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Alien: Echo

Narrated by: Kate Marcin
Series: Alien, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)
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Summary

An original young-adult audiobook 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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Nothing new here !

This was very disappointing.
No real plot line of any Ingenuity was evident.

To describe this as “the best film never made” is particularly disingenuous.

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Sci-fi Romance.

Very disappointed in this title. I would have scored it lower but I did not realise initially that it is aimed at the YA market.

The story seemed to me to just be a teenage romance set on a distant planet with a cameo made by our beloved xenomorphs. Too much kissing not enough alien.

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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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  • Derrek H.
  • 07-05-19

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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  • Jamal Love
  • 18-04-19

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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  • Jeanine
  • 13-05-19

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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  • zack Smitley
  • 16-05-19

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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  • Jakob
  • 02-05-19

Utterly useless teen lesbian fantasy!

I listened to 2 hours of this bullshit before giving up. this is not sci fi set in the aliens universe. WTF!

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  • italiablond
  • 29-04-19

Great story, young audience.

Great story, I felt as though it could have stood a chance as a stand alone rather than a spin off to the alien universe, who knows but I'll still buy the next book!

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  • Mike Harbour
  • 16-04-19

Aliens - Mira Grant style, gotta love it.

A fresh take on the Aliens genre with a twist that makes it different. Recommend!!

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