by Karen Atkins Series: Loop #1 Published by St. Martin's Griffin
on October 21st, 2014 Genres: Action & Adventure
, Love & Romance
, Science Fiction
, Young Adult Format:
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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.
Loop was interesting, let’s just say that. I enjoyed the story-line overall, though I felt myself getting annoyed by little things during certain parts of the book, and, to be honest, I felt that Loop was missing that ingredient that made me really want to read it, really want to “finish just one more chapter, Mom!” when she’s saying, “Turn off your light, it’s eleven o’ clock already on a school night!” I wasn’t driven to read immediately, and maybe I have a book hang-over because The Infinite Sea was so good, but, I didn’t find myself extremely compelled to read.
No, I’m not saying that Loop was even close to be described as terrible or awful or “made me want to tear my hair out” or anything like that. No, the book was good, but not my favorite (there’s that book-hangover speaking again! Why did The Infinite Sea have to be so good? Actually, now that I think about it, I’m glad it was. I can really put the Sci-fi genre into perspective because of it.) Loop was full of okay characters, a slightly confusing but overall interesting plot, and a romance that was unrequited until the end, when bam (!!!), our heroine realizes that she’s been ignoring her love of her romantic interest the whole time.
One thing that had me slightly annoyed was that the author never used cuss words, she uses her own weird word combinations such as “blark”. I can see why this could be useful, especially if she wanted some younger kids to read her book, but “blark” was used constantly and I was eventually saying to myself, “Either cuss or don’t!”
Also, as I mentioned above, Bree doesn’t want anything to do with Finn during the beginning of the novel, and as the reader, I got a few hints towards the middle of the book that she was starting to like Finn, but then the next thing I know, she’s referring to him as her “boyfriend.” When was this relationship status made official? There was no kiss, no exchange of words, not even a measly hand shake. Nothing.
Summing it up:
With those things set aside, Loop had a nice plot, with key things like “a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium” (as mentioned in the synopsis) plus time travel thrown into the mix. The romance was cheesy at times-but overall, the characters had good chemistry. Not my favorite, but still a satisfying read to some extent.