Friday, February 6, 2015

REVIEW: Loop by Karen Akins

Loop (Loop #1)
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.

I love books with time travel and have a minor obsession with it! So, I had great expectations for this book and they were met!

Bree lives in the 23rd century and has the time travel gene. As part of an assignment, she has to go back to the 21st century and ends up running into a geeky kid named Finn. But when Bree sneaks back into the 21st century, she finds that she is 3 years off and Finn is, apparently in love with Bree. Not this Bree, but future Bree. And future Bree also told Finn that he needs to protect her. Bree has to figure out what exactly future Bree plans were and what happened to her mom (who is in a mysterious coma).

The whole idea behind this book was so well-crafted! The idea of time travel wasn't confusing at all and it made perfect sense! And the entire plot that this book revolves around is amazing! I love the idea of the time gene! I also really liked the idea of a future self affecting your present!

The characters were great, though I did have a few issues with Bree. Bree would constantly disregard any ideas or theories Finn had, saying that it wasn't possible, when they all made perfect sense. I can understand why Bree was like this, as Finn's theories went against everything Bree was told, but I really wish she could consider them. Honestly, this wasn't that big of a deal. Everything else about Bree was great. Finn was also great and, even though this isn't his Bree, he still cared about her. And Bree also has some great supporting friends!

Don't let the cover deceive you, this isn't a romance book. There is a teeny-tiny romance, but it's hardly there (may be in the next book). The amazing plo takes up a majority of the book!

My only issue with this book was how confusing it was. I mentioned earlier that "The idea of time travel wasn't confusing", which is true, the idea wasn't confusing! But there is a lot of past and future events that happen that just become really coming! There are so many things that future Bree supposedly does to different time lines affecting the story that were hard to keep track of! If it wasn't for how confused I got (near the end), this would have gotten 5 stars.

This is a very interesting time travel book! It was confusing at times, but everything else was great! I do recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book!

I hereby give this book
4 Wheels
Meaning: It was amazing!


  1. Great review! I really liked this one as well - I don't read many time travel books, but this was such a great concept!

  2. I think that sometimes it is difficult to get time travelling correct in a book, which is why I wanted to add this one to my TBR! Which is where it is now, after this review ;) It sounds like a great book, and I like the idea of good characters as well. It's a shame about being confused in some cases but I don't think it will jar me!