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Alien: Echo

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  253 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
ebook, 320 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. (Noth…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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Fun. Quick. Gory.

Alien: Echo, I liked it. I'm pleased I read it.

Definitely a solid creature feature. If you are looking for a book with monsters, this would definitely fulfill that desire.

ALIEN monsters!

This story follows twins, Olivia and Violet, who have recently moved to a new colony on a distant planet.

Their parents are xenobiologists and they travel frequently, getting called to far off places to research new found alien life.

Violet is suffering from a debilitating illness that keeps her
Aug 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
i don't even like alien stuff, but if mira grant is going alien, i'm right there waiting in line for it. ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, sci-fi
Don't judge. In a universe where we're always the warm, soft fleshbags, a perfect breeding ground for natural born killers, there's GOTTA be an upside. Right?

Well, here's the formula: Get yourself all cozy with family. Develop all those characters, make them interesting. Give them flaws, give them a little, but not too much angst. Make it YA with a TON of hormones and crushing and even give them a chance to invite all the kids over for a little party out in the boonies of this colony world while
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
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 (view spoiler)
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 Alien: Echo. 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
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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 ...more
Rhieanna Young
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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’ ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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
Ben Brown
Look: most days of the week, there’s only so much excitement that I can conjure up about a YA book – they’re just not my thing. That being said…any new book set in the ‘Alien’ universe will almost always automatically pique my interest, and with Mira Grant writing – she of the fantastic “Newsflesh Trilogy: – I was curious to see what ‘Alien: Echo’ would be like.

And basically…

It was a YA book.

Set in the ‘Alien’ universe.

What a...shock?

To be fair, ‘Alien: Echo’ isn’t bad – it’s just kind of e
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Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr


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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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Lily G
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am of the opinion that it's important to always remember that authors are people just like the rest of us, and so, even though I can quite frankly say I hate this book, I mean no ill will toward the author. This is all my opinion, and I know it's a less common one around here.

When I saw this book in the bookstore, I made an embarrassing excited sound! My favorite science fiction IP combined with my favorite book genre?


I have read pretty much every Alien novel, watched all of the films i
I picked this up because I was excited about YA Mira Grant and I SHOULD have noticed that this was an Alien property because it says it ALL over the book and there are alien eggs on the cover and still I did not realize until I was well into the story because I am a dope. Anyway, I (predictably) loved this so much.

I think Mira Grant does monster stories so well and her books give me the same feels as reading Jurassic Park as a 12-year-old and this is no exception. It's gory and gross and there
Alien: Echo is a YA novel set in the Alien universe, which is such an odd concept that I read it out of curiosity. I've also been meaning to read a Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) for some time, so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

Alien: Echo is about Olivia and her twin sister and echo Viola. Olivia and Viola (get it?) are the daughters of Xenobiologists who have traveled to a small planet to research the natural life on that planet, the most dangerous of which is a burrowing worm.
Kris Sellgren
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is well-written, fast-paced YA horror on a colony planet. I’ve never seen any of the Alien movies. So I have no idea whether Grant did a good job with those particular aliens. But I thought she did a great job with the various plants and animals native to the planet. Our heroine, whose parents are xenobiologists, wants to be one when she grows up. So, on her first date with the girl she has a crush on, she takes her out to the wild to see the cool flora and fauna. They walk into carnivorous ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, fun y.a. entry in the Alien universe... it's not a particularly terrific Mira Grant novel, but it's a fast-paced (despite more romance than I recall in any prior Alien story) franchise adventure. My only real complaint is that the protagonist is supposed to be an intelligent, experienced, well-educated student of biology... and yet she doesn't notice something rather important about her twin sister, with whom she spends most of her time.... and why is the sister even pretending t ...more
Lesa Divine
2 🌟

Sorry wasn't for me. Just meh. The world building sucks.
I was hoping for more.

Twins....on a planet with parents when an unknown ship crashes with aliens aboard.

Twin Oliva on the run to save her twin sister and a girl she's interested in. While they trying to find answers they are prey.

Just meh.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m conflicted.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This book gives us some heroines that Ripley would be proud of!

Alien: Echo is an original young adult novel set in the Alien film universe which means yes, we absolutely get to see the creepy, drooly, chittering aliens from the movies.

The premise: Twin sisters Olivia and Viola are daughters of two xenobiologists (coolest job title ever.) Their family is stationed on a new colony world. When they discover a new and deadly alien species (hmm, I wonder what it could be?) they are forced on the run
I liked this book. I did. How could I not like an Alien book written by Mira Grant? I was a bit disappointed in it though. I loved her descriptions of the aliens and their physiology, their movement and hunting habits, and, of course, their use of host bodies for ovipositing, but I thought she spent too much time on describing the characters and their interactions and thoughts and feelings in the first third or so of the book. I understand the need for character development so that everything th ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I'll read the next book, the potential for character growth is intriguing. I liked the main character and found the colony and research fascinating. The teenage point of view was well done, but my personal preference for YA novels is to not marginalize the adult characters. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are too happy
Shelves: fiction, horror, sf
It's a decent Alien book, it's a fast read but don't start it unless you have time to finish it! I was up too late! ...more
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Reminds me of how much I like the Alien films.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
For context, I have no interest in the Alien franchise (horror is not my thing, even if it's in space), but I love Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire's work, so I had to read it. As far as I can tell, the only tie into the world is the aliens, so it wasn't a problem at all being unfamiliar with the films.

My expectations were somewhat low, despite my love of the author's work. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's very much a horror, and the character development is a bi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Another lost review from the new baby days! If you haven't experienced those hazy days yourself and have your doubts as to their existence, I recently listened to the audio version of C.J. Tudor's The Hiding Place convinced it had been ages since I read it. Nope, I read it in February of this year! Time is all relative when you have a new baby in the house!

Alien: Echo was read in the same time period and I never did get around to posting about it. But, I'm a die hard Alien fan and an equally die
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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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