Author: Karen Akins
Series: Loop, book 1
Genre: YA, Time Travel, Sci-Fi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Review copy from publisher
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.
I saw the cover for Loop and fell in love... Such a beautiful cover… Yes, I know, I’m a book cover whore, but it was not only the cover, I read the blurb and knew I have to read this book… Sadly, yes, here we come to the sadly part… Loop was a big disappointment, so much, I considered DNF-ing it couple of times, but I forced myself to keep reading, thinking it might get better, but at 66% it was still a big let down, so much I ended up skimming over it, until after couple of days, yes, couple of days, I finally reached the final page.
Why I didn’t like it? I had problems with the characters, with the plot, with the world building, with everything. I didn’t like Bree and you know you have a big problem when you can’t stand the heroine. The story is packed with contradictions and the world building is full of potential, but it stays there, in potential. The idea of time traveling, with only few people (an inherited gene) capable of doing it is great, but the development of the story felt short.
I’m not planning to continue with this series. If I’m honest I could care less what happened with Bree and the rest of the cast. Loop could have been an awesome book, but sadly, it wasn’t… at least not for me.
My Verdict: 2 ½ Stars
Other books in the series
Loop (October 21st)
Twist (March 31st, 2015)
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