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Monday, May 4, 2020

Review: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson @SagaSFF @JRJ_Is_Probable @night_worms #NightWormsInTheLoop

The Loop 
by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Thank you to Saga Press, the author and Night Worms for this amazing copy.

Publisher: Saga Press
Publish Date: September 29, 2020
320 Pages
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, YA

Stranger Things meets World War Z in this heart-racing conspiracy thriller as a lonely young woman teams up with a group of fellow outcasts to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong.

Turner Falls is a small tourist town nestled in the hills of western Oregon, the kind of town you escape to for a vacation. When an inexplicable outbreak rapidly develops, this idyllic town becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence as the teenaged children of several executives from the local biotech firm become ill and aggressively murderous. Suddenly the town is on edge, and Lucy and her friends must do everything it takes just to fight through the night.

My Review:

Lucccccccyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy… that's it.  That's my review... just kidding! "Still not meat."

The synopsis says Stranger Things meets World War Z... but I got Disturbing Behavior vibes!  If you're looking for a horror/sci-fi/YA mix that barrels over you leaving you a bit quaking in your boots (or sneakers, or heels, or whatever), then this is definitely the book for you!  The book open with a podcast transcript that draws you right in.  What exactly IS going on?  Bring it to me Nightwatchman! Then we are transported into a classroom where the strange and unusual happens and voila - we are off to the races!

Listen y'all, this is one doozy of a read.  I do wish I had a little more meat (haha, if you read this book, pun not intended) with the characters.  We get flashes on Lucy's background but I felt it got lost a little bit because of how fast paced and short time lined this read is.  Totally being nit picky and clearly it's just me wanting more from a character I felt a pull towards, which is never a bad thing.

What Johnson does is bring us realistic teen anxiety, true friendships, conspiracy, money over human life (ahem, hello real world here), ew inducing scenes that had my face wrinkled and basically one night of mayhem for our lead, Lucy.  WHAT!  Yes, exactly.  You need to add this to your TBR. 


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