The Loop By Ben Oliver – Review
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Life inside The Loop-the futuristic death row for teens under eighteen-is one long repetitive purgatory. But when news of the encroaching chaos in the outside world reaches the inmates and disorder begins to strike, the prison becomes the least of their worries.
It’s Luka Kane’s sixteenth birthday and he’s been inside The Loop for over two years. Every inmate is serving a death sentence with the option to push back their execution date by six months if they opt into “Delays”, scientific and medical experiments for the benefit of the elite in the outside world. But rumours of a war on the outside are spreading amongst the inmates, and before they know it, their tortuous routine becomes disrupted. The government issued rain stops falling. Strange things are happening to the guards. And it’s not long until the inmates are left alone inside the prison.
Were the chains that shackled Luka to his cell the only instruments left to keep him safe? He must overcome fellow prisoners hell-bent on killing him, the warden losing her mind, the rabid rats in the train tunnels, and a population turned into murderous monsters to try and break out of The Loop, save his family, and discover who is responsible for the chaos that has been inflicted upon the world.
WOW! This book definitely left me speechless. The Loop is an exhilarating, dystopian novel that had me hooked from the first page and left me wanting more. All the futuristic elements (and rats) were so realistic and scary that it really hits hard with the possibility that our current society could evolve to the world depicted in this book.
The world is borderless, there are no countries, only numbered regions. There is a striking division amongst the societal classes. The world building and attention to detail was definitely executed to the highest of standards.
In regards to the plot, it was again, very well thought out and flowed rather smoothly. In my opinion, there was a perfect balance between the fast paced and slow paced scenes. The final explosive revelations about humanity made so much sense.
I was slightly disappointed by the character development. Luka’s character was well executed but I found myself wanting more about Malachai, Kina, Wren and the rest of the gang so I hope we get that in the sequel which I am so excited for.
If you enjoy the dystopian genre…YOU NEED TO READ THIS! I got all the dystopian feels and was thrown back to when I first read the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner and Divergent!