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The Loop

(The Loop Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,562 ratings  ·  524 reviews
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 d
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Chicken House
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Ben Oliver Yes, it will be a trilogy :) the second book in the series is coming out in 2021.
Annie (Sad Water Bottle) The Matrix + The Maze Runner is what I would pitch it as. It's not as much The Hunger Games as I thought.…moreThe Matrix + The Maze Runner is what I would pitch it as. It's not as much The Hunger Games as I thought.(less)

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Ben Oliver
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm going to give myself 4.52 out of 5 (rounded up, of course!) because I've just written book 2 of The Loop trilogy and it's better than book 1... so... you know...

Anyway, thank you everyone for all the nice things you've said about The Loop - and if you didn't enjoy it, that's fine too :) not every book is for every person.
Kelli Wilson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the birth child of Stephen King's The Institute and Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave series.

Similar to those, this was a tough pill to swallow involving torture, prison and war for young adults and children. But damn if it isn't a rocket fueled ride. I couldn't stop reading even when I was hating what was happening. This is a love hate read in my opinion. The characters are absolutely wonderful. Dynamic and engaging! Dialogue was fantastic! Just enough that you get past the horrible things th
James Phoenix
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many books have claimed to be 'the next Hunger Games or Maze Runner' but few can actually meet that hype. I'm happy to say that this book has met these expectations and then some!

This book is mostly set inside a prison known as the Loop, where inmates are subject to torturous conditions and crippling loneliness. We explore this setting through the eyes of Luka Kane, a flawed and very relatable YA protagonist who keeps you engaged as the mysteries of the prison and the world around it begin to u
Nabilah Firdaus
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping, thrilling and terrifying read.

The Loop is set in dystopian future, where the world is regulated by the World Government and that government is counselled by Artificial Intelligence named Happy (which is very disturbing). It follows the story of Luka Kane who is an inmate in the Loop where the prisoners here are put through cruel torture and excruciating surrounding. Luka’s chance to escape is made possible when rumours of war start to spread and government-issued rain stops falling.

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Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
An AI controlled prison is inescapable for the teenagers inside it. There's no contact with the outside world, but rumours still filter through - and those rumours are very dark.
Some time in the future - at least a hundred years from now, it's possible I missed a more exact timeframe - the world has fallen under the power of the One World Government and an AI called Happy. Happy controls everything, everywhere. Including the Loop and Block prisons, one for under eighteens, one for adults. Luka's
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
yooo that ending got me fucked up
Joseph Elliott
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, inventive and full of twists and turns, I devoured this book. Whenever I thought I knew where it was heading, it would spin in another unexpected direction, constantly keeping me enthralled.

Set in a distopian future, Luca Kane is imprisoned in 'The Loop' - a nightmarish institute where inmates are harvested for their energy and experimented on by the government. Luka and the other inmates dream of escape, but with threats of war and rumours of a killer virus that turns humans into ru
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(I received an ARC from #pansing and @definitelybooks for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: The Loop by Ben Oliver (4 stars)

The Loop by Ben Oliver
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopian
Rating: 4/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

This book will be available at all good bookstores once it has been published (2nd April 2020)

I was so lucky to get surprise mail from #pansing and @definitelybooks and this book blew my mind! It has
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is wild! Part futuristic fight-the-system/zombie(-esque) apocalypse/sci-fi thriller, and a bunch of other things that somehow all seamlessly work together, this book reminds me of the golden days of dystopian YA, but maybe possibly almost does it better? Best yet, it also gives off some strong, early Pierce Brown vibes (extremely high praise), so all Red Rising fans out there, rejoice! Luka is beyond lovely - seriously, what a hero (who, sidenote, also has great taste in books) - as ar ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner meets The Walking Dead meets Prison Break meets World War Z. But all those combined are like eating cotton candy compared to this book. This was the most perfect dystopian apocalypse action-horror novel with a touch of politics and class conflict for the moment we're living right now. It was everything I look for in a dystopia: terrifyingly believable. After finishing it, I realized how badly I needed to suffer with a young-adult dystopia as if we were stil ...more
‪“Everything is as it should be.”

Vicious and efficient, the world of The Loop feels painfully pragmatically real & believably near. The Hunger Games is a walk in the park compared to this! The level of control is terrifying and when it all hits the fan IT REALLY HITS THE FAN!‬ YA Action, Thriller, Horror... Flawlessly executed and what a twist ending!
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to Recorded Books, the author, and the narrator for a listening copy of The Loop for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

Luka Kane, I’m going to kill you.

Going ahead and calling it: The Loop by Ben Oliver is going to be the next Hunger Games or 5th Wave. It’ll be the new YA sensation everyone is talking about so you may want to go ahead and get onboard.

It’s funny, I just finished and reviewed another novel that is also called The
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Everything is as it should be."

This book was my first pre-order ever. I normally behave like a good girl and wait for the price to drop, but when I read the synopsis, I knew I just had to get this one!

My TBR is so HUGE, I felt embarrassed to add yet another one to my collection. At night, I felt the cover looking at me (yes...), and I just had to read it the next day (sorry other books, you'll have to wait yet another more weeks...). I read this one in 2 days and I would have finished it in 1
Samantha Eck
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin with this one? I'm a mix of emotions...what just really what just happened. That's one way to end a book that's for sure. Goodness gracious talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. This author definitely told the story in a unique and thrilling way, he had me hooked until the very end. ...more
Anna Waterworth
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of the loop. It was completely brilliant - scary, believable and addictive! If you like dystopia, sci-fi or adventure books, then you will inhale this novel.
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Page turner

The best darn book I’ve read in awhile. The writing hooked me and never let me go. I seriously sat down and read it in less than a day. I loved it.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast read; great author! Perfect, albeit frustrating ending.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I shouldn’t have started The Loop in the evening because I have chronic insomnia and need to sleep at the same time every night, but that process went out the window because I got sucked into the story from the start.

In the world of the future, everyone answers to a computer program, Happy. And Happy can determine your fate without the aid of humans. So when Luka lands himself in The Loop, a high-tech prison for teens, it all seems hopeless. It’s a strict place where you’re cut off from humanit
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow I really enjoyed this one. It was a quick, easy read but it didn't lack world-building or character development. This one took me by surprise for sure.

I really liked the idea of alts vs. regulars and surgeries being first tested on prisoners before being offered to alts. I also like the concept of a "delay" - choosing the surgery in order to delay an execution. It was an unfair choice but that was the point.

Without spoiling anything, I'm not sure I like the reason behind the "smilers." That
Paige L
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with other readers on this one. The story is engaging and gripping and holds the readers attention throughout the novel. The characters were intriguing, personable, and easy to connect with even if most of them were "criminals". I also appreciate the authors originality and uniqueness in depicting a dystopian society through the eyes of young adults. However, for me personally the plot line is a little bit muddled. Between dealing with loss, love, introspection, revenge, redempti ...more
A. S.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an uncorrected proof version of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. This did not affect my review in any way.

This was such a page turner; a dystopian world that reminded me of Unwind in the way that it punishes its minor citizens, Luka Kane is trapped in The Loop, a juvenile prison that holds its prisoners and performs horrific medical experiments on them in exchange for Delays in execution. But strange things are happening recently, and Wren the warden tells him to escap
Scarlet Wilson
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Finished this book in one sitting. In Scotland, we’d call this one a wee beauty.
Full of twisty, heart-stopping moments that make your stomach clench in lots of uncomfortable ways. Good world building with just enough questions left unanswered to make you curious about the next one. Got to the end and shouted...NO.... because I wanted more. Pacing great.

For sensitive readers TW for death, gore in a Walking Dead kind of way and medical procedures.
Lesli Mejia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
What a good story. It's fast-paced, it's entertaining, it's horrifying and suspenseful and moving and intriguing. It's political and subversive, it's funny and wholesome. I didn't know the young adult dystopian genre was still so good and had evolved so much. The Loop is sci-fi, it's zombies, it's social criticism: it is a delightful read. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely up there with The Maze Runner and Hunger Game series. Can’t wait for the second book!
Susan Gauthier
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I usually never give 5 stars but loved this book! It reminds me of the Maze Runner and left me with wanting book 2.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Institute meets The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games meets World War Z.
A great YA dystopian page-turner.
Saskia Piscaer
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, this book was a wild ride from beginning to end.

I hope there is a sequel coming out, because that ending!!!!! I need to know more.

Emily Lauter
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a mix of multiple dystopian themes. In theory, mixing these themes would lead to a disorganized or piecemeal plot. In reality, the author did a great job of keeping a linear story throughout the book with enough rising action and twists to keep the reader fully engaged. I’m really looking forward to reading the 2nd book once it’s released!
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. Love the cover. Love the character. Love love love this book. It grabbed me from the start and didn't really let go. The characters were compelling and you rooted for them, even though they're criminals locked away in this horrible jail. The storyline was engaging and kept my attention throughout. Didn't LOVE the end cuz OMG but was thrilled to see it's not really the end. I want the 2nd one now, I need it NOW!!! ...more
Martin Gancarczyk
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just a short one.
Finished it after two nights and I really liked it a lot! ❤️
Was a big surprise. Didn’t expect too much and it was refreshingly good and mixed some genres/books together - in a good way. Divergent meets Maze Runner meets Walking Dead - and I’m so hooked for book 2 next year.
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