Review: Loop by Karen Akins

Loop by Karen Akins

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. 
First Line:"Hitting the ground is the hardest part."

Review:Every time I hear about a new book that has to do with time travel I get all excited and just have to get my hands on it even though only a few have truly impressed me and that I love beyond all measure I still gravitate towards books that have to do with the subject matter and Loop did not disappoint. Loop was actually very entertaining and I couldn't get enough of it.

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.

Memorable Quotes 

~"Here in the institute, we were all special, special snowflakes wrapped in flower."

~"Wow. What were the chances of breaking every law of quantum dynamics and locating the universe's most annoying person in one fell swoop?"

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