ARC Review: Echoes by Laura Tisdall

Posted December 6, 2015 by Sophia
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ARC Review: Echoes by Laura Tisdall

ARC Review: Echoes by Laura TisdallEchoes by Laura Tisdall
Published by Tizl Press on September 8, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook
Source: Author


“There is truth to be shared. Let us begin…”

Volatile genius Mallory Park is living two lives. In one, she is trying to survive senior year, balancing OCD and social anxiety with looking after her troubled family. In the other, she spends her nights glued to her laptop, breaking into some of the world's most secure systems as the hacker Echo Six.

As part of a corruption-exposing network called The Forum, Mallory is far more at ease among the codes and hidden identities of her online world than she has ever been in the real one - but when other hackers suddenly begin to go missing, she finds herself caught up in a web of secrets that could have repercussions far beyond both...

When anyone can be a name on a screen, how do you know who to trust?

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Three words: Hackers. Go. Missing.

I’m not talking baby hackers who have no clue what they’re doing and slipped up badly – I’m talking top of the ladder ones.

Mallory Park is a hacker who moderates The Forum, a message board where hackers are anonymous, crack down on the dirty secrets of companies, and leak them out to the world anonymously. She’s extremely motivated and passionate about her work, and likes to have control – she’s independent, wants to do her own thing, and based on her background, it definitely fits her character. Mallory, however…

Just comes out cold. Apathetic. Indifferent. She doesn’t really have any clue what to do with herself because hacking IS who she is. She is also extremely brilliant (I would love to have her math skills right now in Calculus…), hates being touched (much like me…), and is as awkward as David 1 and David 2 (one of them is a Physics major and the other is terrible with metaphors).

While I like Mallory, I think Mallory came more out of her shell when she meets Warden. Warden is very cheery, optimistic, and hilarious – he’s really just one of those adorable nerds who would love to squish hug. And despite the fact he is introduced as Mallory’s online friend from The Forum, I can hear his voice and see his facial expressions leaping off the screen at Mallory.

There’s so much anticipation and danger (and Warden’s humor laced throughout) as Mallory gets closer to finding out about the missing hackers, but in the long run, Echoes really just teaches about online safety in a similar, yet different way compared to other books related to online safety.

But you should really just read it for Warden’s humor.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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