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Echoes: A Novel of the Echoverse Paperback – January 21, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (January 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198406827X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984068279
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.71 x 8 inches
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I dislike arrogant jerk characters, so Adem took a while to stop annoying me. And the present tense did not help at all.
I did like the story, however. In this future high-tech society, something like a dragon is initially assumed to be someone's escaped lab experiment, but the actual truth is stranger still. Adem is observant and intelligent, but childlike in a lot of his mannerisms, which other characters sometimes call out. And his habit of mentally reconstructing crime scenes is fun to read.
It's also nice to see Adem's tight friendship with Jin. They're very different, and Adem doesn't seem to like Jin very much, but some unspecified event has created this loyalty and support, and it endures despite everything else that comes up. I hope it stays as a friendship. It's getting very hard to find stories that focus on friendship rather than romance.
And of course, the various dysfunctions of his government agency are a good source of humor. There's a lot of laughs throughout.
Overall this is a fun story and I'm interested to see where the series goes from here. I rate this book Recommended.
By the end of the story though, I felt up to speed, and was able to enjoy the story immensely. I really liked Adem's character, and his relationship with Jin. There is something really special between them, and a history that isn't explained. They are so different, and yet they fit together the way some people just do. Their friendship was one of the highlights of the book.
I don't think I ever really "got" the idea of the echoes, there was just something missing in the explanation, but by thinking of it as a version of Inception, I think I understood enough to get what was happening. It was quite unique, and lent a more hardcore sci-fi feel to the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the characters, and now that I'm done, I think I understand the whole enough to fully enjoy future books in the series.
I love the world the author created. The characters had depth, showed growth and left me wanting to know them better. The plot development was fairly believable for a futuristic tale and gave an obvious clue that there is to be a sequel Really appreciate that.
I am getting the next part. And i expect that I am going to enjoy another mental animated feature length movie. Because that . . . is sooo cool!
Adamen, is thrown into a world that few can understand, let alone work in, after determining that the victim of a gruesome death was killed by a dragon - a creature that could not exist, and yet fulfills the reconstruction of the crime, based on the available evidence. In the 28th century, there is no way a dragon should exist, unless it has escaped from a laboratory... And surely someone would have reported such an incident?
We are immersed into this well rendered, futuristic world. We learn by being there, not by exposition. It is cleverly done. And although Amend is well aware of his extraordinary intellectual skills, the author manages to keep him a sympathetic character. Although there is a clear set up for the continuation of the series, their is a resolution to the murder mystery with which the book begins.
Okay, I am nitpicking: I bought the second book - and I liked it too
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Though it took me a while to get into the story, once I wrapped my head around it, I had to hang on to keep up. The premise of Echoes is fascinating though to explain it here would spoil the story. Suffice to say, Knite’s imagination will take you places you didn’t know you could go. Knite has created a colourful cast of characters, but I would have liked to see them invested more emotionally in the story. At times their reactions and motivations seemed thin.
Echoes is an impressive debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Therin Knite and would recommend Echoes to those who enjoy dystopian or speculative fiction.