EchoStar: is always listening

by Melinda Salisbury

On Sale: 05/28/2024

EchoStar: is always listening

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EchoStar: is always listening

by Melinda Salisbury

On Sale: 05/28/2024


About the Book

Bestselling YA author Melinda Salisbury exposes the dark underbelly of new technologies and online friendships in this gripping thriller.

Ruby Brookes and her best friend Deva have won free places at the Ash Tree Foundation Performing Arts Camp over the summer, but only if their school grades seriously improve. So when Deva suddenly starts getting high marks in all their subjects, leaving Ruby behind, she is confused and jealous.

Until she finds out Deva's success is down to EchoStar, a new app that's helping her get ahead.

Ruby is desperate to start using it too, but there is much more to EchoStar than she has imagined. Because EchoStar is always watching and listening …

Critical Praise

“Smart, witty and utterly terrifying, <i>EchoStar</i> reminds us to always question what (and who) we let into our lives” – Simon James Green

"Tightly written, sinister, and completely believable – I devoured it almost in one sitting! And I loved the hook at the end…" – Alastair Chisholm

"In this intriguing cyber-thriller, Melinda Salisbury tells a cautionary tale about the perils of the digital age, deftly examining our over-reliance on technology … Salisbury not only explores poignant issues related to cybersecurity, but also sensitively tackles heavy themes such as loneliness, isolation, friendship and bullying. Tension builds with each chapter, culminating in a terrifying conclusion that invites readers to question both the role of technology in our lives and how far we are willing to go to get what we want." – <i>INIS Magazine</i>

"A terrifyingly realistic thriller for teens. Warning readers of the dangers of new technology and giving out personal information on-line, it’s a gripping story that is frighteningly possible." – Scope for Imagination, blog

"Genuinely terrifying! But in the best way possible. It’s properly addictive reading … It packs a huge punch in terms of subject matter and looks at bullying, criminal behaviour, internet safety, invasion of privacy, risks to personal safety, the rising use of AI in our world, broken friendships and much more." – Mini Travellers

"Perfectly creepy and filled with thriller-like tension. I loved that it felt so real and will really resonate with young people today! A great villain and a wonderfully naive protagonist!" – NetGalley review

"Melinda Salisbury just has a way of writing that's always sure to suck me in. Echostar is always listening, is CREEPY … Think Black Mirror and get ready to spend the rest of your week staring at your phone with mistrust … You are sure to be hooked and locked into this emotional rollercoaster." – NetGalley Review


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781800902701
  • ISBN 10: 1800902700
  • Imprint: Barrington Stoke
  • On Sale: 05/28/2024
  • Pages: 136
  • List Price:14.99 CAD
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / School & Education / General
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science & Technology
  • BISAC4 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION: Thrillers & Suspense / Psychological
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure

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