I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Loop by Karen Akins
Published by Macmillan on 2014-10-21
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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.
“Loop” by Karen Atkins is a fun and entertaining read. There were many flaws in “Loop” but overall it is a pretty good book. Bree is given an assignment to go to a aprticular place in time and she wants to try to sneak in another mission at the same time but she wants it to be off the record. Everything ends up going wrong with her trying to make this extra adventure. Bree ends up in the wrong time zone then what she was originally shooting for. Bree is on the verge of losing her scholarship at the Institute, so she is trying to fix where everything started to go wrong in her schooling life.
This was definitely an interesting story. I was a little disappointed that the time travel was so completely different. In most time traveling books you have to be very careful when you go to the past because you can change the future. In “Loop,” it didn’t matter what you did in the past because it didn’t change anything. In some ways that takes a lot of fun out of the story because if you know taht nothing is going to change there is no suspense or heightened emotion waiting to find out if things will turn out okay. Then at the same time there are things that contradict the part about not being able to change the future like when future people go back as personal stylists for the rich people to help them start trends first…well wouldn’t that be changing the past? Honestly I think that part is all a little confusing.
The world building was a little disappointing too. I don’t feel like there was enough explaining in the world building for the reader to have a complete grasp on it all. Another thing that didn’t work ewell in the story was that in order for Bree to break into some places she steals a teacher’s hair dand then holds it against her scalp while it scans. Well that is not actually attached to her head so it shouldn’t have worked because if the technology is smart enough to scan your hair it should be smart enough to recognize if it is attached to your head or not.
I think this story is very entertaining even with its flaws and I think that the technology Akins brings to us can be fun too. There is a lot of cool devices that are used through out this book that would be a lot of fun to have in real life. I love when authors are creative and bring devices into the world taht they think should exist. I would like to see Akins writing improve because there were a lot of flaws in this book but I don’t think it was terrible and since I was entertained it made it fun to read.