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The Echo Wife

por Sarah Gailey

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Evelyn is kind of a big deal in the scientific world, and the book opens with her getting ready, alone, for a dinner that is honoring her and giving her an award. This is to show you, I guess, how she doesn't need anyone, and still is amazing. In the course of the evening we learn she is separated from her husband, who later we learn is really a selfish, lazy jerk. What she has learned though, is that she has stolen her work (and some of her supplies) to make himself an Evelyn replica, but one a little easier for him to deal with! Evelyn and Martine (clone woman) strike up a pseudo-friendship and deal with the aftermath of Nathan's bad choices. I liked the story, the plot as well as the relationship between all of the characters kept me reading. The ending could have been a little better; it just kinda ended... ( )
  relorenz1064 | Nov 21, 2021 |
I found this on Hoopla after seeing it on the ToB longlist, and what a surprise! I had never heard of this book, but was happy to see Xe Sands as the narrator because I enjoy her work.

And I am really struggling with 4.5 and 5 stars here. Because though this book was great, much of what I enjoyed isn't openly discussed. It's laid out and repeated for the reader, but the characters don't question. And the comparison to Big Little Lies seems week--I also listened to that one, and liked it, but it does not have the ethical potential of this one. And it's not sci fi at all.

But this was fantastic. With echoes of [book:Bunny|42815544] but with a much more serious science fiction base, this is what I want (and used to get regularly) from ToB--a great book completely off my radar. I don't need bestsellers and prize nominees, I know about those. I want to find the books I missed!

This book looks at human cloning and obliquely addresses so many ethical issues: are clones human? Do they feel pain? Do they think, or are they programmed? Are they expendable? Who has oversight over labs and scientists? Are lab supplies audited?

Gailey also explores her main character, Evelyn's, upbringing. Her father was a cold and over-ruling man whose coldness, lack of empathy, and sociopathic tendencies definitely rubbed off on her (or were inherited by her)--and her mother had a touch herself. Is that how she came to be both so lonely and so...uncaring? Which is funny when she calls her ex sloppy in the lab, but both the main event and thefts go on right under her own nose. ( )
  Dreesie | Nov 15, 2021 |
I could have skipped this one and been fine. I think what I've found, with this and The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney, is that science fiction blended into thrillers is not for me. I couldn't (or didn't want to?) connect with any of the main characters in this book. In light of that, I wasn't invested in what happened to them, and I ended up with just a vague flicker of curiosity by the end.
  starlight-glimmer | Oct 27, 2021 |
Though I had really enjoyed the author's "Magic for Liars," I have to admit that a true-crime style story with the twist being provided by cloning didn't intrigue me that much. Still, when the opportunity arose, I was happy to avail myself of the chance to read this novel. However, I now feel justified in wondering whether this story could really work, as while the psychological portrait of the main character (much-put-upon scientist Evelyn Caldwell) is really sharp, at a certain point the twists and turns that Gailey has to go through to keep the plot moving became too much for me. This is unless this book was supposed to be a dark absurdist comedy; though Gailey's afterword strongly suggest that this was not her intention. Still, there is room here for a sequel, as one can see several ticking timebombs have been deployed, and I would certainly give that book a try. ( )
  Shrike58 | Oct 18, 2021 |
Arc provided via netgalley for review.

This was not at all what I expected it to be! This book is described as a "non-stop thrill ride," and I would not describe this book that way. I actually found this book to be fairly slow-paced and less of a thriller and more of a sci-fi, near future book. This story felt very informed by [b:The Stepford Wives|52350|The Stepford Wives|Ira Levin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1554371721l/52350._SY75_.jpg|1534281] plot-wise and I think really aimed to pose questions about family legacy and morals and ethics rather than just being a thriller.

This book focuses mostly on the relationship between Evelyn and Martine. I really liked this relationship because it is a very complex relationship given that Martine is Evelyn's clone. This is really where the book asks the reader to think about the ethics of cloning and designing a person exactly how you want and not giving them agency. A lot of this book seemed to me was looking at agency. How much of yourself do you really control and is having a creator as a clone really that different from having parents who turn you into the person you are. This is why this book didn't really read as much as a thriller. Obviously thrillers can impart ideas about ethics and such but this was much more focused on these moral questions rather than the crime that takes place.

This book is around 250 pages and it made really great use of that shorter length. I felt very satisfied by the conclusion to this story. I really liked how it wrapped up it's ideas about the ethics of cloning but still around the reader to come to their own conclusion about how they feel about the story. Also as someone in academia right now, I kind of really appreciate the stuff about research and ethical committees because it's all stuff I work within at my school.

I think if you're going to read this book you should not go in expecting a fast paced thriller despite what it says in the summary. This is a very interesting story with many complex ideas and ethical questions. I do think this is a really interesting book, but don't expect a thriller as you might understand it. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
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"Love, death and human cloning have never been brought together so well as they are in The Echo Wife, a fast-paced thriller that is as funny as it is thought-provoking."
adicionada por zembla | editarNew Scientist, Robyn Chowdhury (Feb 24, 2021)
 
"'The Echo Wife' is a unique, thrilling adventure, with truly unexpected twists and turns the whole way through. Lovers of science fiction will no doubt delight in the intricacies of Evelyn’s work laid about by Gailey, who also crafts a compelling tension between Evelyn and Martine as they work to find common ground."
adicionada por zembla | editarAssociated Press, Molly Sprayregen (Feb 17, 2021)
 
"Sarah Gailey has given us a compelling blockbuster with cerebral complexity. The questions Gailey grapples with are the very essence of what it means to be human, whether we possess self-determination or whether we are fated toward outcomes beyond our control. An intense, engaging novel, The Echo Wife succeeds at both good storytelling and launching into a broader discourse."
adicionada por zembla | editarChicago Review of Books, Ian MacAllen (Feb 17, 2021)
 
"There are no magic wands or post-apocalyptic cults in The Echo Wife, but Gailey nonetheless builds one of their most daring worlds yet — the massive, internal world that forms between two people linked by secrets, lies, hatred, and love. Not to mention that shared, unsettling epiphany of seeing their rawest selves reflected in each other."
adicionada por zembla | editarNPR, Jason Heller (Feb 17, 2021)
 
"... a phenomenal, creepy, significant novel—but it’s a hard read, and wrestling with its implications is harder. The twisting, remorseless plot seamlessly combines domestic thriller with cutting-edge science fiction, dragging the reader along as the Caldwells’ secrets are unearthed one at a time. Sarah Gailey’s incisive prose lends to the suffocating atmosphere that pervades the book, maintaining a heightened state of discomfort that is magnified by thematic explorations of spousal abuse, cloning ethics, and straight-up murder."
adicionada por zembla | editarTor.com, Lee Mandelo (Feb 16, 2021)
 

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