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"A script-ready story with blockbuster potential." -- Kirkus (Starred Review)
"With plenty of appeal for fans of a good dystopian tale, this book won't spend much time on the shelf" -- School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A gripping story, where the only chance of survival is escape." -- Louise Sutton, Emmy Award-winning producer of Black Mirror
"A terrifying and sinister look into the future that will leave your jaw on the floor. This is going to make waves." -- Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100
"Like Divergent and The Maze Runner, this title pulls the reader into a futuristic world where nurturing friendships is important but the need for survival puts them at odds." -- School Library Journal
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Thanks to Recorded Books, the author, and the narrator for a listening copy of The Loop for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
Luka Kane, I’m going to kill you.
Going ahead and calling it: The Loop by Ben Oliver is going to be the next Hunger Games or 5th Wave. It’ll be the new YA sensation everyone is talking about so you may want to go ahead and get onboard.
It’s funny, I just finished and reviewed another novel that is also called The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson, which also happens to hit this year (9/29/20). Anyone else out there want to have a go for the trifecta? Good news is: both novels are about as far apart from one another as can be, except for maybe the bit about murderous psychopaths… but you can just see for yourself. One is DEFINITELY meant more for adults, and it ain’t this one.
I actually really found this story compelling, especially the main character of Luka Kane. Seeing the entirety of the novel played out through his eyes kept me engaged and emotionally invested. Though we never find out why he has been placed in the Loop (I can only imagine we will find out later in the series), we do know that he was placed there by mistake. He steadily makes friends with the other inmates, and especially with the warden, before everything truly goes to hell in a hand-basket. From that point on, the pacing of the novel quickens so much that you will find it hard to catch your breath.
The synopsis itself really hooked me when I came across this novel, but I won’t lie and say I wasn’t hesitant to pick it up when I saw that it was a YA debut. Of course I was in the age “appropriate” group when YA was really breaking out, but I have slowly become a crotchety elder who will only read adult themed novels nowadays. Having said that, The Loop was written in such a way that it can be enjoyed by all ages.
I also want to give a shout to Julian Elfer who narrated the novel. I’ve only heard him once while listening to Pierce Brown’s ‘Iron Gold’ but he has a multitude of other titles under his belt including Rachel Caine’s Great Library series and he is absolutely fantastic. I thought he was a fantastic choice for The Loop and I cannot wait to hear his recordings of the next two (2) in the series.
Similar to those, this was a tough pill to swallow involving torture, prison and war for young adults and children. But damn if it isn't a rocket fueled ride. I couldn't stop reading even when I was hating what was happening. This is a love hate read in my opinion. The characters are absolutely wonderful. Dynamic and engaging. Dialogue was fantastic! Just enough that you get past the horrible things they endure. If they can, why can't you! And then we're left with the ending...I'm still debating: copout or good? Let the readers decide. I hear there may be another book in the making. If that is true, I'd be very happy.
The book takes you into a world that since we've been involved in the COVID-19 epidemic seems not so far-fetched. It's about not just the survival of the fittest but realizing what is at stake if you choose to just go with the flow instead of what you know to be right.
Love this from beginning to end as it gives us all hope of what can be achieved if we are willing to try. THE LOOP breaks through the monotony of life and offers an entertaining read.
Top international reviews
The first in a trilogy, this book gave me renewed hope for UKYA and the dystopian genre. Deliciously dark and with the right notes of action and characterisation, the plot kept me turning the page until I hit the twist ending. This plot will keep you guessing and we have a new Katniss Everdeen in the shape of Luka Kane! A must read during lockdown and these strange times.
Very tense. Toward the end I was reading until my eyes couldn’t stay open just to find out what happened.
Would definitely recommend to teenagers and adults alike!