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Our Last Echoes

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 ratings  ·  401 reviews
A supernatural thriller about one girl's hunt for the truth about her mother's disappearance.

Sophia's first memory is of drowning. She remembers the darkness of the water and the briny taste as it fills her throat. She remembers the cold shock of going under. She remembers her mother pulling her to safety before disappearing forever. But Sophia has never been in the ocean.
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Natalie There is a lot of violence, but I still recommended it to my 7th & 8th graders with some warnings that it can be quite intense. I'd say PG-13 if you'r…moreThere is a lot of violence, but I still recommended it to my 7th & 8th graders with some warnings that it can be quite intense. I'd say PG-13 if you're going by movie ratings.(less)

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kate alice marshall is one of my favourite authors, ever, for good reason.

ever since i read—no, devouredrules for vanishing last october, i've been obsessed with her prose.

it's eldritch yet poignant yet witty. our last echoes definitely reminded me of rules for vanishing in that sense. these are characters you can't help but root for. every scene is permeated by the atmospheric and deeply unsettling sense of "something is very, very wrong." on top of this, marshall writes authentic YA; i felt
Nov 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book. Scary and mysterious. It does have a correlation with Invasion of The Body Snatchers in the beginning , thus a 4 rather than a 5. I highly recommended for scary and thriller readers.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sophia’s earliest memory is of drowning and losing her mother, and so becoming an orphan at a young age. All her life she has been told her mom died in Montana, leaving Sophia to bounce around within the foster care system until she turns eighteen.

Sophia believes there is more to her mother’s disappearance and thinks that a remote Alaskan island called Bitter Rock has something to do with it. She’s warned not to travel to the secluded island because it’s known to be dangerous—and visitors may ne
I love Kate Alice Marshall. LOVE.

It sounds like Our Last Echoes will have a strong mixed-media component, similar to Rules for Vanishing, and I am so here for it!!!

My copy has just arrived!!!!

Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you love ghost stories or spooky local legend type tales, then you need to pick this book up. Our Last Echoes is the story of Sophia Novak. She’s a girl who has been told that her past happened one way, and has recently been informed that was all a lie. So in order to understand her past and her unusual present, she returns to the source, Bitter Rock island. Enter a handful of characters Sophia doesn’t know whether or not to trust, and a ton of unusual happenings and disappearances and you ha ...more
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Our Last Echoes is pitched as Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks, and I think that's pretty apt. It also had some X-Files vibes in my opinion. It's a "supernatural thriller" that I would say verges more into horror territory, but with lots of weirdness and alternate dimensions a la Twin Peaks. It's eerie, very atmospheric and gets quite dark at times, especially for a YA novel. I really enjoyed it and my primary complaint is that the main character is a bit bland, more a condui
Provin Martin
Apr 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Sophia is an orphan. She never knew her father and her mother disappeared in 2003. That’s the same year Sophia was found, a small child, floating alone in a boat. She grew up in and out of foster homes, never really finding a family, and she had a lot of trouble making friends.

Soon she’s given the opportunity to go to Bitter Rock, The town where her mother disappeared and she was found. Once she arrives she quickly makes friends with Abby and Liam, and they help her find answers about her past.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

This book is a bit of a weird one. It was going well, and I was enjoying it, but the climax is very weak and the book kind of just splutters to a disappointing end in the last few pages.

Eighteen-year-old Sophia Novak is an orphan who's been bounced from foster home to foster home since 2003, the year her mother Joy mysteriously vanished from Bitter Rock. The small Alaskan island has been the location of many strange disappearances over the years - Joy's mother and two of her fellow ornithol
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it

“All thirty-one residents vanished without a trace. No further communication was received. No bodies were ever recovered.
They were not the first.
They would not be the last.”

From the gorgeous cover to that gripping start, I was hooked. I was ready to be scared, creeped out, and desperate for answers. I mean, look at that intro! I was so excited and in love with the way the story was being told — almost like a documentary. There’s a scene almost at the beginning that literally sent shivers dow
Monica (crazy_4_books)
OUR LAST ECHOES could be considered a spin-off of RULES FOR VANISHING. I suggest you go read that one first and then this one since two characters from that book appear in this one: Dr. Andrew Ashford and Abigail Ryder, who are investigators of paranormal stuff. Ashford and Ryder played a small part in RULES FOR VANISHING. In OUR LAST ECHOES, Abigail is a major player and when she’s introducing herself to our heroine of the day, Sophia Novak, she pretty much spoi
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The very first memory that Sophia Novak has is of drowning, a memory that is so implanted in her memory that she remembers the cold of the water and the taste of the salt, yet she has never been to the ocean. She also remembers her mother saving her from the water, a mother that she was told had died in a hospital many years ago. Sophia’s curiosity is piqued when she receives a call that leads her to question whether or not her mom is really dead, leading her to Bitter Rock, Alaska. Determined t ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, edelweiss, ya, horror
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. My only complaint: there were a few *tiny* moments where I felt like the storyline and background was a little thin or not quite fleshed out enough. BUT, overall, this was a fun, spooky, unnerving read that ALSO connects back to Marshall's earlier book Rule for Vanishing (this was a bonus that I was not expecting!).

Sophia has never known
I loved this but it won't be for everybody - I don't want to do a full review because it will spoil things - for now think supernatural, isolated island, deadly secrets, slow-burn mystery, ghosts (sort of), YA, magical realism, strong characters.

If you have read The Rules For Vanishing then you have a head-start on getting your head round this one (I already read RFV and although it's a completely different story it has the same 'other worlds' and ideas which are progressed in this book).

Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Our Last Echoes is the second book I've read by Kate Alice Marshall, and I adore both of them. The stories are creepy and creative, and the epistolary format works really well. This one got a little convoluted at the end, but I still had a lot of fun reading it. This book reminded me of a couple good horror movies that I'm not going to mention to avoid spoilers, but just know there's a lot to enjoy here.

CW - animal death, mentions of death of a parent
Amelinda Bérubé
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grab your camera, loser, we're going to Bitter Rock, Alaska, which is every bit as gloriously terrifying as Silent Hill at its very best. INJECT THIS STRAIGHT INTO MY VEINS PLZ, I LOVE IT THAT MUCH. ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Sophia Novak has been told all her life that her mother died in a hospital on the mainland. But Sophie’s first memories are of drowning, and the only clue she has about her mom’s life is a carved wooden sculpture of a bird that only nests on Bitter Rock, Alaska, an island all but abandoned except for the Landon Avian Research Center. Her mother worked at the center before she died, and Sophia has lied and pestered her way into a summer internship there, where she meets Liam, whose mother runs th ...more
Angela Staudt
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to PenguinTeen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, this is what I call a dark and weird horror book, a book that had me sleeping with the lights on for days. I loved Rules for Vanishing which was written by the same author, that book also had me sleeping with the lights on and I had stop reading because I would get so freaked out. Our Last Echoes starts out with a bang and never stops, it is eerie, full of twists, and why not throw in some alternate dimensions and superna
I seem to be getting a lot of books lately where it is almost impossible for me to pinpoint my feelings about them and Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall is no exception. This is such a strange and gruesome book, but I thought the way it was executed was fantastic. The story is told from the viewpoint of Sophia but with other media mixed in like chapters titled Video Evidence and various exhibits. I love when authors mix in things like this, and it really heightened the overall experience I ...more
Katie T
Mar 28, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf 54% - this wasn't bad but I don't feel invested. Reading like 14 books at once and I just don't care about this one anymore ...more
May 25, 2022 rated it did not like it
Kate Alice Marshall had developed a pretty good reputation for YA thrillers by the time Our Last Echoes hit bookstore shelves in 2021, and the synopsis on the dust jacket is intriguing. Eighteen-year-old Sophia Novak has a dark history with the island of Bitter Rock, Alaska. Her mother vanished there and was presumed dead fifteen years ago, and Sophia has a vivid memory of herself being forcibly drowned while on the isle. But how could that be, if she's still alive? Sophia has applied for an int ...more
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a 4.5 rounded up. This book was well written and I liked the mixed media style of interviews, narrated videos, and various characters perspectives. I liked that this story was twisty and it was hard to figure out exactly what was happening. Sophia Novak was orphaned at a young age and has always known she was different without having any idea why. One strange call later she’s given a clue that leads her to a remote island infamous for large numbers of people disappearing without a trace ...more
Jonathan (Jon)
Jan 17, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022-reads

𝙈𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙖 𝘼𝙡𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙏𝙬𝙞𝙣 𝙋𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙜𝙞𝙧𝙡'𝙨 𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧'𝙨 𝙙𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚.
𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟽𝟹, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚢-𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝙱𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚍. 𝙸𝚗 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟹, 𝚜𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚍 𝚖𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛. 𝙽𝚘𝚠, 𝙸'𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝙱𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚛—𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚎. 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙱𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚐𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚜. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖.

👻 This book was so weird on so many levels. It started out so promising with such good intentions, but towards the ending the story st
Mar 10, 2021 marked it as abandoned-books
Yes! It is here! Please be creepy, please be creepy, please be creepy! 🤞

I am immensely grateful to Viking Books for Young Readers and BookishFirst for my review copy.
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, ya
I'm still piecing my thoughts together, but this really is a wonderful mix of unsettling, creepy, and unnerving, and yes, those are all distinct things - at least as pertains to this horror novel. ...more
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bitter Rock island in Alaska is known for two things, it's avian research center, and its unexplained mass disappearances. Sophia Novak has always been told that her mother died in Montana, but when someone sends her a photograph that suggests otherwise, and connects Sophia and her mother to Bitter Rock, Sophia knows she has to go see for herself.
This book was like the best scary movie playing in my head. I would say it leans towards supernatural/paranormal horror, and there is definitely a lot
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Our Last Echoes is a haunting story with a clever twist on the urban legend trope of people going missing without a trace, think Roanoke style. When Sophia Novak ages out of the foster care system, she follows a tip from a girl named Abby; Abby tells her that everything Sophia thought she knew about her past was all a lie and if she wants the truth, she’ll have to travel to the remote island of Bitter Rock in Alaska. Under the guise of wanting to learn about terns, Sophia travels to the Landon A ...more
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love how we follow some of the same people from rules for vanishing. Def not as good as rules for vanishing.
Nov 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one reminded me a little bit of a YA Annihilation.

I liked the format , but some of it just jumped around so much that it became confusing.
Aug 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
A young girl, Sophia, has come to the island that claimed her mother under false pretences in search of answers. What she finds is a nightmare that has claimed more than a few people and, if she’s not careful, might have one more to its tally by the time she’s done.

Well, this was fun. I really, really enjoyed the first book in this series, Rules For Vanishing, and while I don’t think this one quite reaches the heights of that first book, it’s still quite well done. This is an enjoyable horror se
Kal ★ Reader Voracious

Hey you! Do you like urban legends and paranornal stories? Do you like these paranormal stories dripping with so much atmosphere that you feel nervous reading? Do you like books told in multi-media format with interviews, video recordings, and written testimony?

Then do I have a book for you! *presents Our Last Echoes*

Our Last Echoes has solidified Kate Alice Marshall as one of my favorite authors an
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Kate Alice Marshall is the author of young adult and middle grade novels, including I AM STILL ALIVE, RULES FOR VANISHING, and THIRTEENS.

She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, two dogs named Vonnegut and Octavia, and two kids. They all conspire to keep her on her toes.

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