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Loop by Karen Akins

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250030986
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 822,646
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. LOOP is her first novel.

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Loop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
Loop was such a fun read! There were twists and turns and loops everywhere. A lot was going on in this book and while it could've gotten a bit confusing or too much, the author made everything work. She did well with creating this time travel adventure. Unlike a lot of people, I'm not much of a fan of time travel. I definitely loved it in this book, though! There were plenty of cool science-y/technical parts of Shifting, but what made me love this part was how twisted it made the story. For example, Finn and Bree. For the majority of the book, present Bree (the narrator) interacted with Finn (a guy from a couple centuries prior to her time) who--and this was only a small portion of he twistedness--had a relationship with Future Bree (the narrator's future self). There were present, future, and sometimes even past different versions of quite a few characters. There were certain things that present Bree or others had to do in order to make past events happen. Timelines were all mixed up, but in the best possible way. The characters were so good! I connected with them and remained invested in them throughout the entire book. Bree was a really fumy heroine. Her voice was a big reason why Loop was so fun to read. Finn was cute. A bit silly, too. I loved how he had a relationship with Bree's future self because he was already mostly comfortable with her (the past version of the girl he knew) and had pre-existing feelings for her. She, however, barely knew him at all. They were pretty entertaining to read about as they got to know each other. I adored them! As for the other characters, I loved how they added to the element of surprise (I would say how, but that would be spoilery). I also really liked how each had a personality easily distinguishable from the others as well as how the bad guys had some weak and/or good sides to them.  The tone of this book was light for the most part, but it had many serious moments mixed in. It was light, but not fluffy. Overall, Loop impressed me with its many twists and turns, great characters, adorable romance, and interesting plot. I highly recommend reading this one and joining me as I anxiously wait for the sequel! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my review or opinion of this book.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"You can't change the past. One of those weird temporal loops that couldn't be explained." Bree Bennis lives in the twenty-third century where, because of a special gene mutation, she can travel anywhere in time. It's been years since travelers had to hide their unique skills but Bree knows better than most that time travel is still greeted with suspicion and even disdain by those unable to travel. Bree used to be at the top of all of her classes. Now her biggest talent seems to involve making a mess of things. After her solo midterm to the twenty-first century goes spectacularly wrong, Bree knows she's in big trouble. Failing to complete her mission is one thing. Accidentally revealing herself to a boy and sort of taking him hostage? That could get Bree expelled. Or worse. The only option is to try to sneak back and try to complete her midterm before anyone notices. The only problem is Bree ends up missing her target destination. She finds the boy--Finn who is now three years older and at least three times more attractive--but before she can fix anything Bree is pulled back to her own time. With Finn. Who claims that he and Bree's future self are . . . dating? Bree has plenty to do between hiding Finn and not flunking out of school when she learns that a rash of accidents have been taking out time travelers around the school. Turns out the attacks are anything but accidental and with Finn's help Bree soon realizes she might be the only one able to find the person responsible and stop them before their timeline is irreparably damaged in Loop (2014) by Karen Akins. Loop is Akins' first novel and the first half of a duology that completes with Twist. Loop dives right into the action when Bree's life goes from bad to worse after everything goes wrong on her midterm. Bree manages to take everything in stride with only a few choice (and possibly made up) swear words to help. As Bree delves deeper into secrets about her own past (and future) she also realizes she might be at the tip of a very big problem--one her future self knew Bree would have to try to solve. Akins skillfully combines science fiction adventure with a fascinating mystery to create a story that is as original as it is fun. Although some plot points--particularly clues left for Bree--are often obvious, Bree and Finn's journey as they try to understand what brought them together more than makes up for it. Bree's world is filled with casual wonders ranging from automated travel pods to Pegamoos, all of which are brought to life in vivid prose. In a story that literally spans centuries, the world-building to top notch and gives Loop a strong sense of place no matter where or when Bree finds herself. Bree's voice is distinct and snappy, making this book conversational and completely fascinating. While the romance in Loop is a big draw, Bree also has a great character arc as she tries to reconcile who she is in her present with who she seems to be in the future. With massive conspiracies, clues left across time, and a displaced romance that is often baffling to Bree, Loop is an action-packed story with humor and excitement. Possible Pairings: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS  I love books with time travel and have a minor obsession with it! So, I had great expectations for this book and they were met! Bree lives in the 23rd century and has the time travel gene. As part of an assignment, she has to go back to the 21st century and ends up running into a geeky kid named Finn. But when Bree sneaks back into the 21st century, she finds that she is 3 years off and Finn is, apparently in love with Bree. Not this Bree, but future Bree. And future Bree also told Finn that he needs to protect her. Bree has to figure out what exactly future Bree plans were and what happened to her mom (who is in a mysterious coma). The whole idea behind this book was so well-crafted! The idea of time travel wasn't confusing at all and it made perfect sense! And the entire plot that this book revolves around is amazing! I love the idea of the time gene! I also really liked the idea of a future self affecting your present!  The characters were great, though I did have a few issues with Bree. Bree would constantly disregard any ideas or theories Finn had, saying that it wasn't possible, when they all made perfect sense. I can understand why Bree was like this, as Finn's theories went against everything Bree was told, but I really wish she could consider them. Honestly, this wasn't that big of a deal. Everything else about Bree was great. Finn was also great and, even though this isn't his Bree, he still cared about her. And Bree also has some great supporting friends! Don't let the cover deceive you, this isn't a romance book. There is a teeny-tiny romance, but it's hardly there (may be in the next book). The amazing plo takes up a majority of the book! My only issue with this book was how confusing it was. I mentioned earlier that "The idea of time travel wasn't confusing", which is true, the idea wasn't confusing! But there is a lot of past and future events that happen that just become really coming! There are so many things that future Bree supposedly does to different time lines affecting the story that were hard to keep track of! If it wasn't for how confused I got (near the end), this would have gotten 5 stars. IN CONCLUSION  This is a very interesting time travel book! It was confusing at times, but everything else was great! I do recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who cares if ur popular all u need is peoples respect and u will make it through school way better than those popular people
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I nearly didn't read because it got stuck in my ARC backlog. I've been picking up fewer and fewer young adult titles, but I remember I loved the idea of it when I first requested it. I just wasn't sure I was still all that interested. Before I decided not to read it, I checked out Goodreads and saw some incredible reviews from bloggers whose opinions I trust, so I decided to read it. And boy am I glad I did! It was a fantastic read – one of my favorite YA titles in 2015 so far. Loop caught my attention right from the get-go. I loved the concept and the world-building was excellent. But more that that? The characters? LOVED. Bree was funny and awkward and super likable. Finn was super swoony and I loved him and Bree together. Even the secondary characters were wonderful. I loved the underlying mystery and just how easy the concept of time travel was to grasp in this book. It's not always. More often that not while reading time travel books, I find myself scratching my head and wondering "huh?" than enjoying the story. That definitely wasn't the case here.  Oh, and future DC? It's awesome. I particularly love the idea of The Pentagon as an amusement park. It was the little details like this that made this book so fantastic to me. That's about all I'm going to tell you about this one. You really need to just read it and enjoy it for yourself. It's the perfect book to get lost in. I'm incredibly excited to read the sequel soon!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful girl, in a silken green dress, walked through the door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ariana looked at him, and said, gently, "It's okay."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knocked on the door holding her blue silk shawl around her mor tightly as wounds blled out quickly on her legs. Her sky blue silk dress a torn as sh shivered.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! "Umm, because you smell like a wad of yummy wrapped in a layer of delicious?" -Bree LOOP was such a great, fun book, with an amusing character and intriguing take on time travel! I was actually given an eARC of this, but didn't realize that it expired by a certain date (boo), so... I had to buy my own version so I could read it in time for the review/giveaway on my blog. Which is fine, and totally worth it! (I've actually now ordered a hard copy--that's how much I loved it!)  LOOP starts out with Bree being given an assignment to go to a particular place in time. There's a whole other thing going on that you don't fully understand until quite a bit further into the book, but let's just say that she is also trying to sneak in an "off the record" assignment at the same time, to benefit her family. Problem is, pretty much everything goes wrong, which starts a long twist of things getting more funny and wonky and confusing as she learns nothing at all is really as it seems and this might not be the first time she's been at this particular point in time. I don't want to say much because there are layers to the plot and I might give something away, but I will say that not reading the blurb actually benefitted me a lot, because I had no idea what to expect and that made the read more exciting.  I also loved Karen's voice. She gave Bree, her best friend, Mimi, and the rest of the characters such great dialogue, and her descriptions were seamless. I'm one of those readers who doesn't always want long descriptive parts when I'm really enjoying a book (get me to the action!), and this fit the bill with perfect laughs, set-ups, and surprises. Another quote: Finn stared at me like I'd sprouted a third eyeball. He waited until I was done before he sat up and clapped his hands together. Again. And again. "Bravo! Did they serve a helping of brainwashing with the twigs this morning or was it beamed directly into your brain via your microchip?" There are so many elements to LOOP that time travel really is just a part of it. Even if that's not normally your "thing", I guarantee you'll enjoy LOOP anyway. I love love loved book one, and can't wait to read the next in the series! 
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Loop' is the exhilarating first book in a new young adult science fiction series. The series is set in the twenty-third century, where everything has advanced - medicine, technology, transportation - since our time in the twenty-first century. There are certain people who contain a specific gene that allows them to travel through time; and with the advanced technology of the future, scientists have created a microchip that will keep the Shifters (time travelers) safe and healthy, among other things. Our main character, Bree, is a Shifter. She attends the Institute, a school that specializes in time travel practice. Bree's life has gone downhill in the past few months, and when she makes a pretty big mistake on her midterm, she's all but certain that she'll lose her scholarship to the school. Things go from bad to even worse when Bree tries to go back in time to the place where her midterm problem happens so she can try to salvage the situation - but Bree ends up three years after her initial shift. Finn, the scrawny kid she met during her midterm shift, is now incredibly hot and just as annoying. He and his family seem to know a lot about what is going on in Bree's life - her future life. Finn refuses to give Bree any answers at the request of her future self - who just happens to be pretty close to him. The unthinkable happens when Bree is forced back to her present - and Finn goes with her. As if that isn't bad enough, things are getting downright strange at the Institute. Her friends are getting into accidents, things are coming up missing, and the culprit is attacking Shifters. After Bree and Finn put together the puzzle and realize who is behind everything, she realizes that only they hold the knowledge - except for her future self. Will Bree and Finn be able to stop the attacks before people she loves get hurt? I have to admit that I don't often read time travel fiction, mostly owing to the fact that I get incredibly confused. I overthink every single part of the process and its effects - to the point where I'm totally lost and can't enjoy the book. I tried my hardest not to put too much extra thought into the inner workings of time travel when I read this book - and I have to admit that it did help, if just a little. The whole concept of time travel and different versions of yourself - it boggled my mind just like it always does. However, the other aspects of the book were so thrilling that I was able to focus on the story itself instead of all the tiny details that normally sidetrack me. The plot of the book was wholly original in itself, but the varying concepts along with the romance and the deeper layers of the story really made it stand out for me. Bree is a great main character - I liked her right from the start. She's a very realistic character considering the plot of the book. Bree's a typical teenage girl who has to deal with everyday problems just like regular teens. She has to keep her grades up in school so she doesn't lose her scholarship, her mother is in a coma and Bree tries everything she can think of to help figure out what exactly happened to her and how to bring her back, and that's before we get into the time traveling parts of her life. The story is told from Bree's point of view, so we get an inside look at the "real" her - sarcastic inner dialogue, unspoken fears and doubts, as well as her hopes and dreams. I loved getting to know Bree on such a personal level - I think it made her very easy to identify with. I don't really focus on the romance parts of books, but I have to point out that Bree and Finn were fun and fascinating to watch. I loved seeing them get to know each other and how their relationship grows (even if it is unconventional). Their romance gave an extra depth to the book that I believe makes it more appealing to a wider audience. Everything about the book is so well done that I can't begin to do it justice with a review. The writing was fast paced but flowed naturally. The setting was incredibly detailed and I loved learning all about the twenty-third century and their improvements on life. The entire story was told with vivid imagery and descriptions - to the point that I felt I was experiencing everything alongside Bree. There is so much happening in the book - the romance, the time traveling, and then the big mystery of the person they need to stop. I'm so excited that this is just the first book in what promises to be nothing short of an astounding and enchanting series! Fans of science fiction and time travel need to read this book. Don't miss out on it! I highly recommend it to fans of all genres and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment to see what happens next! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Andrea813 More than 1 year ago
Mind. Blown. Can that be my review for Loop? No seriously, can I just say ‘mind blown, read it’ and be done with it? Really that is all I want to say. I wanted to tell people to read Loop when I was 4% done with the book. I wanted to tell people when I was 18% done. I just wanted to tell all the people to read it as soon as the possible can. Because Loop, is 100% fantastic! Loop is a fantastic time travel story about Bree, a 16 year old girl, living in the 23rd century where Time Travel is a part of everyday life. To complete a midterm, Bree is sent to the 21st century and ends up on a path she never expected when she takes a teenage boy hostage (sort of by accident). On the verge of losing her scholarship at the Institute she has no choice but to sneak back to talk to the kid. The only problem is he is convinced he knows her and they are in love. Not knowing what to do and what is actually going on Bree returns home, but inadvertently ends up taking him with her. Now stuck in the 23rd century with a boy she doesn’t know that knows her and a pile of odd occurrences, Bree has to figure out just what is exactly happening and who it is she is supposed to trust. There was a lot I loved about this book. I loved Bree’s voice, Finn’s adorableness, the humor, the writing. I even liked all of the side characters. But the one thing I loved the most (the humor and Finn are tied for a close second) was the mystery you read without knowing you are reading it. There is a very intricate story woven into the pages of Loop and as a reader you don’t really even know that’s what is happening. Every single thing that Akins’ wrote was written for the purpose of moving the story along. Time travel and parallel life stories are hard. There is a lot of planning and plotting involved to not confuse the reader and to make the plot flow seamlessly. And when all is said and done you can tell Akins put the time and energy in it for her readers. I wasn’t left feeling confused or like something was missing. I left Loop just wanting the story to go on forever. I could go on and on, as I said there was so much I loved about this book, but I feel like I may have said too much already. I feel like the best thing I can do for you is to just tell you to read it and enjoy. To take it all in. To be left dying for more. To just read a great book with some great writing. If you love parallel life/time travel stories, then DO NOT MISS this book. It is a must. Now give me the sequel Twist!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simple beautiful looking girl walked toward the door shivering-