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YA Conspiracy Thriller Early Review: Echoes by Laura Tisdall

Echoes by Laura Tisdall

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

Volatile mathematical genius Mallory Park is living two lives. In one, she is balancing senior year with looking after her little brother and troubled ex-Marine father; 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 cyber 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 start 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?

Release date: Sept 8th 2015

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 If you like me used to be a fan of Hackers and loved Digital Fortress, you are most likely to enjoy the hell out of Echoes.

Mallory Park aka Echo Six is a sixteen year old hacker by night and a young girl with a severe phobia of being touched by day. She battles through her fears every day she goes to school and has to interact with people. She wears gloves and does everything in the least noticeable manner so as not to stand out.

Her dad is an ex-Marine suffering from severe PTSD, her mother left, and Mallory is the one taking care of her father and younger brother Jed. 

In a way, her life as a hacker is the one thing that lets her cope with all her stresses and anxieties. Cracking the codes, doing hacks on demand leaves her in control. She is one of the Elites, she is respected and even made into a moderator of the elusive Forum - an ever-changing community of very talented hackers who uncover the truth behind shady corporate practices and share it with the world.

When the admin of the Forum, The Asker, contacts Echo Six with an info that a few prominent hackers have disappeared, he asks her help with locating one of them, his friend and member of the Forum. Then The Asker goes under and Mallory is ready to break all the rules to find him, and to do that she enlists help of her only friend from the Forum, The Warden.

Soon her investigation spirals out of control. Both Echo Six and The Warden are just kids who get entangled in search of a major supervirus, rumoured to be able to change Internet as we know it, and Mallory's phobia doesn't help. Everything is out of control, and the dangers are suddenly very real and physical.

Mallory's style is almost militaristic in its structure, dryness and simplicity. Yet, it's completely believable. Her brain works very differently, and the reader is able to immerse themselves into its thinking process. I really, really liked her. She had all the traits of a kick ass heroine with a strong sense of justice, she was abrupt and paranoid and snarky.

On the other hand, Warden was adorable! A sweet, charming, nice guy, clumsy, nervous and funny, he was a perfect sidekick. They worked really well as a team.

The plot itself was solid. Yes, you could guess the villain way before it became obvious to the main characters, but that didn't diminish my pleasure from this book, which was intense, action packed and very visual. It showed, not told things in the most efficient way. I love authors with no-nonsense attitude, and Miss Tisdall had it in spades. Much recommended, and I'm looking forward to more of her books.

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Если вы, как и я, остались фанатом Хакеров и взахлёб читали Цифровую Крепость, то эта книга точно вам понравится.

Мэллори Парк ака Эхо Шесть- шестнадцатилетний хакер ночами, и подросток с тяжёлой фобией прикосновения (гафофобией) днём. Она борется со своими страхами каждый день в школе и на работе, носит перчатки и делает всё возможное, чтобы не привлекать внимание окружающих. 

Её отец - бывший морской пехотинец, страдает тяжёлым ПТСР (посттравматическим стрессовым расстройством), мать ушла, и именно на плечах Мэллори лежит забота о младшем брате, Джеде. Наверное поэтому её тайная жизнь элитного хакера несёт в себе такой важный смысл. Здесь происходящее под её полным контролем, здесь её уважают и здесь её взломы кодов раскрывают правду и доносят её массам людей. 

Мэллори является модератором Форума - тайного, постоянно дрейфующего сайта элитных хакеров, и когда к ней обращается его админ - Аскер с просьбой помочь ему разыскать нескольких известных хакеров, включая его друга, исчезнувших из эфира пару недель назад, Мэллори разрывается между чувством долга и желанием сохранить свою личную жизнь в тайне. Затем из эфира исчезает и Аскер, и вот уже Эху Шесть и её другу из Форума, Уордену предстоит решиться на нарушение правил и найти что же произошло с ним в реальном мире.

Парочка быстро оказывается по шее в неприятностях, и их жизням теперь грозит реальная опасность от тех, кто пытается разыскать легендарный супервирус Дедала, способный взломать все протоколы безопасности в интернете.

Мне очень понравилась Мэллори. В ней есть все задатки супер-героини. Она храбра, практична и готова на всё ради своих друзей. У неё также сильно развито чувство справедливости. Мэллори настолько хорошо описана, с её параноидальным, суховатым стилем мышления, что мне не заставило труда залесть к ней в голову и понять как и почему она что-то делает. Уорден наоборот во многом ей противоположен. Он мил, очарователен, мягок и нервнен. Для Эха Шесть он идеальный сайдкик, и парочка прекрасно работает вместе.

Сюжет в этой книге довольно прочный, и его единственный недостаток - это очевидность злодея, который виден читателю задолго до главных героев. Однако в остальном книга получилась интенсивная, напряженная и очень увлекательная. Прекрасный триллер, рекомендую!

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