Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Echo 8
Author:  Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher:  Tor Book, February 3, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages
List Price:  $15.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765376374 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Echo 8: a thrilling new science fiction romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, the author of Ghost Planet and The Ophelia Prophecy.

Three lives.
Two worlds.
Once chance to save it all.

Tess is a parapsychologist, devoting her life to studying paranormal and psychic phenomenon. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world, all her training couldn’t prepare her for what is to come.

Jake appeared from another Earth, shocked and angry, and restrained by government investigators for study. But when he unwittingly steals energy from Tess, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds.

Ross is an FBI agent, ordered to protect Tess as she conducts her research into this dangerous phenomenon. His assignment was not random—he and Tess have a history. And when those feelings resurface, Ross will have to choose between his love for Tess, and his duty to protect his world.

Stacey's Thoughts

Set in the not-too-distant future, this story gives a new spin on ghosts, teleporting, and love triangles. Something strange has been happening in 2018. All over the world, “Echoes” have been appearing. An Echo is a soul from another Earth that aren’t solid humans anymore and are hungry. The Echoes find a person, “feed” and sometimes take too much energy from their donor…so much that the donor dies.

Our heroine, Tess, is a parapsychologist (she studies paranormal and psychic phenomenon) and is now the only living person that has the training and education to help the Echoes before all their energy dissipates and they die a second time. Ross is a FBI Special Agent assigned to protect Tess from any Echoes and most importantly from Tess risking her own life. The Echoes have been documented and tracked...this story opens up with “Echo 8,” known on his world as Jake Parker. Tess is the first person Jake comes in contact with and somehow, he doesn’t kill her. Could it be possible that Echoes don’t have to be exterminated on site anymore?

This book is a fast-paced adventure that I devoured. Fisher’s writing is suspenseful, hypnotic, and action-packed. Tess, Ross, and Jake all have with their own problems, insecurities, and painful moments that resurface due to the interactions with each other. Each character works through their problems in their own flawed and (sometimes) lovable way. The story hops between Tess and Ross’s more modern world to Jake’s post-apocalyptic world and back again. But not only do Tess and Ross have to worry about keeping Jake “fed”, they have to protect him from the FBI and the private business that Tess works for who are interested in using the Echoes as future assassins. Tess wants to fight for their rights and right to choose their own (after)life.

This was an exciting read, full of science, action, and new love. The relationships the characters form throughout the book explore trust and fear, hope and betrayal, justice and safety. The characters were interesting and unpredictable and I loved the idea of another Earth. I also laughed out loud several times, which endears me to the author immensely. I look forward to Fisher’s next novel.


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