Echoes by Alice Reeds | Stranded on Confusing AF

Posted September 19, 2018 by Sophia

Echoes by Alice Reeds | Stranded on Confusing AF

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Echoes by Alice Reeds | Stranded on Confusing AFEchoes by Alice Reeds
Published by Entangled: Teen on August 7, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won't let them leave alive.

A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Echoes by Alice Reeds is so confusing yet interesting at the exact same time.

Alice Reed’s latest novel is super vague in its synopsis with two teens (Fiona and Miles) applying for an internship and somehow waking up on a deserted island with no recollection of how they got there in the first place.

I can’t tell if my feelings are a good thing or a bad thing. I have so many thoughts and feelings about Echoes, so I’m going to run around in the middle. 🤔

Echoes is confusing AF

Reeds lays out this book in two time periods – Berlin and the island. Berlin is supposedly right before they got to the island, but I am left with so many questions of how they even got there.

Heck, I’m left with so many questions after finishing the novel. If that was Reeds’s intention, she did a phenomenal job with it, because I’m confused AF with a vague idea of what even happened.

There is instalove

You don’t even need to try to know that this is instalove and enemies to lovers on the spot. Fiona and Miles are high school enemies – they’ve hated each other from the moment they met and somehow ended up on an island together. Alone. What else is going to happen in the world of book tropes? 🤷

To be honest, this book makes you think

I don’t think I’ve walked away even one step ahead from each chapter without having to retrace my steps and think about what really happened. This might be why I’m still super confused – I’m constantly asking, “How did this happen?” and “Why did this happen?”

I had to step away a lot because I was confused. My brain was just pure:

I’m still lost and I have not returned from this lostness. (Maybe I was tired.)

It still kept you interested despite the confusion

I nearly DNFed this book, but I wanted to know what happened and what will happen at the end. Fortunately for fictional books, I don’t get killed for being curious.

The characters felt pretty flat and writing was meh

I didn’t care too much about Fiona and Miles – sure I want them alive, but do I care? Not really… I cared more about how they got there in the first and how they got from Berlin to a deserted island. All I got from the characters is:

  1. Fiona is a champion kickboxer
  2. Miles is a wealthy and popular kid at school
  3. Their fathers didn’t really give a shit about them

Plus the writing! First of all, let’s set aside that confusion and focus on the writing by itself, which was okay, but definitely not the best. There was a lot of telling and descriptions that made me want to roll over and fall asleep than “I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.” And for me, meh writing + confusion = does not have the desire to continue the book.

Honestly, Echoes is just plain confusion, which is great if you want to be confused. I just felt like I had no answers by the end of the book when all I wanted were answers.

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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11 responses to “Echoes by Alice Reeds | Stranded on Confusing AF

  1. Yikes, it’s one thing for a book to have an air of mystery and be vague, but when you’re just confused and nothing makes sense, that’s not good! The bland characters probably don’t help. Thanks for the honest review!

  2. I’m not fond of books that alternate two timelines. It’s super confusing to follow, and I’m typically more interested in one timeline than the other. The instalove would also be a dealbreaker. Sorry this fell flat for you. Thanks for the honest view!

  3. Darn, I was so excited to read this. Instalove is horrible, but it’s even worse when the characters hated each other and then just randomly fall in love. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That seems to be the consensus on this thing, that it’s a confusing mess? lol and some like it anyway and others are like *hurl it away in disgust*. Or maybe somewhere in the middle? I have this one to read next, so I’m not sure WHAT I’m getting myself into haha, but at least I’ll be able to know what all the confusion is about! Sorry this was a bit disappointing tho.

  5. Definitely think I need to stay away from this one with the not so great writing, insta love, and lots of confusion. That’s a bummer you didn’t really get the answers you kept reading for either.


  6. I’m sorry you didn’t like it that much. I thought it was pretty good. I think it was meant to be a little confusing though. I do wish that the book had explained the whole thing about Berlin though. It’s almost like the book is supposed to be a duology.

  7. I find confusing stories irritating, too. I wonder if there’s going to be a sequel that might clear up some of the confusion? As much as I like series in general, I’d really prefer for the first instalment of them to answer as many questions as possible about who the characters are and what they’re doing.

  8. Is this part of a series? It sounds as though the author might have been deliberately holding back parts of the narrative to create mystery but instead created more confusion in readers sadly. It reminds me a little of a young adult version of Lost. The premise is really interesting but just let down by the finer details. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this a little more Soph but loved your review! ♡♡♡

  9. I’m a huge non-fan of insta-love. And love triangles for that matter. It sounds like although this book had some good points as well, I will avoid it. Too many other books to read.

    By the way, you have an excellent review technique. Love the bold commentary that makes it easy to skim.