Series: Loop #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 21, 2014
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Libbie
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 keep trying time-travel stories and while LOOP is the first one that left me with a vague sense that I understood what was going on in the various timelines, they still end up giving me something of a headache while I read them. I can’t help wondering if my struggle to keep up with what’s going on keeps me from fully engaging with the plot itself. As far as LOOP goes, I think that’s only half of it.
I wanted to like this one because the summary sounded like a fun little romance with some quirky “present day guy gets all weirded out by the future stuff” moments. (I’ll admit to a deep love of Adam in Blast from the Past.) And there were many of those moments in LOOP, but the problem was that I had to endure Bree through most of them. I can understand wanting to make a teen character true to life with rash decisions and impulsive actions; I can even respect it. The problem comes when you try to sell a love story involving this character – if I can’t find something to like about her, I find it hard to believe that someone continually at the end of her not-so-nice behavior would fall in love with her.
I did enjoy the story itself, aside from my headaches and Bree’s less than likeable character. As I said, it was one of the few that I’ve actually been able to follow once the main plot points were set out. That said, I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with the series. If time travel stories are your thing, though, you might have a completely different experience with LOOP.Series Titles:
- If you like young adult books about time travel, try The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare