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Genre: Scifi, Time Travel, Mystery
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Website: Karen Akins official website
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Karen Akins Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Purchased – Delivered via Lit-Cube subscription box
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“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.”
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
Character: Charlotte – Finn’s Mom
“She knew … And didn’t appear fazed in the slightest.”
Charlotte just provides me with some humor throughout the story. She’s understanding when she should be losing her mind and she flips out over the small details (you would think it would be the other way around). I guess she reminds me of a real mom, not one just created for stories. She’s authentic and I love that!
Time Travel. Need I say more? Okay, of course I’m going to say more, but I do love a good time travel story and I feel like I don’t read enough of them. I was pleasantly surprised by Loop; I received my copy as part of my March Lit-Cube subscription box (you can see the unboxing contents here). At first it seemed heavily young adult, which don’t get me wrong, I love those stories, it’s just harder for me to relate to at this point in my life. However. I found that while Loop did have some young adult mentalities when it came to the romance, the story was still attention grabbing.
This novel is based around time travel (awesome enough in itself) but incorporates romance, mystery, suspense, and heartache in its weavings. Karen Akins did a fantastic job turning this book into a world you want to be a part of. I found myself thinking about all of the time traveling and how it would really work and the “butterfly effect,” if you will, but Akins takes a hold of a lot of those ideas and runs with her own theories – I love it! At the end, I was left with huge cliffhanger questions – not only about their story, but some gaps I felt were missing that were never fully explained. After looking up Akins website, I discovered that there is indeed a sequel already published, Twist, so I think I may just need to add that to my ever-growing To-Be-Read pile *sigh*. Hopefully that clears up some of the gaps I am so desperate to fill.
Yes – Karen Akins’ theories on time tavel and the world she builds are worth the read.
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