ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke

Posted February 23, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
ECHO Campaign by Taylor BrookeEcho Campaign by Taylor Brooke
Series: Isolation #2
Also in this series: Omen Operation
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on November 1st 2016
Genres: Science fiction, Suspense
Pages: 291
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…
Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.
Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…
When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.
There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…
Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.
As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…
Save her friends—or save humanity.

Main points

This book was super good. I’d say it didn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome at all.

To be fair, I didn’t remember too much of the first one, but bits and pieces came back to me as I read this one. I had forgotten just how character-driven it was. Seriously, the dynamic between them was almost more intriguing than the plot.

It was just all over the place. Trust was mixed with distrust so frequently, and even when people made up it didn’t feel genuine. A lot of the “steamy scenes” didn’t feel right for one reason or another. The emotional aspect just wasn’t optimal. But really, who could blame them, with so much going on? I was never really quite sure who felt which way about whom at any given time.

But I could feel the emotion. Man, it was crazy intense. Mostly the rage and distrust. When they were mad, it was all-consuming, and for the reader too. I would put the book down to go do something and I would just be furious, and I’d have to stop and think about why and realize that the book had a lot to do with it. It made it a little bit difficult when the characters did things I disagreed with, but it was an interesting opportunity for introspection. I learned a bit about myself. I know that in the first book it took me a while to warm up to Gabriel, and in this book I didn’t like her much either, but she and I have a lot in common. Who she was at the beginning is who I would be.

I liked how each character was given a personality, but it blended together sometimes to the point where I felt like if there was a group decision to be made, there would have to be a dissenter (as per usual), and I felt like that role was given out randomly (most of the time). Few were inherently skeptical about everything. I don’t know, it felt like there were few personality traits that could be pinned down to specific individuals, and they were mostly pretty similar. It showed when they were being described, describing each other, even when they were given assignments.

As for the plot, it was pretty good. Again, nothing too out-of-left-field or super unique. Yes, there were plot twists, but nothing really shocked me. Just made things more interesting. It does make me curious about the third book. To be honest, as much as the characters drive the story, it’s the plot that makes me want to read more. I wonder why that is.

The writing was really good as well. Very well paced. The only thing is that the descriptions of the emotions they each sensed got a little distracting at times. I never did get all of them down, which scent goes with which emotion, but I got a few.

All in all, great book!

  reaction upon finishing

Ah neat! Let’s see where this goes.

this book in one word

the FEELS, man

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About Taylor Brooke

Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Romance
four-stars
Ending
four-half-stars
Feels
five-stars
Overall: four-stars

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Giselle
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Great review, Alicia! This sounds like a great series and well written, too. I love with when book 2 actually ads to the story and is not just a filler book. Glad you liked it! :)

Taylor Brooke
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Thank you so much for reviewing ECHO Campaign. I would love to see it appear on the ECHO Campaign Amazon page as well :) Look out for the Legacy Strain tour in July!

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