Alien: Echo

Narrated by: Kate Marcin
Series: Alien, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 suddenly, the sisters’ world is ripped apart. 

On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret bursts open - one that’s as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding them. 

The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this untouched colony world - and quickly start adapting. Olivia’s going to have to adapt, too, if she’s going to survive....

An Imprint book.

“Mira Grant blends gritty science fiction, complex characters, and nail-biting horror in Alien: Echo! A spellbinding novel of courage and terror.” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Broken Lands and editor of Aliens: Bug Hunt

©2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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More a LGBQT story then Alien

Was a reasonable back story for an Alien book. Colonists - new world - Alien is introduced - complexity of different hosts based on native wildlife. That’s the good bits. The bad bits was the over emphasis of the sister relationship being repeatedly told - I lost count of how many times you are reminded that two characters are sisters !. Probably worse than that was the lesbian love story intertwined. All for inclusiveness and tolerance but this is supposed to be an Alien Story - if I wanted to listen to a lesbian story - I would have chosen that category . So this book needs to be reclassified as LGBQT, not sci-fi/horror

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YA romance masquerading as Alien

Alien: Echo is one of those crimes against literature that pass its word count with nauseatingly exhaustive descriptions of the love interest's every minute feature and overuse of some of the most mind-numbingly annoying words. How the author believes that people, even teenagers, actually think and speak in this way is insulting to the target audience. Do not waste your time, money, or credits on this. It will grate against every nerve you have and leave you gnashing your teeth with a desire to see the protagonist die horribly.

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A Gay Teen Romance Novel Plus Aliens?

It may not be for everyone but it’s not a terrible experience. It’s just not as consistent with the Alien universe as I’d expect. I’m all for trying new ideas and this certainly qualifies, but I can’t with this one. Not enough xenomorph magic. Too much girl on girl kissing. Complex characters, sure. You decide. I still like it. It’s just Alien lite.

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Truly cringe worthy and not in the traditional alien manner

Where to begin unpacking the wreckage of this sloppy, unoriginal, agenda pushing mess of a book. To begin with it’s almost comical how every male character is either ignorant and evil or an incompetent loser. Second is the excruciatingly terrible recant of the teenage romance through out The length of the story that trumps all the family death and destruction around them. The story is told from the perspective of one of the teenagers although from the way all the children talk and behave you would assume they’re about 13 to 14 when in fact they’re actually 17-year-olds budding on adulthood. The main character is tough to like she’s a secret ninja scientist heartthrob lesbian seems a bit much to pack into a 17-year-old girl who is a sorry attempt at emulating the true heroine of the aliens stories Ellen Ripley. Character development is sloppy and slow, the attempts to sound well researched come off like a bad bio 101 class. On the whole if you enjoy any of the other alien books do your best to stay away from this in my opinion it should be buried and forgotten.

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Teen Angst on a Panetary Scale

Do you love the alien franchise but wish it read more a piece of twilight universe fan fiction? look no further than alien: echo. This book combines the worst parts of hormonal teen drama with far too little meaningful sci-fi alien goodness. There are isolated, and under developed nuggets of alien goodness like the local plant and animal life as well as adapting xenomorphs but they are clouded in a fog of lesbian teen hormones too thick to navigate. I didnt think you could screw up a novel about the universes' most beloved killing machines but the author managed to bury the usual blood and gore and betrayal of the alien universe under so much inner love laced inner monologue I could hardly finish the book. at least 3/4 of the book is dribble. I wanted to like it but I just can't. Folks who read fiction set in the alien universe want 5 things: androids, strong female leads, brutal aliens, exotic environments, corporate greed. This book offers most of those things but in such a way as to completely eliminate their normal allure or it leaves them under developed in order to prop up a very unintersting love story between a couple of 17 year old chicks.

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Too YA for me/Lackluster narration

When I started this book, I was unsure how someone could/would write a YA novel set in the ALIEN universe. After listening, I now know the answer to that question and it's unsuccessfully.

I'm a HUGE fan of the ALIEN series (books & movies) and I'm a fan of Mira Grant's other series' Newsflesh & Parasitology, but this book did absolutely nothing for me. It's too YA to be an ALIEN book and it's also not thrilling enough to be an ALIEN book. Obviously, since it's YA, there is very little graphic violence - it's all assumed or overheard by the characters, it's never described in any detail - which is great for a YA book but not for a book in the ALIEN series. Also, it was just too "juvenile" for me. I know it's YA, but I've also read Harry Potter and the Hunger Games and the Divergent series, among others. Those were YA but definitely not juvenile in the way this book is. There's just too much "teen hormone drama" for me. The storyline for pretty much the entire 1st half of the book is taken up by the main character pining away over a classmate - no Xenos to be found! And when they do finally show up, it's all just so BLAH!

If all that isn't bad enough, the narration could have been better. Throughout the entire book, it was very difficult to tell the difference between a character's inner thoughts and actual spoken dialog. For most of the book, I was unsure if the characters were actually speaking out loud to each other or just in their own heads. There was no differentiation in the narrator's inflection. It was extremely distracting and kept taking me out of the (weak to begin with) story.

Overall, I was completely underwhelmed.

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Horrible

This book is a struggle to listen to. The constant repetition and horribly written characters get boring very fast. If you expect an Alienbook, or a well written YA book, this is not it.

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Ok

Took waaaay to long to get going. I got tired of the emphasis on how much she loved kora....

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How did this get into the Alien Series

I like the Alien Franchise. I have listened to all that Amazon had to offer and i have found sci fi novels written long
ago relating to the first two sci fi movies Ridley Scott's Alien and Aliens. Some how I though this was related to the franchise
and perhaps it is. But I could not get through five minutes. This does not seem to be an audio book for adults. This is some sort of sexually mixed up teen and yikes. Instead of having a warning saying something is x rated or you have to be over the age of 17 to watch.. in this case listen to.. it should have a warning on the cover of the book saying NOT INTENDED TO any adult over the age of 19 without a 13 year old guardian present. Look it is my fault for choosing the audio book. I was desperate for an alien fix. An adult listening to this stuff could get arrested.

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Good story, but less emotional scenes

It was a good story overall, but there were alot of times where I was like "let's bypass the kissing and in depth emotions". Like it had good creativity as far as the hybrid alien and some of the scenarios that happened, but it was like beating a dead horse with the "I just want to kiss her" and "have to save her, she is my sister" like 20 times. I get that there are emotions, but this was the most emotional horror story I have heard out of all the Alien books I have heard on here.

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  • ricke williams
  • 05-13-19

Beverly hills 90210alien.

Once you get passed the first high school crush chapter its back to 200miles of bad road. Very good get passed that first chapter

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  • Simon Dyer
  • 08-14-19

good story but definitely more teen romance novel

very good and captures the alien universe but maybe for younger people! still enjoyed it though, despite author trying to pile as many politically correct parts in as possible

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  • S. Girling
  • 08-09-19

Not really an aliens book

Ok so this is supposed to be an aliens book but it's far more a teen love story. it's not a bad story it's just not your average aliens book. it's not dark it's not gritty it's not action packed there's no colonial marines and the aliens are a side dish. the story is largely about a young teen girl and her struggle to fit in in a new place falling in love and her relationship with her illness stricken sister. I enjoyed the story mostly and I don't think I'll refund it but it was no where near what I expect from an aliens title.

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  • H. Sadler
  • 06-29-20

A slow start but great once it gets going

This could be a potential film.... Started slow, but I guess it is building the characters to make you love them. Really enjoyed it in the end. Want a Film!

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  • Ray Hollands
  • 05-30-20

A bit too slow to start and just stops!

Takes too long to get going and doesn't use its characters, or environment effectively. Second act turns out to be turns out to be pointless, after you realise that there was a backup on there shuttle all along. The use of the phrase "sub prime" is over used and becomes annoying.

Though the flesh eating grass was a good idea and was being setup as a weapon, but no.

Thought that they'll need to revisit the derelict in orbit, which has the means to get to another planet, but also has an unwelcome passenger onboard but no!

This scenario would of been a good way to build some tension - stay safe and you will eventually die! Or, expose yourself to a know danger and maybe you'll survive! plus it could of brought her Father back into the story. But no - the story just stops, which is very, very sub prime!

This book does leave you with a small group of interesting characters thou. Maybe this story could act as the foundation to a better story involving these people. They do deserve some closure, so a follow-on story that can be faster paced (because this story has done all the character introductions needed), would be great!


But overall - it's an ok story. loose the second act, and place the third act onboard the derelict in orbit and you'll have a great story.

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  • Tom1701
  • 03-30-20

Alien... Lite!

This is a story all about how my life for twisted turned upside, down, and if you'd like to take a few hours just sit right there, I'd tell ya YOU'RE GONNA BE DISAPPOINTED if your looking for a good Alien story....cause this ain't it!

No swearing, no surprises, no point really.

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  • Robert hughes
  • 03-17-20

A...young adult...Alien novel?

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 it's utterly horrendous.

I've always struggled with this author's works and this novel just made it clear that with the exception of one series (which is hit and miss with each instalment), she's not for me. I am obsessed with the Alien franchise and xenomorph anything. This? Horrible addition to the universe.

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  • Prsxl5
  • 02-29-20

infantile Rubbish

Infantile rubbish; the worst audio book I've ever has the misfortune of hearing. Absolutely puerile.

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  • Dr R. Bentley
  • 02-07-20

Different style and perspective for an Alien novel.

Overall I enjoyed the book. The story is reasonably engaging and the content ties in well with other lore from the series.

I prefer audiobooks with several voices as opposed to one narrator but that’s just my personal preference. It is also read from the perspective of one young central character.

The story, for me, dwells too much on the personal perspective and relationships angle, and took a while to get going. When there are alien-related objectives and actions for the characters, too often they came to nothing. As a result, it did not feel as if the character was making much progress. The characters are younger than in most books of this type, and so the story has to reflect that, but at times I was waiting for a “teen-slasher” plot to emerge. There is good detail of the planet and environment though, which made it an immersive read.

There was good development of our understanding of the biology of the aliens though, which tied in well with the main character’s background, as well as current scientific knowledge.

The concluding sections, where the character draws on her background and experiences, was well constructed and more engaging. The ending was more in the genre of Alien Isolation rather than Prototype or Out of the shadows, and I felt could have been explored a little further.

Overall good but the book has a slightly different emphasis and focus than other Alien books, so has a different feel to it.

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  • Ellis
  • 01-27-20

Genuine Female Protagonist.

Main character really sold it for me. They were raised with a small narrow skill set and played to their strengths whenever possible. Their interactions with the other characters highlighted their strengths and weakness. If you've never read/listened to an Alien novel and you're coming from teen fantasy, this is a great book to start with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-19

Xenomorph Teen drama (So Prime) Lol

I found this Audiobook to be a really refreshing take in the Alien universe, with the high school drama chapters which gives us a feel and introduction to the cast of the story. Then after establishing how things should be in this how the Olivia would put it "Unprime world" we drop the most deadlist creatures known to the universe the Xenomorphs and just sit back and enjoy the ride and see what happens. So Prime

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  • Nicole
  • 04-28-19

Dissapointing

Ok if you are looking for a y6oung adult story I guess, but not a patch on Mira's other stories.

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