Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 21, 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Series: Loop #1
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
One of the few things that I like about time traveling novels is how everything comes in full circle in the end. This can be well done and leave you with an omg reaction or they can be pretty crappy and make you go duh! I knew that. Loop was somewhere in between the omg and duh. There were confusing parts and then there were parts that you just sort of said well I thought it was them all along.
I was torn about giving Loop a 4.5 or 5 stars. I ended up giving Loop a 5 star because I loved how Bree and Finn’s relationship developed. I hated how Bree treated Finn when Finn is very sweet and earnest about protecting Bree because of his promise to the Future her, even though we know there are times she doesn’t deserve to be treated well. Bree knows this and yet she continues to treat Finn horribly until towards the last couple of chapters where it’s a life and death situation and suddenly she sees all these pretty things about him. There were a lot of times that Finn could’ve gotten angry at Bree, but he didn’t. He let things go her way, but probably because he knows how the story will turn out when he meets the Future Bree.
Aside from Finn, there’s also a minor love triangle between Bree and Wyck and at times you’re wondering does Bree like Wyck or are they just flirting for the fun of it? It’s true that Bree sees Finn as annoying most of the time, but their feelings do sort of grow. One of my favorite scenes is when she stuffs him in his closet and her friends find out. The ending was a bit predictable, but twisty. I loved how everything turned out and some of the turn outs were you had that feeling you know what’s going to happen, but it’s nice to see how everything gets played out. This is one of the reasons why I love time traveling stories.