The Loop, Ben Oliver, Chicken House (£6.99)

What is the book about?

Focused on a world where a human’s social status is based on upgrades to their genetics via technology tested by prisoners, The Loop is an institution for those under 18 on a life sentence. Luka Kane is 16 and whenever presented with the choice he can delay his fate by taking part in a surgery to test a new technology, or face his death sentence. Talk of a rebellion begins to reach The Loop.

Who is it aimed at?

Though this would definitely be classed as a Young Adult book, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone older interested in the themes.

What was your favourite part?

With so many books over the years taking on the challenge of a dystopian future, it can be hard to find just the right balance of originality, intrigue and haunting parallels to the real world. I felt that The Loop brought all this and more together in a meaningful and endlessly entertaining way.

What was your least favourite part?

Near the beginning there were a lot of plot points that had to be introduced and it could get confusing.

Which character would you most like to meet?

Wren definitely stood out to me. This is to do with the contrast her lifestyle provided to Luka’s, and also what the way they interacted meant to him.

Why should someone buy this book?

Ben Oliver took the world of Young Adult Science Fiction to a place I’ve not seen it before, and it’s always of interest to see something that feels fresh and exciting.

Gemma McLaughlin