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Alien: Echo

(Echo #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  28 reviews
An original young adult novel of the Alien universe

Olivia 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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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Imprint
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Jill OK, bought it and read it for myself, because I love Mira Grant anyway. My answer: It will be fine for him and he's getting the copy for Easter.…moreOK, bought it and read it for myself, because I love Mira Grant anyway. My answer: It will be fine for him and he's getting the copy for Easter. (Nothing says Easter like Aliens, am I right?) I think it's fine for a reader who's not too fazed by literary alien/fantasy violence and knows what they're getting into. I'm expecting some "ewwwws" at the romance/kissing parts (because, 10), but I think he's going to be intrigued at the working of the colony and into the action.(less)

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megs_bookrack
Yessss!!!!

Mira Grant tackles the Alien franchise.
My heart may explode in anticipation!

karen
Aug 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i don't even like alien stuff, but if mira grant is going alien, i'm right there waiting in line for it.
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
I. CAN'T. EVEN.

GiveItToMeNow!!!!
Devann
People sure do love creating life. They forget that life, once created, carries no innate obligation toward whoever made it. Life does what it wants, and screw anyone who gets in its way.

Loved this! And this is coming from someone's whose entire sum experience of the Alien universe comes from a vague feeling that I surely must have 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
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♠️ Tabi ♠️
Apr 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
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
Matisse
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sophie
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
Matthew Galloway
It was interesting to see the franchise through the eyes of someone else and to see how some of the staples of the series were revealed in this installment. One of those reveals initially bothered me because it seemed as if it should have changed reactions to that person, but almost immediately I realized how beautiful that acceptance was and should just be a real world thing. I was also initially bummed when Olivia got hand-wavy about biology because it was uncool parent stuff since I LOVE alie ...more
Roz
I’m conflicted.
Darcy
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Jen
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun!!! I've been a fan of 'Alien' since I first saw it on TV as a teen but I never read any of the books or graphic novels associated with the world. (I also wasn't a huge fan of the sequel movies but I did enjoy them.) However, this book was written by one of my favorite authors so I decided to give it a shot and I am so very glad that I did! 'Alien: Echo' works on many different levels. It's a great, fast-paced action-adventure novel perfect for young adults (and adults) ...more
Unseen Library
For this week's Waiting on Wednesday review, I will be looking at one of the more interesting looking movie tie-in books of early 2019, Alien: Echo by Mira Grant. If you look back at some of the books I have reviewed in the past, it is pretty clear that I love novels that tie in to movies, television shows, video games and comic book series. Therefore, when I saw this tie-in to the classic Alien movies, I knew that I would have to read it, especially as it's being written by skilled horror autho ...more
Katya Becerra
I'm. So. Here. For. This.

Heather
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I heard there was an Alien novel coming out, I was cautiously intrigued. When I heard it was being written by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) I immediately bought Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe and sat down to read it. One of my favorite horror franchises together with one of my favorite, most consistently excellent authors–I knew it was going to be good! It managed to be every bit as amazing as I dared to hope it would be.

I love the fact that Olivia’s intensiv
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Liz L
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid Aliens book.

I, much like Murderbot ("I didn’t want to see helpless humans. I’d rather see smart ones rescuing each other"), prefer my protagonists smart and put in situations where they can use their smarts to their advantage. This book was always going to be a good time because it's Mira Grant and it's xenomorphs and you really can't go wrong. But I was delighted to realize that on top of that, it was really, really fun to see a character not only be smart in a specific and use
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Michael
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I never read book reviews, or even book descriptions, I know almost nothing about a book before I buy it. Thus, I had no idea that Alien: Echo a YA novel set in the Alien universe. There's lots of teen angst, kids having to grow up real fast surrounded by alien killing machines, the idea that adults are fallible etc. The violence is dialed down, characterization dialed up. I'm giving it 4 stars because Grant is a great writer, and Alien: Echo is everything a YA novel should be, and then some ...more
Samantha
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
It took me a few days to read this book and another two times before I can say more than, Yes this! I love the Alien franchise and this book kept the love going. We get to see strong females carrying and expanding the story as well as having new experiences. I enjoyed being able to see and experience not only the terrifying beauty and violence of the Aliens taking a new world but the human drama of living or not through it. The author delivered an amazing story for old and new fans alike.
Michelle
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 This YA scifi horror is exactly like an Alien movie, but with teenagers and first love. Olivia's life is forever changed as her xenobiologist parents accidentally discover those horrible terrors of space. The xenobiologist part of this was fascinating, but the F/F love story was just ok. It definitely made me want to watch Prometheus again.
May Walsh
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve tried reading other books set in the Alien universe, none have captured my attention like this one. I could not stop myself from devouring it in a day! Gripping plot, diverse characters, LGBTQA friendly, and lets not forget terrifying.
Fingers crossed Mira Grant will be able to write more Alien books.
John Clark
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scary, fast-paced and with some neat twists as well as a couple of matter-of-fact girls in love with each other and aliens who if you met them personally would require CPR and clean underwear, sum up this story. Teens who like scary science-fiction with a cliffhanger finale (strongly suggesting a sequel). I liked it big time.
Karen
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Oh my god!!!
Seanan/Mira is just the GOAT!

Loved this entry into the Alienverse.
Kelli
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, young-adult
2.5
Tracey
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A YA spin-off of the Alien movies. Unfamiliar planet, familiar monsters, lots of blood and gore and running and screaming, and some romance (because, of course, it's YA). Lots of fun!
Jill
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent tale. I love Mira Grant's writing and turn of phrase, and Olivia's voice was very real. I kind of saw the twist coming, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good. Recommended!
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C
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