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No True Echo

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Nothing ever happens in idyllic Wellcome Valley, much to Eddie Dane’s dismay. Then, one day, Scarlett White steps onto the school bus. She’s a stranger but somehow familiar. Equal parts smitten and intrigued, Eddie tries to get to know her but finds she has more questions about him. Curious questions about his dead mother.

One day he follows Scarlett to a remote house, wher
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 2015)
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA) I found out that the main character is 12, so I suppose it's middle grade, though it's also shelved as YA.

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Marie the Librarian
A solid 4-star! The only negative is that its a bit confusing with all the timejumps, it demands a strong and focused reader! Otherwise I really liked it!!
Shelbie Ammirati
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I felt this book to be a bit scattered...or maybe jumpy is the better word. The concept of the book was really what drew me in, but I felt like there wasn't much substance and it was pretty confusing to read. I didn't connect well with the characters and felt a lot like Eddie did throughout the book: lost and confused. Melody, in my opinion was just unlikable and I felt like Liphook was a useless character.

I wish the book could've panned out better. I did enjoy the writing style and read it fai
Sean Randall
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“So you're telling me that today is two days ago, tomorrow is yesterday and what was today hasn't happened yet?”

This is absolutely and without doubt my best time travel book of the year so far. It crackles along at a breakneck pace and has characters both deep and meaningful

“We shouldn't talk,” said Angus. “Why? Are you worried that we might say something that actually makes sense?”

The complexities of time travel do strain the reader a little, but the fun factor is always there, and the dialo
Paul Decker
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from ABRAMS KIds and Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love time travel stories, especially ones that convince me that time travel could actually exist. This book takes a really interesting twist on time travel: Echo Technology. But is it really time travel?

With this novel, you have to suspend your disbelief and accept the terms of the world and just go with it. The plot lead to wonderful confusion and brain bending concepts. But, it
American Mensa
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
With an attraction already developed in both the title and the cover art, No True Echo is definitely an attention-grabber. Any fantasy-loving teen will appreciate this intriguing novel, which combines the best of action, mystery, crime, and a bit of romance. Young Eddie Dane and his fun-loving friend must try to understand the confusing tangles of time travel, and so must the reader. Though the intricate plot and subtle hints may incite the reader to read through the story again to see what they ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a lot more confusing than I was expecting it to be.

I didn't really care for Eddie. His search for answers and incessant questions come across as needy and whiny. His BFF, Angus, is supposed to be the humor, but it fell flat for me.

I did like the idea of the premise and wanting to know what was happening is the only reason I kept reading. When it came to the time jumping and the echoes and pretty much everything science-y I was completely lost.

I can definitely see how people will real
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
David Hammond Jr.                                                                                                             12.1.17
St. Christopher                                                                                                                          ELA

    “No True Echo”, a science fiction novel written by Gareth P. Jones, is a captivating and compelling book of a young boy named Eddy Dane who is trapped repeating the same day over and over again. Throughout the story Eddy tr
Vesper Vesper
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“It’s a picture of regret, it can’t be finished.”

No True Echo is an interesting story about echo-jumping (time travel). The whole premise is wonderful and intriguing enough to keep its readers…well… reading. It started off somewhat slow, but not enough that I felt like I couldn’t continue.

The characters are greatly thought out, making them believable and providing a personal connection. The little “relationship” (I use quotations for a reason) between Scarlett and Eddie is really adorable…
Although I was initially quite skeptical of "No True Echo"'s seemingly bizarre, scattered premise, I quickly discovered that its positive elements heavily outweighed its negative counterparts. I mean, a science-fiction novel with a thorough, analytic explanation supporting its outlandish events? Unfathomable!
What I truly adored regarding the plot of "No True Echo", however, was its endless number of possible interpretations. Had it illustrated the fierce, invincible power of human reasoning an
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love time travel stories with complicated repercussions and messy timelines and especially the rules and how exactly time travel is implemented. This book was one of those stories. I really enjoyed learning more about echo jumping little by little as the story progressed, much like Eddie did. It was very cool how everything meshed together at the end. I also loved the design of this book, from the cover to how the book was made to look like it was written over a copy of Frankenstein. Truly a f ...more
Susan Monmaney
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical time travel book. Teens will relate to Eddie's frustration of living in a place (and time) when nothing seems to change. As he begins to realize that this may not be the full story, readers are drawn into the complex scenarios and ethical challenges of traveling through time. #mpsvt #vsla
Anne Grete Holje
I liked the story about the people, but I didn`t understand the timetravel part of it.
I am glad I did not read it to my 10 year old son, but only to my self.
This book is to complicated for kids, and some grownups like me.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for this book although the idea of a decision creating multiple ripples through history was intriguing.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Confusing, interesting and entertaining. So not what I was expecting but a good read.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: time-travel fans, mystery fans
This is better than many adult-aimed time-travel novels. I wish the author wrote more science fiction.
Maxine ❃ etherealpages
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
DNF - 28%

"Humans, with our endless desire to push back boundaries, are the greatest monsters of all."

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the first several chapters. There were lots of highlight-worthy quotes that kept me engrossed.
"Who decides this natural course of events? Who controls our fates? Those with money. Those with power. It’s always the rich. The idea of fate is a tool of repression. The powerful have always preached to those with nothing that they must accept their lives and
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my YA book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Eddie is your average teenage boy - going to school, spending time with friends, riding his bike, and he lives in the middle of nowhere where nothing ever really happens. He lives with his grandmother (who he calls Ruby because she hates being called grandma), and while she has some good days (where she likes to paint and she's cheerful), she also has some bad days (where she lies on the couch watching game shows and d
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to ABRAMS Kids for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley for the purposes of review**

I’m usually wary of time travel novels — time travel anything, really. I think the concept of time travel is a wonderful staple of science fiction, but at the price of being a kind of double-edged sword. There’s two-ish routes a creative may go: either take the time to explain all the time travel — even at least some of it, hence the “ish” — OR explain nothing at all and expect the a
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Thank you so much to Amulet Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

No True Echo was honestly a mind-bending read that I just could not bring myself to put down. It was about a highschool student named Eddie. He and his best friend, Angus, live in a rather boring town called Wellcome Valley. One day when he gets on the bus, a new girl named Scarlett gets on. She's unlike anything that Eddie had ever seen before. In English class, she even has a lot to say about Fr
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars Original review at

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

♦ I was not expecting to like No True Echo as much as I did. I was expecting a cutesy YA book focusing on a romance with the time travel as the secondary story line. Instead I got a book depicting what happens when technology is used to further personal agenda. I really cannot describe the book much as al
Wellcome Valley was a quiet place. Eddie Dane had his best friend and his grandmother and not much happened until Scarlett came to town. Scarlett's arrival ushered in a murder, an accident, an investigation, and a long-lost family member. Now Eddie is trapped in a time loop reliving the same day over and over again.

No True Echo was a surprising delight. I was not expecting to like Gareth P. Jones's book as much as I did. Truth be told, I think I was putting it off because I was worried it wou
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it

Some semi-spoilers below......

Along the lines of Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me ( which was an awesome time travel suspense book and highly recommended by me), No True Eco is a quick read, page turner. Yes, some reviews have it right... the reader is just a confused as Eddie most of the time, but isn't that the fun of time travel books, people? characters are engageable ( Angus ), quirky ( Ruby )and disappointing ( mostly Melody cuz you just want her to be an awesome mom!) I have th
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The beginning did not quite lead to the story that I expected but the time travel elements were very intriguing. I felt like it was wanting to be a crime novel in the guise of an exploration about who controls history and its meaning but didnt fully accomplish either. Still, really interesting ideas and a good read.
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really enjoyed this novel. There are a few things that kept me from loving it, but overall I thought it was an interesting premise and I really enjoyed the read.

Full review can be found on my blog the 21st of October:
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel and read it over the course of two days. Eddy may not be my favorite protagonist ever, but I enjoyed the story wholeheartedly. I love time-travel stories, and this one had a fresh take. I found this one a good read.
Gina Schaarschmidt
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ms-time-travel
I really like time travel stories and this one is smart and delightfully confusing. It's European (this helps to know when you encounter some of the vocabulary), quirky and smart. It reminds me a little of Planesrunner, which I loved. A real mind bender.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Wow! Where to even begin? This was not just a thrill-ride of time leaps and bounds, but a love story, a backwards murder mystery and a heart-wrenching tale of lives gone awry. A very captivating story that I often thought about even when I wasn't reading it.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read this, I loved the science fiction aspect of "echos". Very intriguing at the least :)
Kerryn Dempsey
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened to the audiobook in the car and really enjoyed it.
Confusing and brilliant.
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Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.

Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began

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