Comparing ‘Echo Boy’ by Matt Haig

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How did I get it?:
A copy was provided from Random House. Many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her. The Echo Boy is a powerful story about love, loss and what makes us truly human.

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Thoughts:

Thoughts before you started reading Echo Boy?

CHRISSI: My first Matt Haig book… excited!!! I also thought it sounded really interesting.

LUNA: Matt Haig, Matt Haig, Matt Haig! Essentially I just danced around my living room with happiness; I’ve read a couple of Matt Haig’s book and know how awesome his writing is.

What did you think of Audrey and Daniel?

CHRISSI: Echo Boy is full of some well-developed characters who I found incredibly intriguing. It’s particularly interesting to read from Audrey and Daniel’s point of view. I really liked both characters. It took me a bit longer to warm to Audrey, but I did think she was an incredibly intelligent, thoughtful narrator. I loved Daniel straight away.

LUNA: I loved them both, particularly Daniel who stole my heart from the moment he appeared. I kept forgetting that the story only takes place over a short space of time but the connection between the Audrey and Daniel is so convincing.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I have to say the best bit about Echo Boy, aside from the fast-paced, interesting story, is simply Matt Haig’s writing. I found it incredibly engaging and at many points, I re-read sentences because I thought they were beautiful and I could relate them. It’s a story full of love, loss, hope and what it is to be human.

LUNA: Apart from the writing (which of course if wonderful) it’s the emotions that Echo Boy bring forth that really stuck with me. I was surprisingly attached to Audrey and Daniel, particularly the conundrum that Daniel’s existence his. Technically not ‘alive’ but yet he is. Also I rarely despise characters, even when they’re supposed to be evil yet Matt Haig succeeded in making me do just that.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: It’s hard to pinpoint a worst bit, as I didn’t really think there was a worst bit! I guess if I’m being picky, then I would say it took me a couple of chapters to really feel engaged in the story. Not a major thing at all. It seems pointless mentioning it, but I have to answer the question! Don’t let that answer put you off. As soon as I got into the story, I was happily stuck turning the pages, devouring each page and loving the story!

LUNA: There wasn’t actually anything I didn’t like about the book, as in thinking its bad – but when Daniel learns hate. That particular part of the story broke my heart. 😦

Favourite bit/moment?:

CHRISSI: I loved the interactions between Audrey and Daniel. (Can I mention the beautiful writing again please?)

LUNA: It’s a Daniel/Audrey moment towards the end of the book but I can’t explain more without giving away spoilers. Also the fact that this book just constantly makes you think about things.

Was Echo Boy what you expected?

CHRISSI: I was expecting amazing things. I had heard so many wonderful things about Matt Haig’s writing. I fell in love with his writing and very much enjoyed reading Echo Boy.

LUNA: Yes, though I didn’t anticipate quite the emotional attachment to Daniel and Audrey as I ended up with.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

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8 thoughts on “Comparing ‘Echo Boy’ by Matt Haig

  1. This sounds intriguing, and your comments make me want to go and look into it more! (I have way too many books to read, but us bookworms can’t help ourselves.)

  2. Echo Boy was actually my first Matt Haig, so Chrissi *high five*. I really loved Echo Boy though, too. It did take me a few chapters to get interested in the characters (not the story, because I was addicted to the writing) but I didn’t feel the connection straight away. By the end I still felt like I had this little bit of detachment from them but it didn’t stop me from loving it any less. It definitely was a thinker book though, so many thoughts after it (and I read it back in Feb, and can still remember everything about it, so that’s a plus), haha. Glad you both enjoyed it!

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    • *high five* Woohoo! I was totally in love with Matt’s writing. It’s so beautiful. I’m glad you felt the same way to begin with, like you, I got very attached to the characters towards the end. I shall be definitely checking out more of Matt’s work!

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