Echo City

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Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest spire. And beneath the city, a ...

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Overview

Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest spire. And beneath the city, a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable from sorcery. They believe there is something more beyond the endless desert . . . but what?

It is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to change. Frail and amnesiac, he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City—or perhaps to its end, for he is not the only new arrival. From the depths beneath Echo City, something ancient and deadly is rising. Now Peer, Gorham, Nophel, and Nadielle msut test the limits of love and loyalty, courage and compassion, as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history.

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Praise for Tim Lebbon

“[Tim] Lebbon’s work is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.”—Fangoria

“Lebbon is a master of fantasy and horror and his visions make for disturbing and compelling reading.”—Douglas Clegg

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553593228
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Lebbon is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including The Island, Fallen, Dusk, Dawn, and, with Christopher Golden, Mind the Gap and The Map of Moments. He has won four British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award, and several of his books and short stories are in development as movies. He lives in South Wales with his wife and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Hated this book

    I bought this book because I was looking for something similar to the Hunger Games, this is not at all what I expected, the only part that is even close to the Hunger Games is that its kind of a future like setting. I read the reviews first and people seemed to like this "creative" book. The only reason I even finished this was because I paid for it. Hated this book. I didnt like the story line or the way things were explained and its rather boring. I didnt even like the characters personalities. There was nothing about this book that I liked.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Echo City

    Echo City is literally surrounded by danger. All around is a poisonous desert and there is something definitely lurking under the city soon to rise and destroy it! This city is thought to be the only human existence remaining since the desert surrounds it and no one has ever survived crossing it nor has anyone come out of the desert.until now.
    A group of 'revolutionaries'-the Watchers-take it upon themselves to protect this stranger from across the desert, though he seems to have lost most of his memories. An interesting cast of characters including lovers, ex lovers, servants and scientists are all a part of the group. Peer witnesses the stranger coming from the desert and she brings him to the Watchers, whom she is no longer a part of for protection.
    The theocracy that rules Echo City is determined to keep its secrets, no matter what the cost. Innovative characters and interesting new scientific techniques are discussed and described. The stranger may be the answer many of Echo City's legends or he could be the city's salvation.
    Lebbon creates a completely new and exciting, if dark, world that draws the reader in to want to learn more and suddenly you aren't just reading, you are a part of the book!

    Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Another great book from Lebbon

    Tim Lebbon is one of the few authors writing today that does it so well you almost forget you're reading a book. His imagination, originality, and storytelling ranks up there with the likes of King, Matheson, Lovecraft, and Bradbury. Echo City is a great read. Lebbon creates a world so interesting, that you can't help but be sucked in immediately. You won't be disappointed by this book, or any of his other works.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

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    Readers will appreciate this powerful tale.

    Echo City is a theocracy in which the Church is the government with both run by the Marcellan family with an iron fist. Political opposition is forbidden with dissenters punished by exile or death. Peer Nadawa is caught speaking against the leadership so is sent to reside with criminals living in Skulk Canton; she will not be allowed back as she knows too much. Bordering the Skulk is a poisoned desert The Boneyard. There Peer observes a man crossing the forbidden waste; she believes it is a sign that the end of days for Echo City is upon us. She tells the sickly stranger that his coming has been expected. Additionally Peer finds her former lover Gorham who betrayed her leading a rebel force. She puts aside her personal feelings to go with the newcomer to meet the genetic scientist Nadielle underneath the city where her lab experiments are conducted. However, Peer knows an ancient essence is rising from way under the city; this beast must be stopped before it destroys Echo City as this legend has been passed down throughout history. Tim Lebbon is knows for his ability to merge elements of fantasy and horror together inside of riveting thrillers (see The Chamber of Ten). His current amalgam story line is action-packed from the beginning even as Mr. Lebbon establishes the critical realistic Echo City's culture especially the rules of order. The characters are fully developed particularly the heroine, her betrayer, the geneticist and an odd person at the top of the spires; the stranger is kept as an enigma purposely adding to the suspense and sense of foreboding. Readers will appreciate this strong tale. Harriet Klausner

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