Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ARC Review of Loop by Karen Akins

Goodreads Summary:
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. 

My Review:
Loop takes place in the future. A future where there are genetic mutations that allows some people to travel through time. They go to a special school and have chips in their heads to help control symptoms of the time traveling. Of course it isn't as simple is going back in time and changing things. There are laws in place to prevent that. There are ways to monitor it. All the time travelers have the chips which prevent them from going crazy basically from the time travel. Bree is in school to learn how to travel and abide by the laws. This all changes when she is sent back 200 years and isn’t able to complete her midterm and breaks a few laws in the process. Not really on purpose but, it happens. This is when everything changes. When she goes back to deliver contraband, for profit, for a man she is shocked. Shocked because the boy she met in her last jump kisses her when he sees her, because her future self has been getting into trouble. Trouble that present state Bree can’t even fathom. Her life is about to turn upside down. Can she figure out what’s going on in time?

The boy Bree meets when the story opens is Finn. He is an annoying kid at the time. When Bree goes back to try to get the device she left in the past it is off by 3 years and Finn is older and…well…hot. I was so hoping for a great romance here but, I didn't really get it. Bree is so set against being with Finn. She pushes and pushes him away. It would have made things so much easier if she would have given in!! There was no romance until the end and it wasn't much. I understand its YA but, could have used more! Bree is stubborn and very set in her ways. I felt like she did a lot of stuff for herself rather than worrying about others and about the laws. 

The world building took a while to get used to. There was a lot going on and it took me a while to catch on to everything, as a futuristic time traveling world would be. At the end of the book things started to make sense but, a lot of the twists with the future Bree left me confused. Like I said by the end I was like Ohhhhh yea that makes sense. What I don’t understand is if all the rules were broken anyway why wouldn’t Bree’s future self just leave all the information instead of such a big scavenger hunt? Unless she was being fallowed perhaps? I still have questions. 

I enjoyed the story. I hope in the next book there is more connection between Finn and Bree. I will be reading book 2 for sure. I have so many questions still that need answers!!! 

1 comment:

  1. This book has such a beautiful cover! Great and honest review!