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
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Horror, Aliens, LGBT

Reviews Alien

  • megs_bookrack
    **3.5-stars**Okay. I like it. I'm pleased I read it. Fun, quick, gory.I like it...Full review to come...stay tuned!!!
  • 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...
  • Justine
    I read this because I am a huge fan of Alien. I saw the original when it first came out and I was 10 (you see what kind of family I come from), and I have rewatched it fairly regularly. This year I watched all the Alien universe short films that came out to mark the 40th anniversary of the film, and this book went along with those pretty well.Probably my one critique is that there was a bit too much teenage hormone crushing going on for my taste....
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Kris Sellgren
    This is well-written, fast-paced YA horror on a colony planet. I’ve never seen any of the Alien movies. So I have no idea whether Grant did a good job with those particular aliens. But I thought she did a great job with the various plants and animals native to the planet. Our heroine, whose parents are xenobiologists, wants to be one when she grows up. So, on her first date with the girl she has a crush on, she takes her out to the wild to see ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jenn
    I love all Alien movies so I was curious how the storyline would work as a young adult novel. The level of horror is sufficient. Incorporating the android storyline did not work. It was completely ridiculous. The lesbian romance side plot fell so flat. I did like the biologist point of view.
  • Roz
    I’m conflicted.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Emily
    I liked this book. I did. How could I not like an Alien book written by Mira Grant? I was a bit disappointed in it though. I loved her descriptions of the aliens and their physiology, their movement and hunting habits, and, of course, their use of host bodies for ovipositing, but I thought she spent too much time on describing the characters and their interactions and thoughts and feelings in the first third or so of the book. I understand the ne...
  • Kelli Cross
    Actual Rating: 4.5 starsLet me preface this by saying that Mira Grant is one of my top five favorite authors so I knew going in that I was going to love this book. But oh man. First of all - it does so much justice to the alien franchise in my opinion. I can’t give too many details without also giving spoilers, but seriously. Second, having read both the newsflesh trilogy and the majority of the Parasitology trilogy, I know that Grant has a pre...
  • James
    It's a decent Alien book, it's a fast read but don't start it unless you have time to finish it! I was up too late!
  • 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.
  • Incorrigible_bibliophile
    It pains me to give this one star, but I did not enjoy this one. I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! I also loved that it was part of the Alien universe and thought that an original YA series would be awesome. Sadly, this wasn't the case and I'm questioning the high rating this has. It takes 150 pages for us to see any sign of action. I'm all about a slow burn, but that is waaaay too slow because that is half the book! Those...
  • Lesa Divine
    2 🌟Sorry wasn't for me. Just meh. The world building sucks.I was hoping for more.Twins....on a planet with parents when an unknown ship crashes with aliens aboard. Twin Oliva on the run to save her twin sister and a girl she's interested in. While they trying to find answers they are prey.Just meh.
  • Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
    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 (which as a gay person I was initially very excited for) it's utterly horrendous.I've ...
  • Christian
    Alien: Echo is a YA novel set in the Alien universe, which is such an odd concept that I read it out of curiosity. I've also been meaning to read a Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) for some time, so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. Alien: Echo is about Olivia and her twin sister and echo Viola. Olivia and Viola (get it?) are the daughters of Xenobiologists who have traveled to a small planet to research the natural life on that planet,...
  • Deborah Embury
    A solid addition to the Alien universe that is bolstered by the more scientific side of the story. I thought all the discussions about planetary colonization, predators and prey, and just the general xenobiological aspects were neat. My favorite line was the observation Olivia makes about humans always looking for habitable plants, but not thinking about how these planets are already inhabited. It was just a smart little moment that I think reall...
  • 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...