The Echo Room
Rett wakes on the floor of a cold, dark room. He doesn’t know how he got there, only that he’s locked in. He’s not alone—a girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with him. When she finds a mysterious bloodstain and decides she doesn’t trust Rett, he tries to escape on his own—Rett wakes on the floor of the same cold, dark room. He doesn’t trust Bryn, but he’ll have to work with her if he ever hopes to escape. They try to break out of the room—Rett and Bryn hide in a cold, dark room. Safe from what’s outside.But they’re not alone.

The Echo Room Details

TitleThe Echo Room
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139780765399410
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel

The Echo Room Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, this was an enjoyable read! The Echo Room, at a bare minimum, seems to be heavily influenced by The Maze Runner series, and while I would have liked to see a story that felt a bit more original, I appreciated what the author was trying to do here. The first 25% of the book had me completely hooked; I had no idea what was going on or why everything involving the room was happening, and the final 25% was really gripping and exciting. The middle chunk was quite repetitive though, and diffi Overall, this was an enjoyable read! The Echo Room, at a bare minimum, seems to be heavily influenced by The Maze Runner series, and while I would have liked to see a story that felt a bit more original, I appreciated what the author was trying to do here. The first 25% of the book had me completely hooked; I had no idea what was going on or why everything involving the room was happening, and the final 25% was really gripping and exciting. The middle chunk was quite repetitive though, and difficult for me to push through at times. All in all, I really did enjoy this one, but I probably would have tried to grab it from my library rather than purchasing if I hadn't received a copy for review. I'm definitely intrigued to explore Peevyhouse's work further!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Rett wakes up in an unfamiliar room, with a large scar on his head and no idea where he got where he is or even where he is. He quickly realizes that a young woman named Bryn is also trapped with him, also appearing to have had her memories erased. Deciding to trust each other, the two try and work together to find an escape. However, they soon became faced with ano Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Rett wakes up in an unfamiliar room, with a large scar on his head and no idea where he got where he is or even where he is. He quickly realizes that a young woman named Bryn is also trapped with him, also appearing to have had her memories erased. Deciding to trust each other, the two try and work together to find an escape. However, they soon became faced with another danger entirely- the danger of an outside world completely devoid of life. Or at least, of any human life. Rett and Brynn must decide if what is waiting for them out in the scorched world is scarier than staying where they are. “The Echo Room” by Parker Peevyhouse is a YA science-fiction novel from the first time novel writer. Ms. Peevyhouse has won awards for her previous children’s stories and YA novellas, and “Echo Room” is her first venture into the full-length novel. I may be alone in this, but I found a lot of similarities between this novel and “The Maze Runner” series (James Dashner). Two young people, one boy and one girl, who are in a strange location, with no memories of how they got there, the world as they know it has “scorched” and both of our protagonists seem to be under the control of a secret “government” organization. Oh, and of course, the massive bug-type enemies that keep trying to kill them. Although the science-fiction, time-travel component of this novel was a separate entity, I did feel that Dashner’s (fantastic) work was exerting, in the very least, a minor influence. The “Groundhog Day” effect at the beginning of this novel got old fast, and I am happy to say that it didn’t last long. Once I made it through this repetitive bit of novel, I was quickly pulled into the storyline. The novel itself is relatively creative, with powerful characters and strong plot development. “The Echo Room” was easy to follow, and hard to put down (once you got going). I had a vested interest in the characters’ outcome, and was really not all that surprised when the ending came around (a potential sequel? In a YA novel? Shocker!) but was relatively satisfied with the way it played out all the same. Peevyhouse appears to have the writing chops to gain a strong YA audience, but I would be interested in reading a novel with a completely original storyline and see what Ms. Peevyhouse can do with it. A quick, entertaining read for fans of post-apocalyptic YA.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    another cover reveal I've added! this looks like such a cool and awesome book like someone please read the blurb and scream with me. I actually added this book WHILE I was meeting this author and getting my copy of her Very Weird and Fucking Awesome debut Where Futures End signed :')✨Arc received from the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review. [ releases: September 2018.]
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a while since I’ve picked up a post-apocalyptic novel, but I’m glad that I chose The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse. This book is so suspenseful as the characters’ purpose is revealed, and I enjoyed both of their personalities. The writing style is also eerie, and there are many twists throughout the book. This is the perfect read to curl up with this fall.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    i think if i get a cute enough bunny, i can lure parker peevyhouse into a trap and make her write my books.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Do you guys ever notice that at least once a week I have The Mixed Feelings™? Because I do. And today is no different, yay! So, as usual, we're just going to break it down into the yays and nays! (P.S.- this book is nearly impossible to review properly without spoilers, so it's going to be pretty vague. But let's be honest, since when do I "review properly" anyway?)The Things I Liked: • You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Do you guys ever notice that at least once a week I have The Mixed Feelings™? Because I do. And today is no different, yay! So, as usual, we're just going to break it down into the yays and nays! (P.S.- this book is nearly impossible to review properly without spoilers, so it's going to be pretty vague. But let's be honest, since when do I "review properly" anyway?)The Things I Liked: •It's quite a unique book. I don't think I have read anything like it, and that is always good. •Once I got a sense of what was going on, I started to really enjoy it. Again, vagueness is our friend here, but once I got to a certain level of understanding, I was able to get much more invested. •The atmosphere is on point. I mean, the author wants you to get that these characters are in a bad old situation in the middle of nowhere, and you definitely do get that impression. It was vividly depicted, and I really appreciated that. •The whole concept of the world and the premise were fabulous, and well-depicted. Once I finally got the gist of what was going down, things were really quite interesting in regards to the world and the situation that the characters found themselves in. The Things I Didn't: •I felt a bit disconnected from the characters. This is probably just because of the way it was set up, it is hard to feel a real connection over the course of a few (repeated) hours, but yeah. •The beginning confused me a bit, and was a little draggy. I get that we weren't exactly supposed to know what was happening, but I was just kind of bored since I had no idea where the story was headed, why the same stuff was happening over and over. Once it began to pick up, it was a lot more exciting, but it took awhile to get there. I think slower or confusing could have worked, but both... is rough. •I was just a bit underwhelmed in general. Like- the ending was fine, I just... my mind was never fully blown at any point, I guess? Bottom Line: A very cool premise that was certainly intriguing, if a bit lackluster at first, manages to pick up by the second half.  Also so hard to review without spoilers, so I am proud of me.
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  • Robin Bonne
    January 1, 1970
    The Echo Room starts out strong with an interesting mystery. I was hooked and wanted to find out what was happening. Then, as the story progressed, it felt repetitive, and frustrating. I love a good time travel mystery, and the start of the book was so good that I was surprised I didn’t enjoy the middle. It picks back up again towards the end, but the boredom had set in, and I hurried to finish so I could be done with it.
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  • Crowinator
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Parker Peevyhouse's first book, Where Future's End, as much for the writing as for the risks it took, and her followup didn't disappoint. The Echo Room is a weird story that turns in on itself and often left me with more questions than answers, but also had a satisfying ending. Peevyhouse is definitely an author I will continue to root for and read.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martins Press, and Tor Teen for the free copy of this book to read and review.A young man named Rett wakes up on a cold and dark floor. He doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. Confused and curious, he gets up and begins to walk around to figure out just where he is and what is going on. He notices blood on the front of his shirt. How did it get there? Did he hurt someone? After ex Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martins Press, and Tor Teen for the free copy of this book to read and review.A young man named Rett wakes up on a cold and dark floor. He doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. Confused and curious, he gets up and begins to walk around to figure out just where he is and what is going on. He notices blood on the front of his shirt. How did it get there? Did he hurt someone? After exploring his surroundings, he discovers he is not alone. There is a young woman there with him, named Bryn. She has no memory of how she got there either. She asks Rett where the blood came from, and after hearing he has no idea what happened, Bryn fears her safety. Can she trust Rett? Is he telling the truth? The only thing they both know for certain is that they are locked in this room together. The question is why? Rett tries to escape from the room alone, only to wake up suddenly on the floor all over again….This book was interesting and had my interest from the very start. I was curious to find out why Rett and Bryn were locked together in a cold and dark room and why they had no idea where they were or how they got there. I was wanting to solve the mystery or just what exactly was going on. A few times they kept making progress it seemed, until they all of a sudden woke up on the cold floor of the same room again and again, as if everything was reset. I was interested in finding out why the story seemed to reset itself, and each time the story turned out a bit differently.Slowly all the pieces come together and you slowly learn what exactly is going on. I was frustrated when the story kept resetting and the day seemed to start all over again and was initially confused as to what was going on, but it made sense after a while. A few parts of the story for me I found dragged on a bit, but it picked up again for me near the end.Overall this was a pretty enjoyable read.3.5 stars
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I'll start off by saying I'm never a fan of the vague type of storytelling that just gives you nothing. This was a kind of Groundhog day to begin with, and I hated the repetition; I just wanted to know what the heck was going on and instead of being intrigued I was simply frustrated. Over and over and over again. Argh.It did pick up a little, but even as the action increased and things changed, I had been lost early and ne Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I'll start off by saying I'm never a fan of the vague type of storytelling that just gives you nothing. This was a kind of Groundhog day to begin with, and I hated the repetition; I just wanted to know what the heck was going on and instead of being intrigued I was simply frustrated. Over and over and over again. Argh.It did pick up a little, but even as the action increased and things changed, I had been lost early and never found myself enjoying this. There is a promise of good writing that just isn't held up by the actual story, and in all honesty, if this was from Bryn's POV it would be immensely improved. Rhet was kind of terrible (was that his name?) She was kick ass. I wanted more Bryn.Not the greatest read, but it may still appeal to others. Two stars.
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  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    It was an okay read. There was nothing really memorable about it, plus nothing really happened until about halfway through the book. I felt for the characters Rett and Bryn since they had no but each other. Other than that, it was just a mediocre book for me. It’s also more sci-fi than thriller, which is not particularly my favorite genre.
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  • Kelly Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping, insightful, totally mind-blowing. Buy this book.
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading: August 3rd 2018 "He'd known other empty places, knew how quickly they could fill with dread." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[When I first saw this book mentioned, I was immediately intrigued by both cover and blurb. There is just something about it that sounds dark and menacing; the promise of a very good dark thriller, especially with the potential amnesia angle. Wha Finished reading: August 3rd 2018 "He'd known other empty places, knew how quickly they could fill with dread." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[When I first saw this book mentioned, I was immediately intrigued by both cover and blurb. There is just something about it that sounds dark and menacing; the promise of a very good dark thriller, especially with the potential amnesia angle. What I can say is that The Echo Room definitely wasn't what I was expecting. It's one of those books that either works for you, or it doesn't... And sadly I belong to the second group. I don't want to give away too much of the plot to avoid ruining surprises, but let's just say it's more appropriate to call The Echo Room a science fiction read rather than a dark thriller. And I think I appreciated the whole idea behind this book a lot better than reading the actual story. There is no doubt that the author has thought up something really inventive and has come up with an original way to tell this story. Like the main characters, we are completely left in the dark about crucial information that would make it easier to understand what is really going on... While this can add a lot of intrigue when done right, I don't think I actually appreciated this technique in The Echo Room. I mostly felt the story was too vague and strange to be actually able to connect to it. I wasn't sure about the writing either, as the chapters just felt way too repetitive and didn't manage to keep me interested. Like I said before, I understand the reason behind this repetition and I find the idea itself ingenious; I just didn't enjoy actually reading it. I had problems with the main characters as well... Especially Rett came over as a bit whiny. Overall I thought The Echo Room was based on a very ingenious and inspiring idea, but unfortunately I liked the idea of this book a lot better than reading the actual story. This might just have been because The Echo Room simply isn't for me, so if you are into science fiction and don't mind repetition, you might just have a blast reading this one.When Rett wakes up on the floor of a cold and dark room, he doesn't know where he is or how he got there. The worst part is that he is locked in... and he is not alone. A girl named Bryn is trapped in the room with him, and neither trusts the other. Instead of working together, they each try to find out what is really happening and how to get out... They realize they will have to work together if they ever want to escape, but can they really trust each other?If you like science fiction, are looking for something different and don't mind repetition in the plot, you will probably enjoy The Echo Room a lot better than I did. I still really like the idea behind this story, but unfortunately I wasn't able to enjoy actually reading it. Between the lack of crucial information, repetitive chapters and lack of connection to the story and characters I had a hard time making it to the final page, although things did improve later on. The story was just too strange and vague for me... But like I said before, the problem might just have been me. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.
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  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    January 1, 1970
    Rett is terrified to wake up in a strange, dark room with the door jammed shut and an unfamiliar girl singing an eerie song. He doesn’t remember her or how he got there. It’s clear they’ll have to work together if they want to escape, but there’s danger outside of the bunker as well as within. When a mistake has deadly consequences, Rett wakes up in a strange, dark room with no memory of who he is or how he got there. For some reason, he’s reliving the same day again and again until he and Brynn Rett is terrified to wake up in a strange, dark room with the door jammed shut and an unfamiliar girl singing an eerie song. He doesn’t remember her or how he got there. It’s clear they’ll have to work together if they want to escape, but there’s danger outside of the bunker as well as within. When a mistake has deadly consequences, Rett wakes up in a strange, dark room with no memory of who he is or how he got there. For some reason, he’s reliving the same day again and again until he and Brynn find what they were put there for.I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan-Tor/Forge. This is a solid science fiction/dystopia novel, and if those were my genres, I think I would have rated it higher. The Echo Room is very well put-together and masterfully structured so that reading about the same day doesn’t get boring or repetitive. Rett discovers new things about Brynn and the bunker each time so that it feels like things are happening and the characters are developing even though time isn’t moving forward. It’s a little like a video game in the way that they have to complete certain steps in a specific order before they can move to the next “level”, or escape the bunker and find what they’re supposed to find. I was impressed by Peevyhouse’s controlled storytelling; it’s almost experimental without being difficult or off-putting to readers who don’t like experimental novels.I didn’t really get attached to the characters, but I think it’s more personal preference than a lack of development. Rett and Brynn are both resourceful and a little ruthless, which are good qualities in a slightly futuristic world with widespread famine, disease, and poverty. Rett is the more compassionate and needy of the two, and Brynn the more cutthroat, which puts an interesting dimension in their relationship; they need each other, but it’s never clear whether they can trust each other. The dialogue is surprisingly funny for overall grim circumstances. I typically find romances unnecessary, but there’s a slow burn in there that fits well with Rett’s general character.Books like this are rarely as interesting in explanation as they are in premise, so I was pleasantly surprised by the direction Peevyhouse takes it in. It’s a little more science fiction than I’m used to, but it’s well-explained and near enough to plausible that I didn’t feel like the rug was being yanked out from under me. The end provides enough closure to the plot but is still somewhat open-ended, and I was satisfied with the way things turned out. I would highly recommend it for fans of things like The Maze Runner (only with better writing).I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.
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  • Hannah L (Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Rhetts awakens to a blistering pain in his head, locked away with a strange girl, with no memory on how they got there. They don't know who to trust, and that is not aided by the fact that Rhett woke up with somebody else's blood on his hands. Why are they there? Why are they locked in? What have they locked out? A thriller/ mystery, The Echo Room cannot be described without giving away parts of the plot, which is unfair to any future readers. To prevent giving away any of the many plot points, Rhetts awakens to a blistering pain in his head, locked away with a strange girl, with no memory on how they got there. They don't know who to trust, and that is not aided by the fact that Rhett woke up with somebody else's blood on his hands. Why are they there? Why are they locked in? What have they locked out? A thriller/ mystery, The Echo Room cannot be described without giving away parts of the plot, which is unfair to any future readers. To prevent giving away any of the many plot points, this is as far as my description will go. Now to my thoughts on the story. I was bored. I was promised thrills unparalleled, but what I received was luke-warm confusion. I found that the story was an odd hodge-podge of a wanna-be horror, and dull thriller, and an odd and unexpected vomiting of science fiction. I found Rhett was a flat character, as was Bryn (his semi-companion), which was a huge negative influence on the rest of the novel. Plot wise, I see where it was trying to engage the audience, but I feel it fell short of its desired plan. The story just didn't do it for me, and neither did the characters. I don't really recommend The Echo Room and give it the rating of TWO AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!Want more of me? Go to: http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca
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  • Kasey Giard
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like this book should be an episode of Black Mirror. (Disclaimer: I’ve only seen two episodes of Black Mirror because I’m waaaaaay too much of a fraidy cat for things that qualify as horror-ish.). The Echo Room definitely had that otherworldly, spooky, outside-the-box feel to it. I loved that!While some parts of the story are simple—a boy, a girl, a quest to find an item—other parts are not so simple. Rett and Bryn have really fractured memories. They make assumptions from the clues aroun I feel like this book should be an episode of Black Mirror. (Disclaimer: I’ve only seen two episodes of Black Mirror because I’m waaaaaay too much of a fraidy cat for things that qualify as horror-ish.). The Echo Room definitely had that otherworldly, spooky, outside-the-box feel to it. I loved that!While some parts of the story are simple—a boy, a girl, a quest to find an item—other parts are not so simple. Rett and Bryn have really fractured memories. They make assumptions from the clues around them, but we start to piece things together almost before they do, which creates all sorts of interesting nail-biting tension.The beginning has a kind of repetitive rhythm to it (on purpose), but the way it’s written, you notice different things each time a repetition happens, so it feels like peeling back layers of the mystery, and that feeling kept me reading page after page.I found Rett and Bryn both really likeable. There’s a good balance between the plot with its sci-fi elements and the characters, which is a must for me when I read sci-fi. So The Echo Room definitely satisfied there.Though this is a very different kind of story, I think The Echo Room would appeal to readers who like Hayley Stone or Claudia Gray. I highly recommend it.
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  • Samantha Beard
    January 1, 1970
    Just under 4 stars for me! Don't want to say too much because of spoilers, but if you enjoyed Annihilation or movies like Cube and Memento I would recommend this book. It's a fun fast-paced thriller with some really interesting sci-fi elements. A lot of the book feels like a puzzle room, which I loved!
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  • Shanah
    January 1, 1970
    For this review and many others, please visit - https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.comIt’s been quite a long time since I’ve been this conflicted about a book. This one surprised me in ways that I didn’t expect. There were elements about it that I expected to just be ok that absolutely blew my mind. Then, the elements that I hoped would be the strongest, ended up being weakest. It’s confusing so I hope that I can explain myself clearly.First of all, let me start with the positives. The book st For this review and many others, please visit - https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.comIt’s been quite a long time since I’ve been this conflicted about a book. This one surprised me in ways that I didn’t expect. There were elements about it that I expected to just be ok that absolutely blew my mind. Then, the elements that I hoped would be the strongest, ended up being weakest. It’s confusing so I hope that I can explain myself clearly.First of all, let me start with the positives. The book starts off with a bang! This was one of the most captivating first chapters I’ve read in a long time! We are thrown into a situation right along with the two main characters. There’s no warning, no explanation, and no subtle introduction which was very effective. We meet Rett and Bryn as they wake up in an abandoned bunker of sorts. Neither one has a recollection of how they got there, they don’t recognize each other, and one of them is covered in blood. We learn very quickly how dire and dark their situation is and are immediately thrust into a game of who and what to trust. Normally suspense isn’t something I enjoy – AT ALL! But in this case, I couldn’t get enough! The way the beginning of this book was written was just so gritty and dark! These characters are desperate, afraid, and confused, and I felt like I could feel all of these emotions along with them. The atmosphere she creates is fascinating!My second favourite thing about this book was the Groundhog Day effect. If there’s ever a book, movie, or TV show that has this, I will consume it no matter what. I am a complete sucker for this! If you aren’t aware of what this means, it’s where a person re-lives the same day over and over again. If you react in the same way, the day will play out exactly as it did the first time. But if you start to chance subtle things, there’s a domino effect of the day ending a little differently every time. Check out the movie Groundhog Day! I was a little confused at first though as there was no indication that this was happening. Each part of the book is separated by time stamps, so when the same things were repeating along with the times, I finally figured it out. If I would have known that’s what was happening, I would have been less confused and been able to focus more on the story. So I hope that by telling you this, that you will be a little less confused than I was. This was one of my favourite things about this book though, confusion aside.After the first half of the book is where things went downhill. I enjoyed the first half IMMENSELY!!! But, little by little, the book started to feel familiar. It reminded me so much of other dystopians that I’ve read in the past (specifically The Maze Runner) – so much so, that I could predict what was going to happen. It didn’t feel completely original. Still well written, but not unique.And then came the truth of the whole situation…… ugh! I’m sorry but no. It just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it’s because I went into this expecting a thriller/crime mystery or not – but that’s definitely not how this one ends. The big reveal just didn’t make sense and it felt a little too far fetched. I guess I felt as though it was unnecessary. I understood how it all worked and came together, but it was just – weird. I can’t really explain it either. I just didn’t enjoy the direction it went.As much as I really didn’t enjoy the ending, I will say that the first half of this book completely sold me on her writing abilities! It takes a lot to give me the chills, creep me out, and doubt who to trust. But this one completed that expertly! But due to the lack of originality, and the weird ending, I rated this one 3 stars.Thank you to Raincoast Books and Tor Teen for providing me with an advanced copy. All opinions in this review are truthful and uninfluenced.
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  • Kristina Reads - Books. Blogs. Memes.
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThe Echo Room is one wild ride. Part Maze Runner, part Edge of Tomorrow, you will be on the edge of your seat for the entirety of this book.In the future, the world is dying. Crops aren’t producing the way they’re supposed to, and the ones that do cause debilitating illness. Children are being abandoned in droves at boarding houses such as Walling Home. Rett and Bryn only have this knowledge to go off of as they wake up, again and again, and attempt to figure out the mystery of their ci 4.5 starsThe Echo Room is one wild ride. Part Maze Runner, part Edge of Tomorrow, you will be on the edge of your seat for the entirety of this book.In the future, the world is dying. Crops aren’t producing the way they’re supposed to, and the ones that do cause debilitating illness. Children are being abandoned in droves at boarding houses such as Walling Home. Rett and Bryn only have this knowledge to go off of as they wake up, again and again, and attempt to figure out the mystery of their circumstances.This is a book that relies heavily on mystery to so I won’t really say much more than that. This is a quick read, and pretty exciting from start to finish, except for a bit of a dead part in the middle. It was still interesting and important, just a little slow.There’s also a bit of a savoir that shows up and tells them a bunch of information they’re looking for in one fell swoop, which I think is ok for this type of book. It could have taken longer for Bryn and Rett to figure out what was going on, and the book wouldn’t have been as exciting. In order to keep the intensity high, the discovery process is just a bit rushed. There are still plenty of twists and turns and revelations to be made over the entire course of the book.This book doesn’t seem to have a lot of buzz yet but I think this is a great YA sci-fi read that deserves some more attention. Definitely check it out when it’s released in a couple of weeks.I received a free copy of this book in exchanged for my unbiased review.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Rett and Bryn continually awaken in the apocalyptic future in the Echo Room.Step 1: Rett wakes up in a locked metal room with no memory of how he got there. He has blood on his clothes and hands. Soon he sees Bryn, who is also locked in the room with no memory of how she got there. As they talk, they discover they are both from the government-run shelter for abandoned youth, Walling House. Rett tries to discover a way out of the room. He finds a broken lock on one door. He finds hidden doors to Rett and Bryn continually awaken in the apocalyptic future in the Echo Room.Step 1: Rett wakes up in a locked metal room with no memory of how he got there. He has blood on his clothes and hands. Soon he sees Bryn, who is also locked in the room with no memory of how she got there. As they talk, they discover they are both from the government-run shelter for abandoned youth, Walling House. Rett tries to discover a way out of the room. He finds a broken lock on one door. He finds hidden doors to two other rooms. However, there is no food or water immediately available—just a bin filled with empty water bottles and another with strangely glowing green tubes. The only clue is the phrase “SCATTER 3” on one of the walls. Step 2: Explore. Get scared. Repeat Step 1. Rett and Bryn learn a bit more with each repetition.The mystery is intriguing. The setting in a wrecked near future world is eerily unsettling. Even though it’s marketed as young adult science fiction, the Echo Room works well as an adult thriller too. While the pacing slowed a bit in the middle, the plot kept the reader engaged. It will make a great movie someday. It is perfect for fans of puzzles and intriguing situations like in the Maze Runner.It appears that a sequel may be planned. I’m looking forward to that book. This one deserves 4 stars.Thanks to the publisher, Tor Teen, and NetGalley for an advance copy.
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  • Chelsea Girard
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to Parker PeeveyHouse and the publisher, Tor Teen for sending me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.Parker Peevyhouse wrote an good young adult book for those who love a good suspense and thrilling novel that literally puts you in the situation of not knowing what’s going on. Rett and Bryn , to me where a force to be reckoned with and act as if they acted just how anyone would act in their situation. I found the book to be all over the place and the chapters really d Special thanks to Parker PeeveyHouse and the publisher, Tor Teen for sending me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.Parker Peevyhouse wrote an good young adult book for those who love a good suspense and thrilling novel that literally puts you in the situation of not knowing what’s going on. Rett and Bryn , to me where a force to be reckoned with and act as if they acted just how anyone would act in their situation. I found the book to be all over the place and the chapters really dragged on. I’m not sure if it was just not my type of story but I found that the story just wasn’t what I thought it would be like. I wouldn’t call this a Sci-Fi book but more of a dystopian more than anything. I wish it would have picked up faster and grabbed my attention more as when I read, I felt as if I wasn’t entirely enjoying it but just wanting to see if it amounted to anything.I did enjoy the storyline however as I wa compelled to the idea of being locked away and throwing away the key of body, mind and spirit. There were many twists and turns and some of the character’s wittiness made me smile from time to time. I would recommend this book to those who love a slow mystery and trying to figure out the missing pieces of the puzzle. Good luck to Parker Peeyhouse on her writing journey as I hope to read more novels by her in the future.
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  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty and intense, THE ECHO ROOM is a terrific sci-fi thriller about two teens who wake in a locked building with no memory of how they got there and little reason to trust one another (or anyone else). Watching the two piece together the clues in escape-room fashion and ultimately figure out the story behind their imprisonment is mind-bending fun, especially when a huge twist that you'll never see coming throws everything out the window. My 4-star rating reflects the fact that the story feels Twisty and intense, THE ECHO ROOM is a terrific sci-fi thriller about two teens who wake in a locked building with no memory of how they got there and little reason to trust one another (or anyone else). Watching the two piece together the clues in escape-room fashion and ultimately figure out the story behind their imprisonment is mind-bending fun, especially when a huge twist that you'll never see coming throws everything out the window. My 4-star rating reflects the fact that the story feels a bit derivative at times, with the nefarious adult forces we see so often in YA literature operating behind the scenes to exploit the teen heroes. (One of the cover blurbs likens the book to THE MAZE RUNNER, and it's an apt comparison.) But the setting is unique, the pacing exquisite, and the mysteries never-ending. I'd hand this to any reader, teen or otherwise, who's looking for a story with a great premise, cool world-building, and a plot that keeps you guessing as much as the characters.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Tor Teen for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you! Even though the synopsis sounds super interesting, this book was difficult for me to get into and I didn't really like the repetitiveness of the book. I didn't care for Bryn's character much, and felt she was far too rude to Rett. I get that Rett is a stranger and everything, but he's only trying to help!? The world building was pretty great, as was the overa I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Tor Teen for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you! Even though the synopsis sounds super interesting, this book was difficult for me to get into and I didn't really like the repetitiveness of the book. I didn't care for Bryn's character much, and felt she was far too rude to Rett. I get that Rett is a stranger and everything, but he's only trying to help!? The world building was pretty great, as was the overall plot.The ending was much better than the beginning and helped to redeem the book a bit for me. I also felt that any questions I had were answered. So if you can handle books that take a bit of getting into but end well, this book might be for you.
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  • Gordon Jack
    January 1, 1970
    The Echo Room starts with some intriguing questions. How did Rett find himself locked in a small depot with a terrible headache and a bloodstained jumpsuit? Who’s that girl singing an oddly familiar song and what’s that ominous scratching outside the door? The mysteries deepen as the pages turn, pulling the reader into a fascinating world filled with dangers, both physical and psychological. This was a gripping read that stole a weekend away from me because I couldn’t put it down. It engages the The Echo Room starts with some intriguing questions. How did Rett find himself locked in a small depot with a terrible headache and a bloodstained jumpsuit? Who’s that girl singing an oddly familiar song and what’s that ominous scratching outside the door? The mysteries deepen as the pages turn, pulling the reader into a fascinating world filled with dangers, both physical and psychological. This was a gripping read that stole a weekend away from me because I couldn’t put it down. It engages the mind and the heart in the best way. Plus, there are giant bugs.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    First, I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy of this book for me to read and provide an honest review.This book was not for me. I couldn't connect with the characters and just couldn't get past the "Groundhog Day" feel I had while reading. While I found the storyline interesting and unique, by the time I got to the halfway mark of this book I just didn't care anymore. I tried. I really did.
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  • Lectus
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn't for me. I didn't mind the repetitions (living the same thing over) if I had some clue of what was going on. Unfortunately, the author wanted me to find out along with the characters and this technique did not work for me.I was also bored of Rett's little internal dialogues. What was really going on? Why were there locked up in that room? I have no idea and lost all interest to find out.Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the description of this book, and it has a Maze Runner/Groundhog Day/Memento feel to it.  As the description implies, Rett has 'do overs', waking in the same room, Bryn with him, etc., and although the descriptions vary each time he wakes, the repetition gets to be a bit much pretty quickly.  The pace picks up somewhere around the 50% mark.With their backgrounds, it's easy to sympathize with Rett and Bryn, and their trust issues are understandable.  Their lives haven't been easy.  I enjo I liked the description of this book, and it has a Maze Runner/Groundhog Day/Memento feel to it.  As the description implies, Rett has 'do overs', waking in the same room, Bryn with him, etc., and although the descriptions vary each time he wakes, the repetition gets to be a bit much pretty quickly.  The pace picks up somewhere around the 50% mark.With their backgrounds, it's easy to sympathize with Rett and Bryn, and their trust issues are understandable.  Their lives haven't been easy.  I enjoy anything having to do with time travel - this book adds a nice spin to it, and the world-building is interesting.While Echo Room held my attention for the most part, it was just an okay read for me.  I never felt like there was a 'big reveal' moment, and the ending comes about quietly.  I'm not sure if the author has a sequel in mind, but there's potential for one.  This isn't a bad book by any means, just more of a slow burn for sci-fi fans.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Peevyhouse has an utterly unique imagination. She plays with time, with tension, and with minds like nobody else. This book is equal parts thrilling and ingenious!
  • Randy
    January 1, 1970
    Tore through this one. A great sci-fi WTF-is-going-on kind of story.
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