Echoes of War
Book 1 in the Echoes Trilogy
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By Cheryl Campbell
Paperback release date: September 10, 2019
Dani’s whole world implodes when she discovers she is not human, but an Echo, a race of aliens that can regenerate after death to a younger age. A member of the Brigands, survivors who scavenge to live, she is in danger of falling into the hands of the Wardens. The Wardens are aliens like her who want to brainwash Echoes who are not a part of their mission, and kill all the humans. She also has to worry about MP raids, the human police group. This apocalyptic life was what she knew until she saved a little boy from death. Inspired by the boy, Dani wonders if there is not more that can be done to stop the Wardens from destroying MPs and Brigands alike, no matter if human or Echo. If that is not enough, Dani is also the object of deadly obsession of one of the Wardens, of whom Dani had humiliated and wounded in one of her previous lives.
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This novel hits all the right spots. It is full of battle action and death and feats of courage. This does not take away from the deep character connections between Dani and her family and friends. There are parts that truly gut you. I’m a sucker for unique apocalypse ideas because there are so many out there, and this one checks that box. I could not put this one down until I knew how it ended. And it pulled off a nice setup for the next one.
Campbell has created a badass female protagonist who despite being an alien, displays a human vulnerability as she second guesses her every move, but acts quick and determined in the face of battle. Dani is the hero in all of us, while also being the scared person in all of us. I loved her toughness and reluctant softness, and found myself empathizing with those who loved her, because I came to love her. I cannot wait for the next book!
From the publisher:
Decades of war started by a genocidal faction of aliens threatens the existence of any human or alien resisting their rule on Earth. Dani survives by scavenging enough supplies to live another day while avoiding the local military and human-hunting Wardens. But then she learns that she is part of the nearly immortal alien race of Echoes—not the human she’s always thought herself to be—and suddenly nothing in her life seems certain.
Following her discovery of her alien roots, Dani risks her well-being to save a boy from becoming a slave—a move that only serves to make her already-tenuous existence on the fringes of society in Maine even more unstable, and which forces her to revisit events and people from past lives she can’t remember. Dani believes the only way to defeat the Wardens and end their dominance is to unite the Commonwealth’s military and civilians, and she becomes resolved to play her part in this battle. Her attempts to change the bleak future facing the humans and Echoes living on Earth suffering under the Wardens will lead her to clash with a tyrant determined to kill her and all humankind—a confrontation that even her near-immortal heritage may not be able to help her survive.
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