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BOOK REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

| 28 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

July 2021
Paperback, $19.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Horror / Science Fiction / Thriller / Young Adult

85% Rocking

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 aggressively murderous. Suddenly the town is on edge, and Lucy and her friends must do everything it takes just to fight through the night…




If you’re easily offended; don’t like cursing or gore; and want everything wrapped up in a neat bow, with all your questions answered, nothing left unsaid, and everyone riding off, happily, into the sunset… then this book isn’t for you.

But if you like a cast of flawed characters who’ve been through stuff and will do what it takes to save the world, losing friend after friend along the road in one way or another; if you like weird biotech that shouldn’t exist but which people in the real world seem to keep playing with; if you enjoy doing a deep-dive on some of the weirder conspiracies of our time… you’ll probably find a lot to enjoy here.

While reading this book, I tagged so very many quotes to share with you. Things that spoke to me, things that made me relate to the characters or gave you more insight as to what goes on in this story. But looking at them now, I just can’t pick which ones to share.

So instead I’ll say this… take in the above. If you’re sensitive to gore, swearing, and don’t like reading as characters are picked off, this might not be for you.

But if you like Stranger ThingsTwilight Zone, and maybe a bit of Black Mirror and Disturbing Behaviour thrown in for good measure, and you don’t mind a bit of gore and comeuppance because you understand those things offer their own kind of balance and realism, I think you’re really going to be hooked on this crazy ride of a story.

I’ll definitely be looking to get my hands on more of Johnson’s books!


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