Series: Loop #1
Published by St Martin's Griffin on October 21st, 2014
Genres: science fiction, young adult
Source: Book Tour
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At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
Ever since I walked away from Dissonance, I’ve been craving a bit more alternative reality/time travel YA fiction. I was excited to see another book come forward and offer some relief from my newfound addition. Loop had a cover that I LOVED, and the blurb sounded cute and very humorous.
The debut author provides some interesting points and a new novel for the sci-fi fanatics.
Characters: While I did find Bree hard to relate with, I did really enjoy some of the other characters in the novel. Finn was very adorable and I warmed up quickly to him. The relationship between Bree and Finn reminded me quite a bit of Henry and Clare from The Time Traveler’s Wife – the two of them fighting against time to piece together their relationship. At times, it was heartbreaking and bittersweet to see Finn struggle with missing a Bree that did not exist yet. Mimi was sweet, and I am curious to see what happens with Wyck.
However, the real show stealer was Quigley. I had my suspicions that she was more than meets the eye. I have always loved the stuffy ol’ teacher prototype. I found her to be someone who kept me reading the story, just to see what happened with the character. Her backstory was one of the most compelling arcs in the novel.
Cover Lust: OMG THAT COVER *die die die*
Science!: Loop contained very futuristic and interesting technological advances, and quite a few that seemed very inventive. There was some things that threw me off at times, but overall, the science and technology were a very creative glimpse into the future, such as virtual paper and dietary ideals. The author also touched on the idea that the US is continually building bigger and better defenses against other nations, which seems more realistic to me than world peace.
Time Travel (Timey Whimey): I liked the conspiracy built around time traveling and the attitudes towards the portion of the public that can perform this feat. It gives the story a sort of X-Men feel. The politics gave some real meat to the novel, which fit the Washington D.C. setting. Some of the plot twists were easy to see coming, but some of the surprises did come as a shock. A few were even downright ingenious.
Writing: Akins is a debut author, a fresh face in the field. At times, the writing was humorous, and a few times, I found the writing somewhat rough and a bit juvenile for YA. I think, however, this is a personal preference. If there are readers searching for a milder YA book, then this is a good pick for the early teenage crowd. For example, Bree used “poop” and other language geared for a young audience. I can see this book working for 10 to 12 year olds.
Smile! The author did write her novel aimed more towards humor and snarkiness, which I enjoy seeing from time to time. There were some smiles, and overall, the story did have a good feel. It was a safe story with some major issues. The danger was a bit mild, but, as I have stated, this would work for a young audience.
Loop was a fun and light-hearted adventure. Some of the issues raised stem from a first time release, but for those readers who seek a follow up to reading Dissonance or The Time Traveler’s Wife, this book will ease the sci-fi hangover.
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