- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (October 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250030986
- ISBN-13: 978-1250030986
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Loop Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“Emotional at times, hilarious at times, action-packed almost the entire ride, LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre.” ―Julie Cross, TEMPEST series
“An intriguingly mindbending time travel tale in which both past and future must be mined for clues. A feisty, witty heroine and quirkily hot hero make for a duo you can't help but root for, while snappy dialog and imaginative worldbuilding keep the pages turning.” ―National bestselling author Sophie Littlefield
“Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!” ―Melissa Landers, ALIENATED series
“Witty and inventive, LOOP is a time travel treat!” ―Lenore Appelhans, author of THE MEMORY OF AFTER
“With flawless worldbuilding, the perfect balance of humor, angst, dire stakes, romance, and action, and a main character you can't help but root for, LOOP is a fresh and exciting addition to the time-slip genre. Highly recommended for fans of the time-travel romance in Myra McEntire's HOURGLASS and the breathless pace and high stakes of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. I absolutely loved it.” ―Leigh Ann Kopans, ONE and TWO
“LOOP is a wild romp through time with an epic mystery brimming with romance. We couldn't put it down!” ―Lisa & Laura Roecker, authors of THE LIAR SOCIETY series and THIS IS W.A.R.
“So. Much. Fun. Bree Bennis belongs on the list of Most Awesome Time Travelers Ever, right alongside the Doctor and Marty McFly. And Akins belongs on the list of Writers You Must Read ASAP.” ―Carrie Harris, author of Demon Derby, Bad Taste in Boys, and Bad Hair Day
About the Author
Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. LOOP is her first novel.
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I'm going to stop on page 130 when Finn arrives to Bree's time because already everybody is acting like they've never seen a good looking guy.
PLUS!!! Finn arrives into 300 years from now and he pretends to be Bree's cousin; the thing is that everybody believes it (at least so far). Sooo, nothing strikes you as odd with Finn? He just looks, acts, and talks like a regular tweenty third century regular guy?
Hhmmm. I'm going to DNF it right here because as much as I love time traveling, and as much as I like Bree and Finn, I need something with more substance.
Time travel in all the books I've read so far is always secretive stuff but in Loop Akins created a world in which everyone knows about it, people who have the gene are micro-chipped and everything is regulated. There were multiple timelines going on, past and future selves of characters showing up, and time jumps which I actually found fairly easy to keep up with.
As far as Bree goes the girl is awesome with an amazing voice. She is funny as can be, I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit being inside her head. Her mom is in a coma which she is highly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding that situation, her future self is doing things in the past which is frustrating her including being in a relationship with Finn which her present self is totally baffled by the idea of that. What I loved the most was that the book really did focus mostly on the plot and the romance was there but the characters kept their priorities straight.
Speaking of Finn, I loved him just as much as Bree. Finn already knows Bree, the future Bree in an intimate level but the present Bree we know has no clue about any of it, the only memory she has of Finn is the scrawny kid she took hostage during her brief trip to the 21st century while on a class assignment while screwing up a side job that she was hired to take on by a gangster who uses shifters for his own personal gains in the 23rd Century. Anyways Finn is a sweetheart he will do whatever it takes to protect Bree and cares for her deeply, unfortunately present Bree can't stand him at times since her future self has him holding onto secrets that he wont tell her.
I know all this can sound confusing but trust me when you start reading the book it's not. Akins did a great job making sure everything makes sense and it is all very easy to follow. Loop was incredibly fast paced with tons of action and never a dull moment.
There are also a ton of secondary characters who play key roles in driving the plot. I really thought I knew who the bad guy was marking that aspect of it predictable until the bad guy was revealed and I was just sitting there dumbfounded I did not see that coming at all.
Overall even though there were quite a bit of seriousness to the book it felt like a fun lighthearted time travel book and it is a great addition to the Sci-Fi genre.
Bree goes to a school for Shifters (time-travelers) and Transporters (they help time travelers coordinate their destinations). Her school assignments include time traveling to the past and delivering goods to the past, but she doesn’t have the ability to change the past. When Bree accidentally kidnaps a boy named Finn, she gets entangled in the past and violates the shifter rules she’s sworn to obey. Nothing is turning out like Bree expected and she is not endangering herself, but the lives of Finn and her mother.
I absolutely loved Bree, she was such a hilarious and brave main character who refused to let people push her around. When Finn storms into her life, acting like the sun revolves around him, Bree doesn’t take his garbage and she refuses his request to protect her. Bree doesn’t need a guy to protect her — heck , she saves Finn a few times throughout the book and still has time to tell him off. Did I mention that she wolfs down french fries and has an irrational fear of squirrels? Bree is such a wonderful heroine and I loved watching her unravel the mysteries surrounding her mother.
The romance in Loop was one of my favorite aspects of the book because it had such a magical vibe to it. I loved the strange way that Akins brought our two characters together and how she defied typical romantic conventions when constructing Bree and Finn’s romance. I was so happy that Akins didn’t make Finn the perfect god-like love interest, she made him flawed and so damn likeable. It doesn’t matter how infuriating or clingy Finn is, readers will absolutely love his character (even when they find out that he isn’t the best kisser).
Loop introduces some extremely epic technology and time-travel concepts that aren’t difficult to comprehend. There were so many cool devices in this novel that I just needed in my life and someone needs to get on making the Pods from these books ASAP. The tech here is extremely futuristic and imaginative — these gadgets aren’t the ones you remember from watching The Jetsons. Usually time-travel books are filled with so much timey-wimey concepts that my head starts to spin and everything seems so convoluted, but not in Loop. Sure, Akins does introduce a plethora of explanations to explain time-travel, but they’re excellent in that they explain some features of it and leave the rest to the imagination. Explaining something completely just helps take all of the mystery and wonder out of it, plus it makes everything 1000x more complicated and mundane (a computer doesn’t seem quite as amazing when you just think of it as wires and circuits).
I really had such a pleasant experience reading this novel from start to finish (despite the fact that the villain is slightly cartoonish). If you’ve already finished the Tempest trilogy, Loop is a perfect book to read as a follow-up because this book also has an irresistible mix of sci-fi and romance elements. I wish I could time-travel into the future so I could read the sequel now, where’s a TARDIS when you need one?
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