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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,628 ratings  ·  213 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
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
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
We both belonged nowhere in this world except, maybe, with each other.

Audrey's parents raised her on art and philosophy, taught her to love books and music. To stay human in a world where technology has exceeded people's humanity, she keeps the values her parents passed on to her close to her heart.

Daniel is an Echo - a machine made in a lab, designed to look human, created to serve a master. But he's more than that. Daniel can feel pain and love and wonder and curiosity, and that makes him hum
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
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,
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
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!
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
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new_own
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 w
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
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.
(view spoiler)
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
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
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.
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
Katy Noyes
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dystopia channeling Blade Runner and A.I. for teens

What better way to spark an interest in sci-fi dystopia than a book that reminds you of the above? A murder, a family story, but most of all a treatise on humanity and technology.

Audrey's father is anti-Echo (a human-built machine that acts as an aide, a teacher, almost any role), in fact he's writing a book about the pitfalls. Her world is turned very suddenly upside down when the Echo they recently bought following his car accident kills both
Michele Harrod
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I NEED MORE STARS!!! This was fabulous. Genius, frightening and beautiful, all wrapped into one fast-paced, unputdownable YA thriller. How this is not a movie or a Netflix series already, is beyond me! Imagine the world, 100 years from now. Actually, once you read this, you might not want to. Or maybe you'll be even more motivated to create a far better one than Matt Haig has glimpsed is coming our way. This all felt far too possible, which made it so cleverly terrifying and in places, unbearabl ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
About a hundred years from now, the world as we know it has been altered by climate change and a series of related catastrophes. Technological advances have led to the development of Echos, highly capable androids devoid of emotion that look almost exactly like humans and were designed to perform any number of tasks required by their human masters. Audrey's father has always warned her about the dangers increasingly advanced AIs and other technology people surround themselves with on a daily bas ...more
Sleepless Dreamer
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's sad to rate a Matt Haig book like this but I don't feel like I have a choice.

This book falls into a lot of common troupes. You have the girl who lost her parents, the uncle that may or may not be evil, the robot that has emotions, the robot that malfunctions, the question of emotions in machines and so on. This book has a lot in common with the film Bicentennial Man (RIP Robin Williams, that film is so underrated). I usually don't read much sci-fi so it says something that I predicted the
J.A. Belfield
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Warning: Contains Some Spoilers**

I was excited to receive a copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig as the concept sounded intriguing, and it turned out to keep me as entertained as I hoped.
MC, Audrey is distraught over the murder of her parents and needs support and guidance. However, nobody is who or what they seem, and support doesn’t always come from the places she expects it to, and help comes from the last place she’d imagined.
Alongside her is Daniel, an Echo—intelligent robots designed to fit in
Emmi Bee
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having just recently read The Humans, I seem to be developing quite a love for Matt Haig's stories of philosophical introspection... and once again with Echo Boy, Matt Haig has asked one of life's greatest questions: "What does it mean to be human?" And has presented the reader with a platform on which to form our answer.

Echo Boy is an excellent YA sci-fi thriller that presents a future world so rooted in today's society, it feels like a premonition. I really feel that the world-building itself
Rebecca Bradley
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, let’s first deal with the fact that I have a crush on the writerly goings on that is Matt Haig. I’m not sure there is anything he could write that I wouldn’t like. He could probably write a shopping list and I’d adore it (a bit cliché maybe?) . So, that’s out there, you basically know what you’re going to get from my thoughts from here on in. I will try to do the book a bit more justice than just gush though. (And bear in mind I said I’d try, so if you can’t cope with that thought, you may ...more
Clare Snow
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: androids everywhere
Echo Boy is a somewhat predictable romance with sci-fi action and adventure thrown in. I now know what androids really dream of - (view spoiler)

TW: there's quite a lot of suicidal ideation.

Matt Haig’s world building is exceptional and often comedic with his predictions for Audry’s climate-changed Earth. Cardio was found to be a waste of time and everyone is obsessed with yoga.
"I am sure artists like Matisse would have agreed. The price of imagination is pain."

Sarah Broadley
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah: Mind Log 001

I woke up today not really knowing where I was and what I was meant to do. From what I can remember I had just spent the evening in bed finishing this book. I really thought I was going to read it in one sitting but I couldn't. I have kids who like to stay awake in the school holidays. I have to pick my battles.

What can I say - another fantastic read from Matt Haig. A poignant futuristic and yet very intriguing story about families and how things may not always seem to be wha
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This YA novel didn’t quite transcend the genre to make me really love it, but I did enjoy it on the whole, and certainly I found it an interesting and thought-provoking read. It’s well written and well-paced, with a convincing storyline and credible characters – both human and non-human. And that’s very much the point – what happens when we create artificial intelligence with the potential to think for itself. The main protagonist is a feisty teenage girl who has to face just such a scenario fol ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
While I'm not certain this book was entirely for me I can certainly think of several people I'd happily recommend it to.

Echo boy is set in the future in a works where echos are used as robotic human like servants and starts dramatically with the death of the main character's parents at the hands of one of the echos. The story then follows her as she goes to stay with her uncle, the man who owns the company who produces echos and gets to the bottom of the murder.

The world presented in echo boy
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the 3rd book I have read from the NETBA shortlist this year. I can't say I didn't enjoy it because I actually did but I just can't say I am ecstatically overwhelmed by the story or characters. I liked the concept very much and the AI debate is so constant now but I felt that there was something missing from the story. I think it may have something to do with the fact that Alex was such an obvious bad guy and I just wasn't surprised by any major plot twists, which after reading YA books s ...more
Angela Oliver
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aside from the rather abrupt ending - I want more damnit! - this was, as always, an outstanding book. Matt Haig is a brilliant wordsmith and sadly underrated and unknown. His characterisation is sublime, his imagination commendable. Each of his novels has its own unique touch - he writes fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction and magical realism, all with great skill and creativity. His stories (almost) always make the reader think, asking questions of a philosphical or moral nature and leav ...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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