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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Stranger Things meets World War Z in this heart-racing thriller as a group of teenagers attempt to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong.

A small town nestled in the hills of western Oregon becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence when the teenaged children of several executives from the local biotech firm become ill and aggres
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Kelli Wilson

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
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
“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
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Turner Falls, Oregon, is a small town with a big problem.

A local biotech company's experiments seem to have gone terribly wrong, but when local misfit teens start to notice, who is going to believe them?

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

Our main protagonist, Lucy, was so well-imagined. 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 friends, Brewer and Bucket,
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
"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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, ya, 2020-shelf
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
Janelle Janson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, horror, night-worms
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
Michael Hicks
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
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
Ashley (bookishmommy)
"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
Frank Phillips
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
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
Lady H
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Based on the cover of this book, I had no idea what to expect. And sometimes that is the first thing a reader sees. But I knew that it was written by Jeremy Robert Johnson so it already had that working positively for it. Reading the synopsis it gets compared as Stranger Things meets World War Z... so another great thing going for it! I will say, however, that after reading and loving this book, it has so much more going on than a Stranger Things and World War Z mashup. Using that comparison doe ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the kind of edgy, fun read that I just love.

It’s violent, disturbing, and it goes a mile a minute. You won’t want to come up for air.

I liked our characters and simply loved the plot of this one. It’s one of those books where you simply aren’t sure where it’s going…but you’re happy to be along for the ride.

Not for people who like things soft and easy, but if you like a thriller with an edge, this is your book.

A blast of a read!

*ARC Provided via Net Galley
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If your tastes in horror tend to run towards the more wacky-scary, then The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson just might be the book for you. This horror sci-fi thriller mashup reads a bit like The X-Files and The Walking Dead meets Stranger Things with the parasitic mind control factor of The Faculty thrown in, but even all of that fails to tell the whole lurid story.

Nestled in the picturesque hills of western Oregon is Tur
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yikes
If cave stuff makes you as apprehensive as it does me, beware, this book has cave stuff galore. As soon as anyone starts talking about "a big party out at East Bear Caves" I start getting a little panicky and trust me, what happens during this cave party is a tremendously bad scene. This has nothing in common with either Stranger Things or World War Z; in fact the interludes from a conspiracy-theory podcast that are probably why the comparison to WWZ exists are the weakest parts of the book in m ...more
David Agranoff
Check out my podcast interview with the author about this book...

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a few authors rocketed out of the horror ghetto in various ways. Not everyone can go zero to sixty right out of the gate like Josh Malerman did. Your Paul Tremblay's or Sarah Pinbrough's spent years publishing well-respected work in the genre without mainstream success. Sarah Pinborough after years in the salt mines chipp
Diane Hernandez
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Teenage Lucy is still struggling with PTSD from her childhood experiences in Peru when she witnesses a demonic attack in her high school classroom. A fellow student blinds another. And then he kills the teacher who tries to break up the fight. Mysterious men then kill the attacker. But that is only the start of what Lucy has to deal with in The Loop.

When I saw the publisher’s blurb stating the book is “Stranger Things meets World War Z”, I had to read this book. This is technological horror at i
Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
Why do I do this to myself?! It's the shit year of 2020 and here I am after reading the 3rd apocalyptic book in a month. Why? Oh, because I've loved everything I've read from JRJ so far and I knew this would not be an exception. I just can't say no.

It was hard to formulate my thoughts for this review because I would categorize it as scifi/bizarre horror which my mind is totally drawn too, despite never totally understanding. It is what it is. That being said, even though there was a bit of scien
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