Alien by Mira Grant


An original young adult novel of the Alien universeOlivia 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...

Details Alien

Release DateApr 9th, 2019
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Horror, Aliens, LGBT

Reviews Alien

  • 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)[ Viola having spent all her life "playing" sick. Why keep up with the...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Matisse
    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 ...
  • Sophie
    Cosa succede quando una delle autrici più brillanti, talentuose e originali che tu abbia mai avuto il piacere di leggere decide di scrivere un libro dedicato a uno dei tuoi franchise cinematografici preferiti di sempre?“Alien: Echo”, alias lo YA horror più divertente, incalzante, ironico, brutale e intelligente su cui mi sia mai capitato di mettere le mani: ecco che cosa succede. Se amate la quadrilogia originale di “Alien” (e se, come ...
  • Ariel
    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 won...
  • 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...
  • Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
    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 remem...
  • 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 be...
  • Darcy
    I normally like this author and her alter ego, Seanan McGuire, however this one wasn't the best for me. I didn't care for Olivia, she was too girl crazy and a bit too cocky for me. Cora never really came off as somebody worth Olivia's effort, she had to work too hard to get any place and I hated that Cora really didn't believe Olivia about her sister. Now the sister, Viola, was more interesting, especially when her secret was revealed. I'm not su...
  • Rhieanna Young
    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...
  • 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.
  • Justin Mazurek
    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...
  • Roz
    I’m conflicted.
  • Celia
    There's something missing to this book. I've noticed that sometimes when authors who usually write for a general audience write something for YA, it's missing a piece of story complexity. Or something. I think the problem here was that the first contact with the Alien wasn't with the main character -- everything felt so disorienting, like, are we in a rush to get off this planet? Or do we need extra reasons to interact with this monster? The auth...
  • Jen
    This book was so much fun!!! I've been a fan of 'Alien' since I first saw it on TV as a teen but I never read any of the books or graphic novels associated with the world. (I also wasn't a huge fan of the sequel movies but I did enjoy them.) However, this book was written by one of my favorite authors so I decided to give it a shot and I am so very glad that I did! 'Alien: Echo' works on many different levels. It's a great, fast-paced action-adve...
  • ☣Lynn☣
    Finally a YA book set in the Alien universe aka one of my favorite things ever.I really hope she writes a sequel for this asap! I need to know what happens to these girls.
  • Nikki (bythebooks)
    The beginning was tough for me to get into and I wasn't a fan of the slang, but very entertaining overall! Any time an alien bursts out of someone is a good time for me.
  • Victoria
    I've read so many Alien novels and graphic novels, comic stand-alones, fanworks, and seen each film a dozen times over and despite the range of styles and creative modes they're presented in, they all have the same core structure. ACT ONE [slower build up]:-introduce setting-introduce characters/subplot mystery -introduce unknown infestation, characters usually disagree whether or not to examine it.ACT TWO [longer, but running at a much faster pa...
  • Max
    Set in the Alien universe this novel by Mira Grant follows the trials of Oliva Shipp, one of the the twin daughters of wandering xenobiologists, on a doomed colony as she endeavors to stay alive during the opening stages on a xenomorph infestation. And hopefully get her sister and her crush out alive as well...This novel is billed as a YA book though it seems to straddle the line just as many of those stories do these days. Older readers will get...
  • Heather
    When I heard there was an Alien novel coming out, I was cautiously intrigued. When I heard it was being written by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) I immediately bought Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe and sat down to read it. One of my favorite horror franchises together with one of my favorite, most consistently excellent authors–I knew it was going to be good! It managed to be every bit as amazing as I dared to hop...
  • Nick
    I approached this book, a YA Alien story, with a bit of trepidation. The alien universe is quite dark and bloody so a YA novel just doesn't seem like it would fit the bill. The end result wasn't as bad as i'd expected it to be, it wasn't great either but as an introduction to Alien outside of films it gets most of it right.This is very much a character driven book, there's lots of teen angst, conflict and family stuff and the first third of the b...
  • Liz L
    This was a solid Aliens book.I, much like Murderbot ("I didn’t want to see helpless humans. I’d rather see smart ones rescuing each other"), prefer my protagonists smart and put in situations where they can use their smarts to their advantage. This book was always going to be a good time because it's Mira Grant and it's xenomorphs and you really can't go wrong. But I was delighted to realize that on top of that, it was really, really fun to s...
  • Nikki
    First, an admission: I've never actually seen the movie Alien or any of it's spin-offs, sequels, or prequels. I read this book because it is written by Mira Grant. (I've only recently discovered Mira Grant and Seanan McGurie but I am becoming a tad obsessed.) This was not my favorite. I enjoyed it, quite a bit, but I have an issue. I didn't care for the love story. It felt rushed. When I picked up the book, it is a crush that has been happening, ...