Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Loop by Ben Oliver – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  2 April 2020

Format: Paperback

Publisher : Scholastic Australia




Luka Kane will die in the Loop, a prison under the control of artificial intelligence.

Delays to his execution are granted if Luka submits to medical experiments. Escape is made impossible by a detonator sewn into his heart.

But on Luka’s seventeenth birthday, life in the Loop is altered: the government-issued rain stops falling and rumours of unrest start to spread. Breaking out might be his only chance to survive… and to stop a catastrophe from deleting humankind.




Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for sending me a copy of the Loop, in exchange for an honest review!


Luka has been in a solitary confinement type futuristic prison for 736 days.  Sentenced to death and subjected to torturous ‘energy harvests’,the prisoners are offered ‘delays’ – a chance for a stay of execution for an extra few months if they agree to unknown experiments.  Not knowing what the experiments are each time, they choose to roll the dice and hope it wont kill them.  When one of the offered delay’s come at an unscheduled time, at a time there are whispers of a revolution, the prisoner’s of the Loop need to find a way to escape – but is the world they’re escaping in to more dangerous than The Loop itself?
This was a brilliant, intense dystopian that had me hooked from the very first page. The complete control over the prisoner’s, by the AI system in the prison, was so terrifying.  Wires linked to their hearts that would detonate if they crossed certain lines, compulsory viewing of televised leader addresses and forced experiments were just some of the powers controlled by the AI.  Quite a lot of the book is set within the prison walls, and specifically within Luka’s cell.  That had the potential to become stale and boring but it didn’t.  Luka’s contact with the other prisoners was very limited throughout the first half of the book, but somehow I felt like we got to know all of the characters so well.  The world building was also excellent, without detracting from the fast pace of the narrative.  With a unique concept that threw us into twists and turns, culminating in an explosive ending, this was one of my favourite reads so far this month. If you’re a fan of dystopian reads, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.   I am absolutely dying for book 2!



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