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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    ...and my library hold for the audio just came through!

    Celebration!!!

  • 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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