempre?

    “Alien: Echo”, alias lo YA horror più divertente, incalzante, ironico, brutale e intelligente su cui mi sia mai capitato di mettere le mani: ecco che cosa succede. Se amate la quadrilogia originale di “Alien” (e se, come me, preferite far finta che quell’ampolloso pasticcio in salsa Fassbender chiamato “Covenant” sia stato solo un brutto sogno…), leggete questo romanzo, e giuro che non ve ne pentirete. Perché Mira Grant adora questi film almeno tanto quanto noi e, se mai è esistita un’autrice degna di essere incoronata reginetta incontrastata del genere “survival horror”, posso assicurarvi che quella è sicuramente lei!

    Vi consiglierei, del resto, di fare un pensierino su questo titolo perfino se non foste particolarmente amanti del genere; credo infatti che “Alien: Echo” rappresenti una piccola, imperdibile chicca per qualsiasi fan del lavoro della Grant (o di Seanan McGuire, che poi è dire la stessa cosa…)

    Questo libro potrebbe facilmente aspirare a diventare un capitolo onorario (e sanguinosissimo) della serie “Wayward Children”, per quanto mi riguarda; immaginate solo di trovare un portale in grado di trasportarvi su Zagreus, e provate a pensare a quello che potrebbe capitarvi di affrontare, una volta arrivati laggiù…

  • Devann

    Loved this! And this is coming from someone's whose entire sum experience of the Alien universe comes from a vague feeling that I

    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

    Loved this! And this is coming from someone's whose entire sum experience of the Alien universe comes from a vague feeling that I

    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

    it. Would definitely recommend it to fans of her work, even if you haven't previously read/watched anything in the Alien franchise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    . 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

    . 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

    , it was "the needle bit my palm" or something along these lines. In

    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:

    -

    -

    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 "

    prime".

    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.

    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

    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

    stop loving her.

  • karen

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

  • megs_bookrack

    Mira Grant tackles the Alien franchise.

    My heart may explode in anticipation!

  • Tucker

    I. CAN'T. EVEN.

    GiveItToMeNow!!!!

  • ♠️ 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

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