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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,949 ratings  ·  506 reviews
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 rapidl
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Kelli Wilson
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it

Something disturbing has begun in Turner Falls, Oregon. Home to IMTECH, a Science & Biotech Corporation. And it's about to get wild.

Using another specie's tissue, IMTECH created a biotech (like a parasite) and secretly implanted it in some of the town's teenagers. The goal was to control them. Let's just say, it backfired and the opposite occurred. All teenagers implanted became "infected" with an uncontrollable rage to kill and cause pain. Th
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Turner Falls, Oregon, is a small town with a very big problem.

A local biotech company's experiments have gone terribly wrong. When local misfit teens start to notice, however, who is going to believe them?

Y'all, The Loop was a bloody, gritty, gruesome, good time!

Our main protagonist, Lucy, was so refreshing. I loved reading from her perspective. Smart, witty, and slightly jaded, she found a strength within herself she didn't even realize was there.

Along with her two frien
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

Is this where we're at? Finding joy in the prospect of slightly diminished atrocities?

is there any better quote to sum up 2020?

this is a single-night sf/horror bloodbath tale of biotech hubris gone explosively wrong. it's being marketed as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War meets Stranger Things, but it's also got lovecraftian tentacles and cronenberg body horror. most succinctly, it's "what if john hughes made splatterporn*?"

it'd be this: a sinister nightmarescape
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
“Shit, dude . . . You always look good to me.” She’d never said anything like that before, but it was true, and he had to know that their mutual low-key crush was part of what sustained their friendship. And they were probably going to die soon anyway, so she figured she might as well put it out there. “Now give me your f**king shirt.”

Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sending me an ARC of The Loop in exchange for an honest review.

This book bills itself as a “heart-racing conspiracy thril
Sadie Hartmann
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published at Cemetery Dance:
You know, if I didn’t have to sleep, eat, or tend to the family during this stay-at-home order, I would have sat and read this one straight through. This book is everything.

Cue some strange intro music like the eerie riffs from X-Files or the digital notes of that synthesized melody from Stranger Things and settle into this binge-worthy genre mashup. Best known for his bizarro-horror style and flavor, Jeremy Ro
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Gallery Saga Press, Netgalley, and especially the author Jeremy Robert Johnson.
I loved this book! I had heard that this was going to be made into a series on some Netflix, Hulu or whatever! I'm not one who usually cares about a t.v. thing. However, I loved the book enough to know that if it's on Netflix or Hulu, I'll definitely watch this!
Amazon, Apple, H.B.O.,and whatever? Nope.
This is a story that not only has character building, but "for me" I felt all the hurts. I loved some 4
THE LOOP by Jeremy Robert Johnson is a standalone coming of age horror thriller with a science fiction aspect to it. Turner Falls, Oregon is a small tourist town that has recently seen an influx of biotech and related firms locating to it. Lucy and her friend nicknamed Bucket are juniors at the local high school and are the only minorities in the school. When a fight breaks out in class near the end of the school year, it is only the beginning of what is to come.

Lucy was a character that took a
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Gallery Books
3.5 Stars rounded to 4

Ok, so hear me out... This book was incredible in so many ways, but it also had so many unnecessary inclusions that I could have done without, hence the "not fully 4 star" rating. I'm not even referring to the content warning aspect of this novel; if you're the type of person who finds themselves offended by virtually anything, this probably won't be the book for you. It's violently graphic, gory, and uncomfortable, which are all things I enjoyed (gulp: what kind of a perso
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
This book started off so strong and had an amazing beginning. I adored Lucy the main character and her best bud Bucket and love interest of sorts, Brewer. I had such high hopes after reading the first 25% but then it all started to go downhill from there.

Honestly I have to blame myself for this. I haven't read zombie fiction in years and now I remember why I stopped. Once you've read one you have basically read them all. While this book doesn't have zombies, per se, it has teenagers that turn i
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Character driven, riveting apocalyptic YA sci-fi, fantasy with Stranger Things meets World War Z, Inbetweeners and Freaks and Geeks vibes! I’m sold!

Yes, amazing combination is served well with popcorn and gin-fizz! Of course I jumped in without having second thoughts!

But I have to warn you my friends! This book is not everyone’s cup of Early Grey: It’s gory, bloody, wild, dark and extremely violent journey! If you have delicate stomach, a hater of teen slasher movies or expecting something les
Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
I had so many hopes for this book and I was let down by all of them. Definitely not the way I wanted to start out 2021.

For starters, this was billed as a “Stranger things x World War Z” crossover, and although I know nothing about the latter, I was a big fan of stranger things. But the only comparison I could see was a foreign entity terrorizing the town (a pretty vague similarity). And while Stranger things had an excellent plot, lovable characters, and lots of suspense, this book had none of t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, I was not ready for 2020. And I'm not just talking about all of the craziness happening in the world today. I wasn't ready for all of the amazing books that 2020 has given the horror community so far. It makes me more and more excited for all of the amazing books that will continue to come out this year. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if my end of the year list of favorite books read in 2020 was mostly books released this year. But right now I'm focusing on Jeremy Robert Johnson's fan ...more
In the town of Turner Falls Oregon, a group of teens get the surprise of their life at a party in the caves nearby. This is not your run of the mill kegger!

THE LOOP spends a bit of time introducing us to these high schoolers-most of whom are considered outsiders by their peers. Lucy is the main character and she was my favorite. Having suffered from a terrible early childhood, she now has adopted parents that really care for her. Unfortunately, she is not capable of really caring for them. Her s
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm rounding this story up to 3 stars due to originality and character potential. The story somewhat reminded me of "The Goonies" if the villains had turned into bloodthirsty zombies.

The unlucky teens, Lucy, Bucket and Brewer, found themselves attempting to save their town from an alien-like invasion after almost everyone had been "infected". I found the gruesome descriptions of violence and language out of sync with Lucy's philosophical thoughts. Almost like there were two different stories tr
Heidi The Reader
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror, netgalley
"It was so surprisingly calm that it took a few minutes before anyone in the room even noticed the way that Chris Carmichael was twitching at his desk."

The first hint that something has gone wrong in Lucy Henderson's town is a horrific event in her high school classroom. The violent-nature of the event triggers trauma from Lucy's past, an emotional wound that goes so deeply into her psyche that she hasn't begun to process it- let alone the damage it has left behind.

It doesn't help that Lucy feel
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: destroyed-me
This is one of those ratings that in no way captures how this book feels; this thing was, above all, intense, and there's no simple liking or disliking going on. I have complicated feelings about it!

First off, World War Z meets Stranger Things is misleading - think more Lord of the Flies meets Slither, maybe, but that still doesn't entirely capture it. There's no sweet nostalgia here - this book couldn't have been written before the days of school shootings and thoughts and prayers taking preced
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-shelf, horror, fantasy, ya
This is one of those YA horrors that are specifically designed to appeal to a certain young reader if that certain young reader is certain that they want ALL the excuses to take all the drugs they want because they're being uber-controlled by a synthetic lovecraftian nightmare burrowing through their bodies -- I.E., their hormones.

No, no, this isn't a SATIRE or a COMMENTARY on young people's... ahem... drives or feedback loops... it really IS all about the lovecraftian cybernetic horror burrowin
With a great opening sequence of a classroom out of control as a high school student seems possessed and a cave scene filled with flesh eating teenagers run amuck, "The Loop" is a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Stranger Things and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is an action-packed horror story about an isolated town out of control as parasitic-controlled teenagers burst out of control. The first half is the best though. ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
This book read like a cheesy B horror movie… and not in a good way. What a disappointment. This book was all action and not enough story. The teenagers were unbelievably annoying and I just wanted them to be killed off. I probably should have DNF's this one, but it read so fast that I figured I might as well finish it so I could rate and review it.
Janelle Janson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, night-worms, 2020
Thank you Saga Press, Sadie Hartmann, and the Night Worms for my copy and the fun buddy read!

Jeremy Robert Johnson’s THE LOOP is a heart-stopping thrill ride that has everything you could want in a story. This brilliant book is complete with conspiracy theories, a virus epidemic, biological warfare, mystery, violence, gore, realistic characters, friendships, and a tiny bit of romance. Did I mention there is a podcast?!! So yeah, I’m looking at you - yeah, you - you need this book. It’s an incre
Jessica Haider
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something is happening to the teens in the small town of Turner Falls, OR. It all starts when three teenaged children of execs from the local Biotech firm IMTECH flip out and become murderously violent. Our protagonist Lucy, witnesses one of her classmates attacking another student and then their teacher in class. From there, things spin even further out of control as these violent impulses seem to be contagious. We follow Lucy as she tries to avoid being hurt and also tries to figure out what i ...more
Michael Hicks
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the silver screen spectacles of Hollywood have been one of the hardest hit industries with current productions having been forced to shutdown, and only having just recently resumed filming after months of inactivity, while movie theaters faced prolonged closures, and in some cases permanent shutdowns due to the lack of income. For those big-chain theaters that were able to weather the pandemic and have reopened, they now face a drought of customers unwilling to p ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A techno take on a classic "zombie apocalypse" setup, The Loop offers a lot of crazy scenes, fast-action, hella-bloody violence, and some really great, memorable characters. Johnson never disappoints. Crazy fun. ...more
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I'm only me. I'm right now. I'm here.
Maybe I've lost my mind, but this feels right.
I wish I'd lost my mind a long time ago."

I thought I already knew what my favorite book of 2020 was going to be BUT THEN Jeremy Robert Johnson rolls up like, NOT SO FAST, BITCH. This book, I am wrecked. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Loop was a pulse pounding, explosive thrill ride from beginning to end. I dare you not to binge this book.

It had EVERYTHING (and more!):
✔A strong female lead
✔Believable friendships
✔Fast pace and THRILL
Scottsdale Public Library
Lucy is already dealing with some difficult issues before things get weird in the town of Turner Falls, Oregon.

Her birth parents died in a car wreck, and she can't seem to let her adoptive parents show her affection without balking at it. But all that has to take a backseat when her town is infected by something that's making its residents erupt in to indiscriminate violence. She and her friends must stop the infection. Or at least survive until morning. Why are people acting this way? And what
Frank Phillips
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down. This was a solid book, but definitely a YA. It had a solid start and I immediately connected with the characters and developed empathy for the realistic family and life situations they were going through or had already experienced. Where it kind of fell flat for me was the action portions towards the end. Now granted I did listen to this via audiobook instead of reading it, so it may have actually read a bit better than it sounded, so take my review with a grain of salt as far ...more
Lady H
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
So this is basically one of those 90s splatterpunk teen horror movies, complete with lots of unnecessary and random lines about sex and porn. I don't understand why it had to be so weirdly crass? Took me completely out of the narrative. These teens also didn't feel believable to me as teens at all, but I've seen reviewers who have felt just the opposite, so I guess it depends on what circles you ran in as a teen.

Anyway, the book starts off with a bang, slows down a bit, and then picks up the pac
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Someone must have the answers, right? Someone must know what we're supposed to do when reality breaks down."

This book is one hell of a ride! How can you not love a good old fashioned small town cutoff from the outside world that starts to slowly implode due to corporate assholes messing with technological advances they most definitely shouldn't? Johnson has the perfect combo of loveable characters, a peppering of dark humor, and plenty of gore. This is a great book and definitely made me a fan
Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
So that was intense!

Fast-paced and never boring with characters believable and hilarious. Highly recommend!
Nov 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy must have taken some bad mushrooms.
Bizarre colors, sounds, tastes, textures and a strange flying sensation. What?
It felt like time had sped up, slowed down or stopped completely. What?

They're here.
The tv people.

The writing was dry, dull, and all over the place. So poorly written. A complete mess.

'The explosion moved through her, and she knew that she and Brewer would soon be dust, swirling together, undone and freed from the world.'
Just like i was freed
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