Rating: 3 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.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Loop is a wholly original time-travel story, but there are some exciting – and confusing – new takes.
Bree goes to a school for shifters where she can learn a trade that time-travel aids: art forgery detection, etc. She gets mixed up with a crime boss so she can move her ailing mother to a fancy facility, and illegally takes an object with her to the past. Things obviously go wrong, and now the crime boss is coming her. There is also a romance, in case the kissing on the cover didn’t alert you to that. It’s a pretty interesting TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE which makes it a bit forgivable.
I feel like things are mostly explained well…up until “reverters” start getting involved. I got kind of lost in the multiple time streams, but it isn’t a huge detraction. Loop was a lot of fun, and I was even on board with the fake/futuristic swear words – which is usually doesn’t work for me.
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