Title: Loop (Loop #1)
Author: Karen Akins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Acquired Via: Publisher
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.
Time travel books have always been very hit-or-miss with me, especially in YA. I found Karen Akins' debut, Loop, to be a fun read and very near to the bullseye. It has a very likable heroine, a love interest that I can stand behind, and reasonable enough science to back the time travel up.
Though I say that the science in Loop backs up the story, I don't want you to start thinking it's Michael Crichton-level science. It's just enough to make sense to young people and anyone who isn't pursuing a degree in Physics. It's set about 150 years in our future, so there's quite a bit that I was able to take at face value because we've come a long way in the past few years. (Funny story - about ten years ago, my college professor told me that it would be impossible for computers to get any smaller. HA!) The time travel aspect has a bit of fantasy around it, but I can totally see the technology alluded to in Loop coming about. I was willing to buy the concept, and that's the biggest struggle for me.
Bree, the main character, was a flawed young lady who didn't pay as much attention to the rules as she would have you believe. As soon as we meet her, we see her breaking a major Shifter law in order to pay her mother's bills. Then she pretends to hold someone at gunpoint. Do you see the pattern? Yes, she has her reasons, but who doesn't enjoy reading about a girl who thumbs her nose at the powers-that-be?
The romantic bit is twisty-turny, so I don't want to ruin it for you today. Sorry. I liked the build-up, and I think you probably will, too.
Speaking of twists, yes, there was a part that made me gasp.
So if you're looking for a time travel book that won't confuse you and has characters that you enjoy rooting for, I highly recommend Loop. It's one of the better books of its type.
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