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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,337 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Audrey's father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo - but he's not like the others. He feels a connection w ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by RHCP (first published February 6th 2014)
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Liz Barnsley
Coming March 27th from Random House Children’s Publishers UK

I made a wish upon a star and it was granted via netgalley….

Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with A
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Leilah Skelton
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With a plot that grabs you by the wrist and pulls you through at breakneck speed, I barely caught a breath as I followed Audrey and Daniel on their race to find answers, and to avoid danger, and to make sense of the world around them. This is a near-future world, cleverly researched, with an Earth blasted by climate change and integrated with technology to ethically questionable levels.

Like ‘The Humans’, (Haig’s previous novel) we are given a concept at the edges of believability which cleverly
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Gergana
Sep 16, 2015 marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me
Read from December 18 to 22, 2015
Arrrgghhhh! Echo Boy is a tough one to review... Earlier this year I read a book called The Humans by Matt Haig and it was one of my top 10 favorite book for 2015! Without a doubt, The Humans was written by an alien, because it was just too perfect for me! So perfect, that I couldn't even find the right words to review it (and I was a little bit lazy, I admit). So the moment I got my hands on Echo Boy, I was squealing with joy, expecting another spiritual and tho
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BooksandtheirWorld
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelesen
In Echo Boy von Matt Haig, dreht sich alles um das Jugendliche Mädchen Audrey.
Sie lebt mir ihren Eltern in einer Zukunftswelt in der es Echos gibt, künstliche Menschen die uns bis aufs Haar gleichen. Sie gehorchen den Befehlen ihrer Herren. Ein Echo hat im Gegensatz zu uns Menschen jedoch keine Gefühle.

Die junge Audrey lebt mit ihren Eltern und einer Haushaltsecho noch nicht allzu lange in einem Haus, als es passiert. Die Echo scheint eine Fehlfunktion zu haben, und tötet Audreys Eltern. Voller
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Sarah
3.5 stars

Echo Boy is a futuristic novel set in a world where global warming has caused drastic changes to the landscape as we know it now. Technology has come far enough that people can travel anywhere in the world in under an hour and that nearly every home has it's own echo (an android) to carry out chores. The echoes are designed to look human and come covered in real flesh, the only way to tell them apart is that they are slightly too perfect to be real.

Audrey's father is strongly against t
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Lisa
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I started Echo Boy, I didn't want to put it down. And that was annoying, because I had a very busy week, so my sleep has suffered a bit. But the joy of reading this book was worth those lost hours of sleep.

What impressed me most with Echo Boy was Haig's desire to work out what it truly means to be human, and at what point is something classified as being "alive". Haig has a real understanding of how humans feel and portray emotion, and also how confusing certain feelings can be,
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Karen Cole
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have made no secret of my love for Matt Haig's previous book, The Humans - not only was it my favourite book last year, it's also one of my favourite books ever. So I have been eagerly looking forward to reading Echo Boy ever since Matt first announced it was to be his next book. It's not due to be published until March but thankfully I was able to acquire an advance copy through Netgalley (I could pretend that I didn't obsessively check to see if my request was approved several times over the ...more
Glory
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Итак, Одри и Дэниел.
Девушка, потерявшая родителей и вынужденная перебраться к дяде. И Эхо, не человек - вещь, созданная, чтобы служить человеку.
Извечные вопросы о душе, о масках и чувствах. О техническом прогрессе и окружающем нас мире.
О человеческой жестокости и совершенстве несовершенных вещей.

От книги сложно оторваться, и хотя при желании я могла бы позанудствовать - желания как-то не возникло.
Тяжело не поддаться автору, который умело давит на болевые точки и показывает нам всю историю п
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Natalie
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
A perfectly fine teenage novel with a rather good concept. However, for me, I felt Matt Haig tried to repeatedly bludgeon me over the head with his Sci-Fi concepts. A serious lack of subtlety. I get it Matt Haig, its in the future, its all technologically weird etc etc etc - but the ideas are not perhaps as clever as you think they are; there's really no need to reference them constantly. Please give your readers a little more credit. Reign it in a bit and you've got a far better book!
Alexandra Lucia
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Aceasta carte ne da o lectie despre umanitate, despre ce inseamna sa simti cu adevarat. Mi-a placut extrem de mult. Mai multe pe blog: https://cartidereferinta.wordpress.co... ^.^
Rebecca
I just ordered the paperback and I'm so excited. Not only because it's written by Matt Haig but also the wonderful quotes I've read. I think I'm going to really like this book.
Caro Reads
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
3,5 Sterne. Eine interessante, spannende Zukunftsvision, die allerdings auch ziemlich erschreckend ist. Genau genommen möchte ich so eine Welt im Jahr 2100 nicht haben. (Mal davon abgesehen, dass ich es nicht erleben würde). Als Leser hab ich mich hier allerdings gefragt, welche Zielgruppe angesprochen werden soll. Es war locker geschrieben wie ein Jugendbuch (die Heldin ist 15), aber gleichzeitig waren auch viele Szenen enthalten, die ich in einem Buch für junge Leser nicht erwarten würde (insb ...more
Alina Geambasu
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte care m-a impresionat profund. Un roman foarte bine scris, emotionant, cu multa intriga, iar povestea dintre Audrey si Daniel mi-a mers la suflet. Viata, emotia si tristetea au fost tulburatoare.
Dani C
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed
Matt Haig is one of those rare authors where I will pick up any book he has written without the need to even read the synopsis. What the book is about is not so much of a concern to me any more – I know it is Matt Haig, and therefore I trust that I will love it.
That was exactly what happened with Echo Boy. I loved his last book, The Humans, so much that I didn't even read the synopsis before I bought it, and I still didn't look at it before I started reading.
I trust Matt to write an amazing stor
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Jules
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new_own
3.5/5
I did not planned buying this book but it was on a sale for about 2$, I gave it a try and I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Of course this is a young adult book with a light writing style and because of that half of the book was read in the bus. You also get your teenager character, some with the classic rebellious principles and actions. You might also find the mystery rather shallow and predictable and the suspense on the dull side.

Behind all of these aspects there is plenty for those wh
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Gabby
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up for a cheap price because the cover was pretty and I thought the blurb sounded interesting. If I could I would give this book 3.5 stars because I did enjoy the story line. The idea of the book was unique and interesting and I have never read anything like it before. I liked how it was fast paced and short (it only took me a day to read) but there are limitations to a short and fast paced book.

I felt like some things just randomly happened; for example there was a certain ki
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Luciana Pau
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Desi la inceput o asemanam putin cu "Starters", la final am realizat ca e diferita de tot ce-am citit pana acum. 3.75 :)
Diana Macovei
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Băiatul Echo ne arată perspectiva unei tehnologii avansate, cu boli incurabile şi mortale, vindecabile, cu normă de viaţă prelungită, cu oameni care pot alege să rămână cât mai tineri şi cu o viaţă longevivă. În mijlocul acestei lumi, va persista un singur lucru: contradicţiile, părerile diferite de opinii. Vom avea parte de aceleaşi tabere „pro” şi „contra”. Pro evoluţie tehnologică, contra abuzului tehnologic. Ambele tabere vor avea dreptate, ambele tabere vor greşi.
Băiatul Echo de Matt Haig e
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Coco
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannende Zukunftsvision, aber das Ende hat mich ein wenig enttäuscht. Da hätte ich mir eine richtige Lösung gewünscht.
Charlie
2.5 out of 5 stars

I expected so much more, to be honest. I expected a novel about the question where humanity ends and machines begin. What I got was a novel with shameless insta-love and a confusing worldbuilding.

The whole story takes place within four days or something and this is far too short for such an enormous character development. So many questions are left unanswered - even IF there is a second book, it's not the place and time to answer them.
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Weinlachgummi
Auf den ersten Jugendroman von Matt Haig war ich gespannt, letzten Frühling habe ich "Ziemlich Gute Gründe am Leben zu bleiben" von ihm gelesen, ein sehr persönliches Buch. Auch in Echo Boy bringt der Autor wieder viel von sich ein.

Der Punkt, an dem eine Maschine weinen will, ist der Punkt, an dem sie nicht länger als Maschine zu betrachten ist. Seite 366

Das Cover finde ich richtig schön. Der riesige Mond und das Pärchen davor, beide mehr Schatten wie Mensch. Dazu das Universum im Hintergrund.
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Kristi Sawyer
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Ohhh Matt Haig you wonderful human! Once again, this book was absolute perfection. You could give Haig’s storyline to any other author, and they would not be able to write it with anywhere near close to the beauty that he does.

This story was about the limits to which artificial intelligence must adhere in order that humans feel comfortable that it is a help, rather than a threat. A very interesting concept, and similar to some of Haig’s other stories, in the sense that he enjoys to deal with th
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Papierfliegerin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gelesen-2017
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Audrey lebt in einer Welt, die von moderner Technik bestimmt wird und in der künstliche Menschen, die sogenannten »Echos« , darauf programmiert sind, jeden Befehl ihres Besitzers auszuführen. Eines Tages passiert das Unfassbare: Ein scheinbar defekter Echo tötet Audreys Eltern. Mit knapper Not kann sie entkommen und findet Unterschlupf bei ihrem Onkel. Dort trifft sie auf Daniel. Daniel ist ein Echo – und er fühlt sich zu Audrey hingezogen, etwas, das eigentlich nicht sein kann. Doch e
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Denisa C
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I finished this yesterday. Totally forgot to write a review. What is wrong with me?
So. About Echo Boy. It was recommended to me over and over by a good friend with awesome taste in books. I agreed to read it. A science fiction standalone. Yes please.
Meet Audrey a girl living in a world where androids and robots are the most common thing. Not having one is really a peculiar thing.
I really liked the way the novel action entwined with the characters action.
Also I loved the way the novel is struct
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Insi Eule
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Lovestory hat mir jetzt nicht so richtig gefallen, weil sie nicht ganz plausibel war und auch sehr plötzlich kam, ohne dass die beiden viel miteinander gesprochen oder generell viel miteinander zu tun gehabt haben vorher. Zum Glück stand sie nicht im Vordergrund. Alles andere drumherum fand ich aber sehr schön gestaltet und die Frage nach der Menschlichkeit, die der Autor aufwirft, toll herausgearbeitet. Es hat sich super schön lesen lassen und ich fand es interessant, mich in dieser hochent ...more
Katrin
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга действительно очень интересная. Но я до сих пор не могу понять её концовки. Как по мне, книга как будто какая-то незаконченная. Такое чувство, что у неё есть продолжение, хотя его нет. Конечно, я хотела бы узнать, что будет дальше с Одри и Дэниелем, и что будет с дядей Одри. Но это не портит общего впечатления о книге. Мне она понравилась.
Luna
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Apart from the writing (which of course if wonderful) it’s the emotions that Echo Boy bring forth that really stuck with me. I was surprisingly attached to Audrey and Daniel, particularly the conundrum that Daniel’s existence his. Technically not ‘alive’ but yet he is. Also I rarely despise characters, even when they’re supposed to be evil yet Matt Haig succeeded in making me do just that.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 01, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: owned-tbr
North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2015
Durba
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second Matt Haig book I have read after ‘The Humans’. Matt Haig has a way – a definite way of compelling his readers imagine things about the future that don’t seem too far - fetched as he builds on just about the outer realms of reality - fueling the imagination but still deeply rooted into reality. ‘Echo Boy’ is one such example of extrapolation of reality (artificial intelligence) and what the world could look like given the unprecedented technological advancement and its impact o ...more
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, rive ...more
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