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The Loop Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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Lawson’s energetic sf thriller begins in medias res with the murder of Ben and Maggie, then bounces back two days before the event, with Ben walking through New Orleans’ French Quarter, experiencing a powerful, disorienting feeling of déjà vu. This feeling increases when he meets Maggie and ends up running from a violent criminal. No, this isn’t a standard flashback. Ben and Maggie have died and started over multiple times, trapped in a time loop that ends with their death at the hands of the same man, like a video game level they must perfect to advance. Each time, things change in inconsequential ways as the pair remember what happened before and seek to resist—but they’ll have to outsmart fate to fully escape. The basic mechanics of time loops are introduced before the story dives acrobatically away from such mundane needs as logic, concentrating instead on creating an unstoppable ride with characters that are superficial but relatable. This light, action-packed read will be particularly good for reluctant readers. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley
"An unstoppable ride...This light, action-packed read will be particularly good for reluctant readers."―Booklist
"A quick, intense page-turner with a ridiculously clever plot and characters to die for."―Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author
"A life-or-death roller-coaster ride where danger, intrigue, and suspense linger at every turn."―School Library Journal
"A fast-paced head trip...Fans of action, thrillers, and light science fiction will love getting sucked into The Loop."―VOYA --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Sometimes you read a book that's good and enjoyable and that's about it (but in a good way). The Loop is one of those books. I don't mean this to sound rude or harsh--it's just poor word choice--but this wasn't some amazing OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO READ THIS book. But it was still good and I really liked it, if that makes sense. It didn't even have much of anything wrong with it. It just lacked a bit of a wow factor, but was still a quick, enjoyable, fun read.
The Loop follows Ben and Maggie, two teens who are stuck in the same loop. In short, they repeat the same day over and over again, like Groundhog Day. Maggie remembers the details better, but until Ben runs into Maggie (and he always does), he just feels a lot of deja vu. The loop is basically a giant pull: Ben and Maggie always find each other, this and this always happens, and the day always ends the same way, with them dying. And then they wake up and do the same thing over and over again. But Ben and Maggie still try every single time to find a way to beat the loop, which is no easy task.
The synopsis makes it sound like Ben and Maggie are two starcrossed lovers stuck in a time loop, which I don't think is accurate. The two are definitely stuck together, and Ben--whose POV we're mostly in--feels something for Maggie, but it's not this great big romantic time travel thing. It's more like two people being pushed together and fighting to live through the day, with some romance weaved in. But I liked it! Ben and Maggie were good, fun characters, and I liked to read about their adventures as they tried to defeat the loop.
At its core, The Loop is a simple novel. It's just over two-hundred pages long, making it a quick read, which was nice. This could also be a longer novel though, delving more into how the loop works and putting Ben and Maggie through a lot more troubles. I don't mind the definition of how the loop works being mostly simple, because otherwise it just might fly right over my head, but I know there are people who really like to hear about the science behind these things. In the end, though I wish The Loop was a novel that I loved, it was still a nice, pretty enjoyable little book that I had fun reading. (I really did like it, even if this review makes it sound like I thought it was meh!)
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This was a very entertaining read that moved at a quick pace.Read more