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Twist Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—In the sequel to Loop (St. Martins Griffin, 2014), 23rd-century time traveler Bree Bennis once again finds herself at the center of a century-spanning conspiracy. Resilient and resourceful, Bree faces an enemy that is always a step ahead of her as she tries to save her 21st-century boyfriend Finn from a scheme that threatens not only Shifters but the integrity of history itself. She must contend with ever-changing time lines as well as past and future versions of her friends, enemies, and even herself. The multiple time lines leave Bree confused and disoriented, and they may occasionally have the same effect on readers. Still, the action moves fast enough that one rarely has time to dwell on paradoxes. A love triangle (occasionally a love rectangle) grounds the story in genuine emotion and keeps the convoluted rules of time travel from overwhelming the plot. VERDICT Fans of Loop's blend of romance, science fiction, and intrigue will enjoy spending more time with Bree Bennis, but Twist's complexity may confound the uninitiated.—Tony Hirt, Hennepin County Library, MN
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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.
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(Spoilers for Loop included. Read that before you read my review!)
Twist picks up right where Loop left off. Bree and Finn are together and shifting happily between their worlds, trying to stop changes that people are attempting to make to the timeline. So far things are going well until Bree’s future self stops her from using the reverter to stop a change being made my Bree’s former friend Wyck. Future Bree tells Bree that shifters are being taken and this change is the on,y way to help. Now Bree is stuck in a world where Wyck is her boyfriend and Finn is dating someone else. With everything backward Bree must work to figure out who is taking shifters and why. But when Finn is taking Bree has to figure out if being with him is even worth it for his own safety.
Okay so my description of the book does it no justice. I mean no matter what words I wrote it wouldn’t. Twist is just too, for lack of a better word, twisty, for me to really explain. This book really hurt my head in places as I tried to figure out exactly what was going on. And then all of a sudden there was a moment in the story that pulled everything together and made it all make sense and made me go, ‘OH!!!’. It just pulled all the pieces together in such a way that was almost magical. It made me feel like Bree did, only having some of the parts of the story and then having the whole thing right there. Basically it was awesome.
I won’t lie though, my heart hurt for a lot of it because my Bree and Finn live is strong. They have such an amazing, natural chemistry that it was hard to have them so apart. But I got it. It made sense for the story and worked. Actually it made it even better when they were together because then they had to fight the spark. Just another thing to live about Twist.
What Karen Akins did with this duology is give readers a great time travel story that will make your brain hurt with paradoxes and crazy situations, but make you fall in love with the story and the characters. When all is said in done it isn’t about time travel and fixing the world the way it should be. It’s about finding who you should be with no matter the point in your life. It was fantastic and I can’t wait for more from this author who is in my auto-buy list for life.
When someone messes with the timeline, Bree Bennis is usually there to make sure the changes are reverted. But when her Future Self prevents her from altering the latest change to the timeline, Bree finds herself caught in an existence she doesn’t want, with a boyfriend she definitely doesn’t want, and a puzzle to solve that threatens to complicate things even more.
With a timeline that keeps changing for the worse, only one cryptic clue to follow, and future versions of people she’s not entirely sure should be trusted giving her guidance and getting in her way, getting answers and getting back to the existence she knows and the boy she loves won’t be easy. And with the number of permanent alterations already made, it might not even be possible.
Karen Akins does not make things any easier for her heroine in TWIST. In fact, she makes things even more challenging. Bree’s attempts to right things are thwarted at every turn, the risks she has to take are more dangerous, the consequences of failure more devastating, and the possible outcomes even more heartbreaking.
The author adds in more loops, more alternate realities and characters, more of a mystery, more suspense, creating a read that is positively riveting and mind-boggling and electrifying. She delivers a story that is fascinating and complex and trippy and awesome. The pace is lightning fast. The plot is engaging and exciting. The main character is incredibly likable, fun and funny. The ending is surprising and shocking.
TWIST will grab hold immediately, will keep you guessing, will make you think, and will ensure that you’re hooked until the very last word on the very last page. There will be smiles. And there will definitely be tears. But this is one story that you won’t be able to resist falling in love with.
The book had even more action then the last, it was just non-stop one thing after the next and I loved it. It was never boring and yes there are several timelines and multiple changes being made to the timelines and different versions of Bree and other characters popping up from the future and the past but as crazy as it all seems just like the first book Akins did a great job in not confusing the reader and it was all very easy to understand and keep up with.
Bree thought everything was fine after the craziness from the last book but then someone is making changes to her timeline and screwing things up for her very badly and that includes things with Finn. Then Shifters start getting kidnapped and ICE we find out is even more devious then we first thought and Bree is running around trying to fix it all while slowly losing hope since every step she takes forward in fixing things someone is right there messing it all up and she has to take two steps back.
Then there was the ending which I think was perfect, yes in a way it was bittersweet but you know what... I get it and it makes sense. Overall this is one of the better time traveling books I have come across and I highly recommend the duology, both books were fast paced and a complete page turner.
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Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: April 7, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: E-galley, 336 pages
Genre: YA, Science...Read more