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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 un
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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
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun, quick and gory.



Okay. I like it.
I'm pleased I read it.

Definitely a solid creature feature. If you are looking for a book with monsters this month, 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 t
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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.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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) ...more
♠️ TABI ♠️
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
Nefeli
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 b
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Justine
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
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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
Tucker
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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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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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
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
Justin Mazurek
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason why I’m giving this novel four stars is because I’m really happy to see Alien being introduced to a new generation and also because of the fact that the main character, Olivia Shipp, is gay. Representation is super important, especially in today’s political climate. Also there was some pretty gory scenes near the end that will satisfy Alien and horror fans if you are really wanting to pick this up.

Otherwise, I’d be giving this novel three stars.

Alien: Echo was such a
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Darcy
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jenn
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, science-fiction
I love all Alien movies so I was curious how the storyline would work as a young adult novel. The level of horror is sufficient. Incorporating the android storyline did not work. It was completely ridiculous. The lesbian romance side plot fell so flat. I did like the biologist point of view.
Roz
I’m conflicted.
Ariel
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?) the
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Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing

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I love Mira Grant, but I do not love the Alien franchise.

In fact, I didn't realise this was actually a part of that franchise until halfway through. (Yep, I selectively read blurbs and reviews.) This is a problem because I only remember having watched Covenant from that franchise. (The series is on the to-watch list alright.)

So going into this book I expected there would be an entirely original world. Roughly a third or so into the story, I remember thinking the world-building wasn't spectacular... and then I realis
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Emily
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
Kelli Cross
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Let me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasitology trilogy, I know that Grant has a pretty educated interest in biology/zoology
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Craig
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
MA
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

DNF @ 13%

Is it so difficult to find a decent YA space opera?

Read Across the Universe, Ender's Game or even These Broken Stars instead.

I didn't realize Mira Grant was a pseudonym Seanan McGuire used. Every Heart a Doorway is a gem.
James
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!
Ann
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.
Incorrigible_bibliophile
It pains me to give this one star, but I did not enjoy this one. I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! I also loved that it was part of the Alien universe and thought that an original YA series would be awesome. Sadly, this wasn't the case and I'm questioning the high rating this has.

It takes 150 pages for us to see any sign of action. I'm all about a slow burn, but that is waaaay too slow because that is half the book! Those 150 pages are spent listening to Olivia moan abou
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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.
Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
This was unbelievably atrocious. From the ridiculously superficial romance to the empty and extremely unlikable and unrealistic characters to the godawful slow progression and the laughable incorporation of Alien elements--it pains me to see this as part of a franchise that is known for damn good sci-fi horror elements. Even as a YA romance with a gay character (which as a gay person I was initially very excited for) it's utterly horrendous.

I've always struggled with this author's works a
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Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
Interesting book, with cool characters, i just really wish there wasn't so much emphasis on the romance, and more on the horror!
Lily G
Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?

YES!!
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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
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