Updated: Jan 20, 2021
by Alice Reeds
Published by Entangled: Teen
Book #2 in the Echoes Series
They wake on a deserted island.
Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.
Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.
Something that won't let them leave alive
RATED: 13+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul Language Young Adult Intriguing
Some Steaminess Mystery/Thriller
Echoes by Alice Reeds is a mystery/thriller, young adult book, centering around two teens: Fiona and Miles, two seventeen-year-old high school enemies who are both selected to work at Briola, a bio-med company in Germany for their summer internship. They both wake up in a broken up plane on the beach of a deserted island, but they quickly learn they are not alone. The book is told from Fiona's point-of-view.
In truth, this isn't an "ARC", because it was actually published in 2018, but the description was intriguing, so I requested it. I'm glad I did. I will admit, at first, I kept getting "Lost" vibes, but I've quickly determined that it's not because Echoes is unoriginal, but because any story that involves a plane crash, a deserted island, and a thrilling mystery, is going to remind me of that show. I promise you, Echoes is original. The story itself is intriguing, but I will admit, a touch confusing. Echoes goes back and forth between two stories ... timelines? I'm not sure. While a touch frustrating not to have the answers you want as the reader, I also appreciate being put in the characters shoes. One of the things I loved about this book was how unpredictable it is, which, props to Alice Reeds, because it's rare that I read a mystery and not solve it myself before the characters do.
The characters were interesting and well-written, but I didn't feel like there was enough there to really connect with them. I rooted for them, of course, but I just couldn't fall in love with them. Fiona is a tough, strong, brave and intelligent young woman. I love a good female protagonist, especially one who is fighting gender stereotypes, and is the physically strong one of the duo, being a trained fighter. Miles is interesting, because we are led to believe he is a rich jerk, but in reality, he is actually quite sweet. Kind, also strong and brave, and unlike Fiona, tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. The two personalities and strengths brought together by circumstance leads to a strong pair.
Echoes definitely lives up to it's genre, with a mystery that actually leaves you scratching your head, much like our protagonists. For every answer they get, there is ten more questions it seems. If you are looking for a quick conclusion, I hate to disappoint. Literally as of a few days ago though, Alice Reeds has published the second book, Fractures, so unless there is plans for more books, perhaps the answers to this thriller is in there. If you enjoy a book that leaves you guessing, and like young adult, you will really like Echoes.