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The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson
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really liked it
bookshelves: 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, Lucy and the boys come face-to-face with the bioengineering gone wrong.

It has gone very wrong indeed. Make no mistake, Johnson does not shy away from gore and general stomach-churning details. We stan.

There is also a conspiracy podcast element which I absolutely adored. It was an exceptional device for tying in biting social commentary, which is one of the hallmarks of a solid piece of Horror fiction, in my opinion.

The podcast host was entirely realistic and I thought he was an excellent addition to the cast of characters. I can't imagine the story without him.

The comparison to Stranger Things is understandable, although these kids seem much more mature than the original pack from ST. I mean, obviously there is a big age difference.

However, the overall vibe, is there.

If you are looking for a fast-paced, smart, evil corporation horror thriller...wait, is that a thing?

Yes. It is now and I want more of it.

I had a ton of fun with this. I am excited to read more from this author. I think he made really great choices with how this story unfolded.

It was humorous and horrifying, which are two things that go so well together.

Like peanut butter and chocolate. Do not disagree with that.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Gallery Books, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review.

I appreciate it so much and urge any horror lover to give it a shot.
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Reading Progress

June 9, 2020 – Shelved
June 9, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
October 28, 2020 –
12.0% "I'm really enjoying this so far. The characters are great!" (Hardcover Edition)
October 28, 2020 –
38.0% "I am enjoying this so much!!!! 🖤" (Hardcover Edition)
November 1, 2020 –
54.0% (Hardcover Edition)
November 9, 2020 – Started Reading
November 9, 2020 –
64.0% "One of my favorite aspects of Horror fiction is the biting social commentary. This one. This one does it so well!!!


(Hardcover Edition)
November 9, 2020 –
75.0% (Hardcover Edition)
November 14, 2020 –
88.0% (Hardcover Edition)
November 15, 2020 – Shelved as: arcs-read
November 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Debra (new)

Debra This sounds intriguing!

megs_bookrack Debra wrote: "This sounds intriguing!"
I agree! I am planning to start it next week. Seems like a fitting read for the season :)

message 3: by Autumn (new) - added it

Autumn I first heard about this today and I'm already stalking my library to see if they're getting it soon. Gallery Press has been putting out some really good reads lately!!

megs_bookrack Autumn wrote: "I first heard about this today and I'm already stalking my library to see if they're getting it soon. Gallery Press has been putting out some really good reads lately!!" Yes, they absolutely have! I hope you can get your hands on this one soon. xx

message 5: by Misty (new)

Misty Ohhhh.....def want to read this one!! Great review!

megs_bookrack Misty wrote: "Ohhhh.....def want to read this one!! Great review!"
Thank you so much. I know I say it in the review, but it is just a ton of bloody, gory fun! Thank you, Misty ❤

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