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In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what him and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he builds an army. Luka in a prisoner once again. But this time it's a fate worse than death. In the Block, he must toggle between enduri In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what him and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he builds an army. Luka in a prisoner once again. But this time it's a fate worse than death. In the Block, he must toggle between enduring an Energy Harvest for twelve hours of the day and surviving complete immobilization. The only semblance of relief is the Sane Zone, created to keep prisoners from going completely mad. In this virtual reality, the prisoners live out their fantasies of life outside. But for Luka, it's different. Happy is determined to find out the location of his friends, who disappeared after the Battle of Midway Park. But can Luka battle the descent into madness long enought to stop Happy's manipulation tactics and keep his friends' location safe? Another prison break is the only chance to protect the Missing. And as reality becomes increasingly scrambled on the outside, it'll take an army to stop Galen from carrying out his plans.


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In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what him and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he builds an army. Luka in a prisoner once again. But this time it's a fate worse than death. In the Block, he must toggle between enduri In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what him and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he builds an army. Luka in a prisoner once again. But this time it's a fate worse than death. In the Block, he must toggle between enduring an Energy Harvest for twelve hours of the day and surviving complete immobilization. The only semblance of relief is the Sane Zone, created to keep prisoners from going completely mad. In this virtual reality, the prisoners live out their fantasies of life outside. But for Luka, it's different. Happy is determined to find out the location of his friends, who disappeared after the Battle of Midway Park. But can Luka battle the descent into madness long enought to stop Happy's manipulation tactics and keep his friends' location safe? Another prison break is the only chance to protect the Missing. And as reality becomes increasingly scrambled on the outside, it'll take an army to stop Galen from carrying out his plans.

30 review for The Block

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Oliver

    The Block is the best book I've written in my life! (so far) I'll give it 4.68, because there's always room for me to become a better writer... but I loved writing this book, and I hope you all enjoy reading it :) The Block is the best book I've written in my life! (so far) I'll give it 4.68, because there's always room for me to become a better writer... but I loved writing this book, and I hope you all enjoy reading it :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    CW: (view spoiler)[torture, people would rather kill themselves than stay prisoners on the block, death of loved one, suicide, medical scenes/experiments (hide spoiler)] Well I am ropeable! What kind of ending is that, Ben! And why doesn't it say that there is a book three coming out? I have no further comments but, Ben, I assume you are tippy typing right now and creating book 3. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 CW: (view spoiler)[torture, people would rather kill themselves than stay prisoners on the block, death of loved one, suicide, medical scenes/experiments (hide spoiler)] Well I am ropeable! What kind of ending is that, Ben! And why doesn't it say that there is a book three coming out? I have no further comments but, Ben, I assume you are tippy typing right now and creating book 3. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liv Chalmers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay why am I crying over the death of a drone named Apple-Moth at 12:30am? Seriously though, Pod’s death made me cry HARD. When Igby was repeating himself through the radio and got no response... the TRAUMA.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Callie Brown

    You can't just end it like that! Damn, this book was good. Really good. Like one of the best books I've ever read good. Ben Oliver you are a genius. There was still all the same aspects as The Loop had, but as we had been in the world and with the characters for longer there were loads of really sweet and funny moments, parts with plot twists you'd never see coming, and entire scenes that left you creeped out. The purgatory chapters gave me ready player one vibes which I loved, the concept was a You can't just end it like that! Damn, this book was good. Really good. Like one of the best books I've ever read good. Ben Oliver you are a genius. There was still all the same aspects as The Loop had, but as we had been in the world and with the characters for longer there were loads of really sweet and funny moments, parts with plot twists you'd never see coming, and entire scenes that left you creeped out. The purgatory chapters gave me ready player one vibes which I loved, the concept was a really creative way to show how technology could be used in what appears to be a useful way, but ultimately isn't all that great. And can I say, I loved Apple-Moth. One of my favourite 'characters', what a cool little dude. And the whole Pod and Igby situation, I didn't see that coming, but looking back it was somewhat obvious. The conversation they had on the intercom with each other at the end, I physically couldn't deal with it. Heart broken. To summarise, this series needs more hype and recognition, because it's bloody brilliant and I've never read anything like it before. Please, please, please, go read it. I'm begging you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Welliver

    Sometimes book 2 of a series can be a disappointment, but not this time! The Block is packed with even more action than The Loop, and the ending left me reeling at the thought of book 3. A great read for reluctant readers or those in a reading slump, this series is rammed full of suspense and plot twists!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly and her Hardbacks

    I need book 3 NOWWWWW

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sueda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It feels a bit difficult to write this review since I’m not 100% sure of what to say. I’m giving it 4,5 stars because I enjoyed the first book a bit more than the second This is my first ever review because I felt like I had to get this dump of thoughts off me :,) This series really manages to give me the creeps 24/7 because of the sinister look it gives into the future which’s trigger are the people of today. I found it a bit hard to find myself back in the story even though there is barely a mon It feels a bit difficult to write this review since I’m not 100% sure of what to say. I’m giving it 4,5 stars because I enjoyed the first book a bit more than the second This is my first ever review because I felt like I had to get this dump of thoughts off me :,) This series really manages to give me the creeps 24/7 because of the sinister look it gives into the future which’s trigger are the people of today. I found it a bit hard to find myself back in the story even though there is barely a month between me reading book one and two. The first 70 pages didn’t really catch me (it’s not that I didn’t like it but it just didn’t excite me the way the first 70 pages of “The Loop” excited me) however, I kept reading because “The Loop” convinced me that Ben Oliver knows what he is doing with the story. I’m very glad I did. The reason it didn’t excite me too much was because I was scared that everything will just be a repetition of the pages before again and again, and I was certain that the book would be too predictable what then again sounded so stupid to me bc again “The Loop” proved that the author isn’t messing around and knows how to keep the reader on their toes. The pace picked up very nicely, and we were introduced to new characters who I really liked! Just one note that I think was disappointing: Samira is a beautiful name that holds a lot of meaning and information in it. One is that she’s not just another white character in a YA book. Therefore, calling her “Sam” all the time took away all the effect of her background and her being POC. Continuing.. Purgatory: I loved the name of that place. Even when it looked very peaceful and soothing in the beginning the name already made you alert and not give in to the temptation of finally settling down (even as a reader) I gotta be really honest, in the beginning I really didn’t like the turn the story took when they entered a video game (also I found the NPC’s so scary, to imagine those zombie-like mute creatures in front of you was extremely unsettling) However, when they started to feel dizzy and Molly’s warning slowly faded away from Lukas mind the whole thing started to get extremely exciting. As a reader you kept repeating “get out Luka get out Luka get out Luka” and hoped that Luka and Malachai would remind each other to leave that place, but then they actually started to settle down there. Right when you thought they are completely lost that NPC receptionist managed to remind Luka that he needs to leave ASAP Though I don’t really understand how that worked since he was a NPC. Like is that the whole point? Davis himself said “he barely manages to say his few lines” so were the warnings he said actually Luka’s subconscious? I think so. Skipping to the part where they are back in the library: That felt like the ultimate showdown to me since everything went down hill and everything escalated. Tyco (someone please kill him already😩) showing up and shooting Akimi with the Deleter (I think she died very randomly, without any drama or anything. She was a great character and I would’ve loved to at least see her dead be a bit more emotional), Samira in absolute pain because of her baby, the Mosquitos crashing into the windows, the alts entering the library. It was overwhelming but felt real since those things would’ve actually happened that hectic and stressful. The author could’ve taken his time describing every little detail of everything going on but that would’ve killed the effect of the characters being in a fix. They managed to get into the panic room: Actually, I wasn’t shocked at all when Pod said that one person won’t be able to make it out. I don’t know I just felt it. It’s this “things weren’t shitty enough rn let’s make it worse” that made me certain. (Samira btw just casually giving birth within 20 mins while everything happens and after that gets up and walks away) Pod: Y’all already know what’s coming. My heart broke when I understood why Pod punched Igby in his face. He sacrificed himself to save the person he loves. And as if his talk with Luka wasn’t enough, he had a final conversation with Igby. My heart broke. DEAR MR BEN OLIVER, THE ONLY THING I ASKED FOR WAS FOR POD TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE STARS AND YOU DID NOT GRANT ME THAT WISH. I HATE YOU 😭 I loved Pod A LOT and think he is extremely selfless (same as all the other characters) and a beautiful companion to his friends. I wished he could’ve finished his quest with Igby and looked at the stars. Luka in the Arc: I loved the things Luka told the readers about what’s right and what’s wrong. That genocide and evil cannot be justified with peace and a better future. These words can really easily be translated into today’s time (and in any other time since humans exist because power and the concept of “good and evil” are a constant issue) Also, the way he talked about the rich that feed off the poor not only on a materialistic basis but also their pleasure of SEEING that they are “superior” to them due to their wealth. I cannot wait for the final book, and I am so glad that I stumbled upon this series because it is eye opening and a gem as a survival guide for today’s world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Deal

    First of all, am I the only one that got some Terminator feels??! I mean seriously. Okay, my rating... 4.5 hearts Wow, talk about a cliffhanger. Just get ready! For me, I always anticipate the worst when I'm reading the second book of a series, especially when I love the first book in the series so much. Typically, the second book is a boring and sluggish story that barely moves and nothing of importance really happens to progress the plot. While this book does start out a little sloooooow, it is ver First of all, am I the only one that got some Terminator feels??! I mean seriously. Okay, my rating... 4.5 hearts Wow, talk about a cliffhanger. Just get ready! For me, I always anticipate the worst when I'm reading the second book of a series, especially when I love the first book in the series so much. Typically, the second book is a boring and sluggish story that barely moves and nothing of importance really happens to progress the plot. While this book does start out a little sloooooow, it is very similar to the Loop in that regard. Very on brand for Ben Oliver, but it does pick up pace quicker than I imagined. There are many things that happen in this that give this book much more depth than the typical second book in a series. I was pleasantly surprised. I feel like there are not enough people that know about this series. It's legit good. I'm super picky and this one is so refreshing. So original. Goodness gracious! I also must say that my MVP for this book is Apple-Moth. He's so tiny, but in my mind his personality is so this... I will say, I have a few bones to pick. I don't want to give anything away, no spoilers, but I need to talk about this with someone who has read the book and see if they agree with me. Fine, I'll do the spoilers here. But don't read this if you haven't read the book. (view spoiler)[1.) What the hell? Tyco Roth. He is the worst at wanting to kill someone. Does he really even want to? I think this is being set up for something more with him, but giving Luka THAT much leeway to just skedaddle around before taking him prisoner...ugh... 2.) Also, worst panic room ever, amirite? 3.) I knew something was going to happen to Pod. Didn't you? Things were going to well and is it a cop out to just randomly throw in that "oh yeah, we're gay" as well? Like I get you want to be all-inclusive but show a little more of it so it's just not thrown in as an afterthought. I have some others, but this was at the forefront of my mind. (hide spoiler)] This is the only reason that this book didn't get a 5.0. At the end of the day, I still adore this book. This series is very underrated. If you haven't read the first one, do yourself a favor. Stop everything you are doing, find the book and start readinggggggggg. Don't stop when it's slow, just keep going. You won't regret it and if you do, talk to Ben about it. P.S. Oh Malachai, you funny If you know, you know.

  9. 4 out of 5

    BlessUrStars

    **If you haven't read The Loop and The Block I would not recommend reading this review.** I'm gonna give this a 3.5 out of 5. This was my most anticipated book of 2021. Happy to say that it didn't fall short. The Block wasn't a bad book but The Loop was better in a couple ways. However, The Loop had an advantage, being the first of a series it had the element of mystery. For example at the beginning of The Loop, these questions kept me interested(I literally couldn't put down the book). Why is Lu **If you haven't read The Loop and The Block I would not recommend reading this review.** I'm gonna give this a 3.5 out of 5. This was my most anticipated book of 2021. Happy to say that it didn't fall short. The Block wasn't a bad book but The Loop was better in a couple ways. However, The Loop had an advantage, being the first of a series it had the element of mystery. For example at the beginning of The Loop, these questions kept me interested(I literally couldn't put down the book). Why is Luka in The Loop? Who is Tyco Roth? Why does Tyco want to kill Luka? (Won't spoil who gets killed/ turned into a host but most of the time I was crying)I know there has to be some dramatic moments but whhhhyyyyyyy. Beginning: The beginning was a bit confusing for me. 1)Seemed very similar to The Loop and just came across as repetitive 2)I wanted a deeper explanation on how the Sane Zone worked 3)Bit too soon to be jumping into the action 4)I had a difficult time picturing some scenes (might have just been me) Middle: ❤️ This is where the story started to pick up. We got the gang back together (well most of it anyway). Sam- great addition to the team, love her attitude. Dr. Ortega (or should I say Dr---nvm not spoiling)-overall I like her. Might have a slight ebb problem. Apple Moth-makes my heart literally explode Akimi-wait... Pander-better than ever (you go girl) Igby-hilarious + still a genius Pod-[REDACTED] i can't even :( the D&D quest... Kina-one of my favorites from The Loop, still one of my favorites Luka-great protagonist makes brash decisions for the safety of his friends One negative: there wasn't a specific plan to take down [insert bad guy here]. The missions/adventures Luka & Co. went on were written beautifully, but there wasn't a main goal/overarching plan standing out. Not gonna even try to explain my thoughts about [insert creepy hotel name here]. End: no no no no no no nooooooooooooooooooooo Overall: I enjoyed this book but not more than The Loop. To me, there was just a bunch of action scenes building up to emotional ones. I just wish there was less meaningless action. The Block was a nice recap of [bad guys name here] evil plan to [insert evil plan here] but I feel like we were running in circles. I still loved reading this book and can't wait for the next one. One of my favorite series :) Tried not to put major spoilers in. K bye✌️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    This series is this generation’s Maze Runner and I am soooo here for it!!! I can only hope and hope that this series gets as much attention and appreciation as Maze Runner did, if not more. (I need fanart, and merch is what I’m saying, not a mediocre movie adaptation lol) In other words, this series is Patrick Ness meets James Dashner with Ben Oliver’s sincere originality and wow wow wow is the result incredible. It’s shockingly original, the main characters are refreshingly smart, memorable, an This series is this generation’s Maze Runner and I am soooo here for it!!! I can only hope and hope that this series gets as much attention and appreciation as Maze Runner did, if not more. (I need fanart, and merch is what I’m saying, not a mediocre movie adaptation lol) In other words, this series is Patrick Ness meets James Dashner with Ben Oliver’s sincere originality and wow wow wow is the result incredible. It’s shockingly original, the main characters are refreshingly smart, memorable, and DIVERSE. Luka is an excellent protagonist, it’s been so long since I’ve read a book with a genuinely good person as the lead role and it’s something I’ve missed seeing. I would prefer his romance with Kina was maybe a little more fleshed out before he goes around proclaiming her the love of his life but they do have genuine chemistry and their reoccurring inside joke is adorable. The world building is reminiscent of Maze Runner in the way the story progresses and how we learn details as we go on and how they all seem random but they end up working together, but this series is more diverse than Maze Runner in its casting, in its treatment of female characters (in a good way!! All the girls were not only just as capable as the males, but also just as INcapable, in short, they were CHARACTERS not just WOMEN), and in its main character. Oliver keeps pressing on these terrible odds and situations against his protagonists, so I was always on the edge of my seat. I have absolutely no idea what the third installment will be like with that ending but I am SO EXCITED for the grand finale. Oh, and I totally cried my eyes out. I guess if I had to have a few notes, there are a LOT of side characters and it took a while to remember who’s who. There’s a quick line near the end that seems like a cop-out, something super crucial kinda gets explained way with one line of dialogue, but no spoilers, and it’s pretty minor. Overall, I am so excited for the third novel in this trilogy and I will be keeping my eyes on Oliver for anything else this wacky genius comes up with.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan Graves

    A crazy fast paced ride!! I’m really excited for the conclusion!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: The Block (The Loop Trilogy Book 2) by Ben Oliver Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Rating: 5 Stars After the ending of The Loop, I couldn’t wait to get into The Block but I had no idea where the story was going to go from here since Luka has been imprisoned at the Block with presumably Kina and Malachai while the others have escaped with the Missing. It turns out that I was right about the ending of The Loop being a simulation but Luka is aware of it and spends the next 20 days Book Review Title: The Block (The Loop Trilogy Book 2) by Ben Oliver Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Rating: 5 Stars After the ending of The Loop, I couldn’t wait to get into The Block but I had no idea where the story was going to go from here since Luka has been imprisoned at the Block with presumably Kina and Malachai while the others have escaped with the Missing. It turns out that I was right about the ending of The Loop being a simulation but Luka is aware of it and spends the next 20 days there living out a life with Kina after the war until Happy begins asking questions again and it’s all over. Back in the reality of the Block we can see Luka hasn’t given up and even manages a brief escape attempt where he gets to kiss Kina in real life for the first time before Happy catches them and returns them to their cells. However, Happy is all too eager to inform Luka that it has found a way to override its programming meaning it can now harm humans directly which is one of the few things that prevented them from being killed in the first novel. Despite sending six hours in the Sane Zone where Happy usually tries to get Luka to give up the locations of the others, he feels like he is slowly losing his mind especially since he now knows that Wren, Kina, Malachai and Woods are all in the Block and it seems like they are the only ones there as a guard informs Luka that everyone else died which means they are the most important things to Happy right now and it is never going to give them up. As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, we see that Luka has spent almost 50 days in the Block while Happy has tried every method from coercion to torture to get the information it wants out of Luka and he has reached breaking point where he is willing to let go of his sanity and commit suicide in the harvest tube. At the very moment Luka is attempting to do this Pander and Kina shatter the tube and rescue him, although Luka is convinced that it is just another of Happy’s simulations and it takes a little while for Kina to convince him that this is real and that they are really escaping this time. By the time they bring Luka back to reality he wants to go for Wren and the other but Pander informs him that Malachai and Woods were moved out of the Block a few days before and they don’t know where they are and they don’t want to go for Wren and she doesn’t have the same healing technology as them and will most likely be pretty insane by now. Luka refuses to leave her behind so they obviously get her and escape once more via a flying car before heading to their next location, however, along the way they realise that Wren’s camera isn’t covered and Happy sends a train at them in order to stop them but they manage to barely avoid it. After this they make sure to keep Wren’s camera covered so Happy can’t track them and Luka learns that the healing technology is working on long term conditions like Pander’s hearing and Pod’s blindness. As the head to the safe haven the first reach a bathroom where Wren, Kina and Luka are all knocked out as someone called Doctor Ortega operates on them to remove their implanted cuffs and cameras meaning Happy has no way of controlling them or spying on them. Their haven turns out to be a library in the Old Town and they have set up a scrambler within three miles making Happy’s technology obsolete if it even gets close and they also have a panic room below the library if Happy managed to track them do. Mainly thanks to Pod and Igby they have been working on decoding the information that Happy sends the strange Alts in order to figure out what it’s plans are but it is slow work as they are working with outdated technology. As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, I was surprised by how quickly the novel moved from being in the Block to being free so I have no idea what is going to come in the rest of the novel as I was fully expecting it to take at least 30% of the novel before they were freed from the Block. Once at the haven, Luka is getting settled in and gets a chance to learn of what Pod and Igby have planned if they can get the necessary equipment they need they will be able to track down both Woods and Malachai and possibly rescue them too. However, they have to send scouts out into the city for both equipment and provisions since the library doesn’t have anything like that on hand. When the current scouts consisting of pregnant Samira return with nothing because the city is flooded with Alts and drones, Luka offers to go next. He is teamed up with Samira and Akimi and they decide that Akimi will go for provisions while Sam and Luka will hunt down the processor that Igby needs. They manage to find a processor but Sam is attacked by a Smiler that Luka manages to knock out before it does any damage but it hits home for Sam how close she was to dying. That isn’t the worst part though as her gun going off alert Happy to their location and they have drones and soldiers on them in minutes. While they manage to take out three of the four soldiers, Luka only has one bullet left and Sam’s gun has overheated but Luka manages to make the shot and they get away using the tunnels to hide in an abandoned pub until it is dark and they can return to the library. Being so close to the financial district is hard for Luka as he knows Pod and Igby got Molly to the bunker but when the battle happened at the end of the previous book, they didn’t have time to go back for her and they don’t know whether she is still alive or if she has been captured or killed. As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, it seems like Happy is always one step ahead of the group but I doubt it is going to stay that way for long. However, there are budding suspicions over who Doctor Ortega is and if she can be trusted as she seems to be a next level Alt that Happy can’t control and Luka has the nagging feeling he has met her before but can’t place her. After hiding out for hours, Sam and Luka make it back to the library but not without having to impersonate an ALT officer to make it back without being caught which surprises everyone in the group and they begin looking to Luka as their leader in the absence of Malachai and this disturbs him as he feels he doesn’t have the right qualities for being a leader. With the new processor Pod and Igby are able to find out that Woods and Malachai are alive but they have been taken to the Arc where Happy is going to upload into them in less than two hours before the computer crashes. Luka volunteers to get Malachai and Woods out of the Arc but without the computer he will be caught immediately but he still has the Alt uniform. He decides to take Apple-Moth, a companion drone who can block the other drones from finding Luka and it has a face changer app where it can make Luka look more like an Alt to avoid detection. By the time Luka reaches the Arc building for the mandatory meeting about Phase Three, he only has 20 minutes in order to save Woods and Malachai and begins looking for the lab. He eventually finds it but he now has under 5 minutes to save Woods and under 15 to save Malachai and he also happens to be surrounded by Alt soldiers so it isn’t looking good for Luka. However, I am wondering about the E4-EX-19 that Doctor Ortega told Luka to destroy if he found it in the Arc meaning it has got to be important to Happy. As we cross into the second half of the novel, I have a sinking feeling that Luka is either going to get himself captured again and if Happy catches him this time I am damn sure it will never let him go or he is going to get himself or his friends killed but they have pulled off the impossible before. As Luka enters the lab and sees not only Woods and Malachai but Tyco there waited for Happy to uploaded into their minds he knows he doesn’t have much time. He wakes Woods up but with only a minute until the upload is complete Woods chooses to kill himself rather than become a host for the AI. Luka has a full blown panic attack after that but Apple-Moth helps him through it as he wakes up Malachai as they have time to leave the Arc before the upload is complete. As they are planning to do just that Happy awakes in Tyco’s body and tries to stop them but they manages to escape and get down into the sewers. However, time is running out for Malachai and he asks Luka to either remove the eyes or kill him. Luka removes the eyes, destroying one and pocketing the other one hoping that Igby can hack into it. They don’t get far before soldiers are upon them and it seems there is no way out when Molly appears from the woods, kills the soldiers and helps Luka carry Malachai into a Red Zone. She explains that they are going to Purgatory, where the Missing are, and that the Red Zones are a lie as there is a radiation barrier at the beginning of the Red Zones but the radiation inside is receding so it is safe for up to a half mile into the Red Zone. Luka is obviously overwhelmed at seeing his sister alive but when they get to Purgatory he realises that the arcade is full of tubes, each one housing a dead body. Molly warns her brother as she gets Malachai into a tube to get out as quickly as he can because something isn’t right with Purgatory and Luka doesn’t understand what she is trying to tell him but he goes in regardless. Purgatory turns out to be a haven inside an old video game where the Missing have been hiding to avoid detection by Happy. There they get to meet Doctor Price who explains Happy’s plan and both Luka and Malachai realises they aren’t going to help them fight Happy as they are content to live in this virtual world for the rest of time or until Happy destroys them. As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel, something is obviously wrong with Luka’s memory as he can’t recall key information even though he is sure he has been told things he needs to remember. This gets worse the longer they are in Purgatory and they ask Price to tell them how they can leave this place and he does. Malachai wants to leave straight away but Luka won’t go without his sister and heads up to get her. However, when he gets there he finds her emotionless even though he just informed her that their father is dead and knows something is wrong but more of his memory is leaking away and he can’t remember why he should want to leave. It is almost like the casino scene from Percy Jackson and by the time he reaches the entrance doors he finds Malachai there and has no memory of wanting to leave. This is going to be a real problem because unless they get out of Purgatory and back to the library then his friends are going to continue leaving and might be captured for Happy to use in Phase Three of its plan and I have a feeling that Apple-Moth might lend a hand here. After escaping from Purgatory, Malachai and Luka have to face Doctor Price as their friends arrive to help. However, Luka has figured out that Price has been drugging everyone in Purgatory because he doesn’t want to be alone when the end come. I did like the fact Molly was the one to kill Price before removing the drugs from the systems of everyone else in Purgatory. Molly decides to stay behind in Purgatory to explain what has been happening while Luka and the other return to the library and find a way to deal with Happy once and for all. However, when they get back it takes minutes for Happy to trap them in the library, during this assault Sam goes into labour and everyone retreats to the panic room hoping to buy some time for them to form a plan but it seems like this is the end for the group. Luka, however, can’t stand by and let his friends die when there is something he can do so he makes a deal with Happy where he will be taken as the third host and experiment for Happy to figure out the healing technology and the secrets behind it if Happy lets his friends leave and live out their lives. He even makes the amendment that once Phase Three begins his friends can have the healing tech reversed and live out the rest of their natural lives within the Arc and Happy agrees. As we cross into the final section of the novel, it isn’t this simple as his friends don’t know Luka is going to leave them and after getting Sam, her baby and Wren out of the room with Doctor Ortega he informs the others that Tyco as per his own deal with Happy wants someone to die and if it can’t be Luka then someone else needs to take his place. As the door to the panic room needs to be held open from the inside and will slam shut the second it is released a decision is made and Igby is going to stay behind. However, at the last minute Pod punches him out and orders the others at gunpoint to leave him there, obviously Igby isn’t happy with this and gets to say goodbye through the intercom where almost everyone learns that this pair aren’t only friend they were lovers too and it broke my heart to read it. After that Luka abandons them while they head back to Purgatory and he witnesses the true evil that Happy is creating but he uses Apple-Moth to record everything. The following morning, he is supposed to give a speech informing the rebels that Happy’s plan in the right one etc but as always Luka goes completely off script informing his friends not to give up and to keep fighting no matter what happens. The ending of the Block was heart-breaking in many ways as we lose some of the characters we have come to love and I can’t wait for the rest of the group to complete destroy Happy in the final book (whenever it comes out). If you haven’t read this series yet then I highly recommend it and it is another 5 star read for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    The beginning seemed slow to me but it took off to an exciting finish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Loson

    4.5/5 *cries* this was just as good as The Loop, and now not knowing when book three comes out is KILLING ME

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rhys

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It’s been 11 days since I finished The Block and I’m still not over it. HOW DO YOU END A BOOK LIKE THAT? Has Ben Oliver been in contact with Elizabeth May? Because god damn these two are like the iconic duo of cliffhangers in their books. Not to mention they both have made me cry over character deaths. Why did I cry at 12am over a drone? I have no clue, couldn’t produce an answer. I need book 3 now. This was a mistake reading The Loop and The Block before book 3 is released. I NEED IT FFS.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Really good sequel, looking forward to finding out how it all pans out..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    Hello, I don’t usually do book reviews anymore because so much energy but I got this as an ARC from my work so it is my duty to provide y’all with a review! Woohoo! Anyway I’m giving this book 5 stars not because it was flawless but because I really enjoyed reading it and I read it all in 1 sitting. I finished it a week and a half ago I just got too lazy to finish my review. I want the final book NAOW. Nya This book was non-stop, back-to-back action. Perfect for a movie, but with a book with plen Hello, I don’t usually do book reviews anymore because so much energy but I got this as an ARC from my work so it is my duty to provide y’all with a review! Woohoo! Anyway I’m giving this book 5 stars not because it was flawless but because I really enjoyed reading it and I read it all in 1 sitting. I finished it a week and a half ago I just got too lazy to finish my review. I want the final book NAOW. Nya This book was non-stop, back-to-back action. Perfect for a movie, but with a book with plenty of room to spare (only 300 pages or so), I was hoping for a few instances where we could really get to know the characters further. We see these new characters and read about how they react to each situation and every new piece of information but we never really get the chance to see how they individually tick. There was room for Oliver to truly rip our hearts out by the end of the book but he kind of missed that opportunity. Also, character development? What’s that? Not even Luca’s relationship with Kina was expanded or deepened in any way. I need some more emotional attachment to these people yo. **The first two chapters should be deleted from existence, thank you.** Don’t panic if nothing makes any sense like I did. I spent a couple of hours re-reading The Loop, wondering if I lost my mind forgetting all the things that supposedly happened and the people that died only to find out... (view spoiler)[It wasn’t real. (hide spoiler)] It’s been a very long time since I was THAT confused. I read The Loop a few books ago and I had forgotten that much??? Nope. Actually had to make sure I did indeed have Book 2 ARC and not somehow Book 3. Herp a derp i confuse. I love this book but it is pretty unrealistic how many times Luca throws himself into certain death or an impossible situation and survives everything or is miraculously saved just in the nick of time. Luca and his friends should have died a thousand times over, but their super special healing capabilities and the slimmest chances of survival save them in the end. Winning! (view spoiler)[Most of them.. (hide spoiler)] There were a couple of new interesting characters! Dr. Price is such a complex, flawed character. The whole psychology behind all the things he has done is far beyond my mental capacity to debate, but it sure was interesting to read! POD AND IGBY (view spoiler)[should have been together forever I’m so MAD. Especially when I found out they were in an actual relationship. And Pod was just beginning to be able to see againnnnnnn. Noooooo. This was one point where my heart actually did crack: when they said goodbye to each other. I felt that in my soul from my own sense of loss. (hide spoiler)] APPLE-MOTH noooooo. I love you. (view spoiler)[My heart definitely cracked when Apple-moth got shot down for the last time. (hide spoiler)] You’re my favourite character even though you’re just a silly AI for children. I swear this AI could cure my depression if I could have it in real life. Panic room possible spoiler? Idk? Yeah, I’ll tag it. (view spoiler)[How on earth is the panic room supposed to be indestructible when WATER can leak in? Panic room supposed to protec everyone but if they can be smoked out with a little water, protec MY ASS. Also how on earth did Pod and Igby make a deletor-proof panic room with whatever scraps they could find? Water can get in but a future-tech deletor is out of the question? Bro. (hide spoiler)] Big ass info dump spoils. (view spoiler)[Blocking the sun out to remove solar energy as an option and weed out survivors that way was pretty brilliant. However, there are so many easier and quicker ways to do that than making a fuckton of small ass drones. Like dude, how and where is Happy getting all the materials to make MILLIONS of drones at the speed they were being made (1+ drone per second). How are they not flying into each other and shit with so many? And what about power? They don’t have any human batteries and they killed most of the human race already so how are they getting their electrical juices? Which brings me to yet another point: what are they going to do with all these drones once Phase 3 is complete? There are so few survivors that, really, it’s only a matter of time before they are all found whether they have thousands or millions of drones. (hide spoiler)] Maybe there are answers to all these questions that I missed (probably cuz I’m a dum-dum) or will be revealed in the final book. Idk I probably missed a lot of things but overall, action packed, exciting read that will make a cool ass movie some day. Did I do a good review? YOU DECIDE, in da comments below cuz idk what I’m doin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christopher The Reader

    Hi everyone, Its Christopher the reader here and the book we are here to talk about tonight is The Block. This Book is the 2nd in the series. I first read this book in June and it took me a day to finish. I am now going to talk about some of the book details. It was rated for readers aged 13 and up and was first published on the 9th of April in 2021, It was told using first person with it being in Luka's point of view. All together the book had 320 pages. - When reading I found that parts of this Hi everyone, Its Christopher the reader here and the book we are here to talk about tonight is The Block. This Book is the 2nd in the series. I first read this book in June and it took me a day to finish. I am now going to talk about some of the book details. It was rated for readers aged 13 and up and was first published on the 9th of April in 2021, It was told using first person with it being in Luka's point of view. All together the book had 320 pages. - When reading I found that parts of this book reminded me of scenes in one of the Percy Jackson Movies that I have watched a few years ago. Which I plan to re-watch again after reading the books for the first time, it does annoy me when I watch the movie before reading but I'm going to give the books ago when I get the chance to buy them. The book also had a ready player one type of vibe. I have to say, like with the first book I really enjoyed the pacing of the book, it had some action in, I would say that it had a lot more than the first book which I liked. I'm a huge fan of action. I also enjoyed that it had some funny scenes that helped balance things out. Like with the first book I still think I would have enjoyed the book more if it was written in a mix of 3rd person in small parts and then carry on with the rest in first person, with it being in Luka point of view as I did found a few parts a bit confusing at times when reading some scenes. - I loved that we get to read a memory with Luka and his sister, Molly. I found that it helps us a little to understand the kind of sibling relationship they had as we just jump into the first book without much information on his sister, there is also more but I don't want to spoiler it for the people who haven't read this book yet. Like with the first book there were things that I would have liked to have been explained more on how a few things worked within the world. - I enjoyed the scene with this character called apple moth, I think they were really funny and I just loved their personality. The other character that I enjoyed reading about was this new character called Sam. I really liked scenes with her and Luka in. This book had death in it and with the outcome of one of the character I would have liked that scenes to have been more emotional as It felt like it was just glossed over, I would have also liked for the romance part to have been a little more fleshed out as I don't think it was quite there just yet. - I personally think the ending was pretty good, it left us off on a cliff-hanger which made me want to read the next book straight away, last time I was happy as I got the first two books in this series but the next book will be the 3rd in the series and I don't own it yet as it comes out next year, To be honest I just want to dive back into the world. I hate that its coming out next year and not sooner. when doing research I found that there were TV Show deals for this book, Which I think will be really cool. I think this book will make a really good TV Show and I would definitely watch it. For each book that I read, I rate it out of 10, so for this I'm going to give it 9 or 5/5 on GoodReads. Remember this was what I thought about the Book personally and I suggest that you give it a go for yourself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    THE BLOCK is a thrilling sequel in THE LOOP trilogy, a dystopian sci-fi that is a cross between MAZE RUNNER and THE MATRIX. This book picks up after the first book ended, with Luka imprisoned in The Block. For half the day, he undergoes the devastating and painful energy harvesting and the other half is spent paralyzed or in the Sane Zone, a virtual reality simulation that is designed to keep the prisoners from losing their minds completely - at which time they would be become unusable for harve THE BLOCK is a thrilling sequel in THE LOOP trilogy, a dystopian sci-fi that is a cross between MAZE RUNNER and THE MATRIX. This book picks up after the first book ended, with Luka imprisoned in The Block. For half the day, he undergoes the devastating and painful energy harvesting and the other half is spent paralyzed or in the Sane Zone, a virtual reality simulation that is designed to keep the prisoners from losing their minds completely - at which time they would be become unusable for harvesting. In the Sane Zone, Luka is subjected to scenarios that feel incredibly real where he is escaping The Block before he is questioned about where the other escapees from The Loop are hiding. The AI Happy is executing its plan for the world, with only part of the scheme known to Luka and his friends. As he suffers The Block, Luka is desperate to keep his friends safe and somehow escape this torture as himself. What I loved: Much like the first book, this was a riveting and action-packed read that keeps the reader hooked from the first page. Never a dull moment, there is a lot that happens in this middle book of the trilogy, such that I kept wondering if this was the end of it - particularly with the shocking end. I was left reeling and I cannot wait for the third of this series. Although this is a middle book, there is a lot that happens and more that we learn about this world, the way that it came to be what it is, and the problems/politics of it all. It certainly did not feel like filler and is a great read in its own right. Luka continues to develop, and he's quite a compelling character, despite what he has been through. As we meet other new characters in the book, there are some interesting discussions about human nature and morality that I found really thought-provoking. In addition to themes around wealth distribution, greed, and systemic privilege, this made for a read that would be worth discussion in the classroom or book club. Final verdict: THE BLOCK is a fascinating sequel in a YA dystopian thriller trilogy that will leave readers reeling and eagerly awaiting the final book. Highly recommend for fans of THE MAZE RUNNER, THE 5TH WAVE, and EVE. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bee Jay

    I'm glad I read these close together; there's some recapping, but as the books are meant to follow on very closely from each, there's not much, and with my memory I'd have forgotten everything by now. If only I could also read the third book right away... In this volume Happy's plans are revealed a bit more and Luka and his (surviving) friends have to figure out how to bring the crazy AI down, using what resources they can find in a mostly demolished world. It's a tall order, and with possible be I'm glad I read these close together; there's some recapping, but as the books are meant to follow on very closely from each, there's not much, and with my memory I'd have forgotten everything by now. If only I could also read the third book right away... In this volume Happy's plans are revealed a bit more and Luka and his (surviving) friends have to figure out how to bring the crazy AI down, using what resources they can find in a mostly demolished world. It's a tall order, and with possible betrayals on all sides they'll have to stick together if they're to have any hope of winning. How creepy was Purgatory, huh! Right, now that's out of the way... This volume keeps the tension of the last one - apart from in one scene I'll get to in a minute - while ratcheting up the threat level and introducing us to some new facets of the world. Ben Oliver has thought very carefully about his world and how everything works and fits together, and it really shows. The only problem I had was a scene where Our Hero is surrounded many times over, but Our Villain allows him to wander around, talk to people , plot against him and generally take his sweet time, when he should have just grabbed him and taken off. I understand that it lets Our Hero angst and sacrifice himself in a very, very sweet scene, but it still surprised me a bit. Our Villain is not stupid, after all. I also couldn't quite follow the geography of the scene; the characters in the room are wading through knee high water, but the guy just outside the door - isn't? However, visualisation isn't my strongest point, so I may have just not understood it fully. I really enjoyed this read. Old enemies and allies alike reappear, things change and alter our understanding of the world, and the final volume is going to be a real humdinger. I cn't wait to read it and I'll be urging people to try this one as soon as possible.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nooooooooo. How can it end like that?????!!!!!!! Once again I had to listen to this book via Audible because I cannot find this book anywhere on kindle or in print. Oh well. Narration was fabulous - even if I still think the voice is a little too mature for a 16 year old. I often find that the middle book of a trilogy can be a bit of a let down. Sometimes it seems like they’re fillers, sandwiched between the first and last instalments. I’m happy to say that that is not the case here. The Block ha Nooooooooo. How can it end like that?????!!!!!!! Once again I had to listen to this book via Audible because I cannot find this book anywhere on kindle or in print. Oh well. Narration was fabulous - even if I still think the voice is a little too mature for a 16 year old. I often find that the middle book of a trilogy can be a bit of a let down. Sometimes it seems like they’re fillers, sandwiched between the first and last instalments. I’m happy to say that that is not the case here. The Block has all the action, suspense, and drama of The Loop, with new characters, heightened stakes, awesome character development and some moments that would have left me crying on the side of the road (listened mostly during my commutes to and from work) but luckily I was at home. Replace side of the road with my couch and you’ll have the same reaction. It’s always hurtful when characters die, especially in a series where you have more time and content to get attached. Akimi and Pod’s deaths had me very upset, Igby yelling into the intercom just about wrecked me. But my heart is breaking for the little drone that could known as Apple Moth. Vale little dude. Brave companion drone who was the bestest friend a person could ever ask for. Ben, if you read these reviews, please know that I am not okay.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed this book but something is just missing. It has lots of action and the world is interesting. Happy is a pretty good villain. But the characters just fall flat. With the exception of Apple-Moth who I thought was an adorable sidekick. There are a lot of characters in this one and in the first and I don't think any of them are given enough personality. The romances don't seem to be built on anything, the new characters all have just one or two main things about then and nothing more (preg I enjoyed this book but something is just missing. It has lots of action and the world is interesting. Happy is a pretty good villain. But the characters just fall flat. With the exception of Apple-Moth who I thought was an adorable sidekick. There are a lot of characters in this one and in the first and I don't think any of them are given enough personality. The romances don't seem to be built on anything, the new characters all have just one or two main things about then and nothing more (pregnant, druggie doctor, etc.). Even the characters from the first book didn't develop into anything more and I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. I was able to easily overlook this in the first book when I was trying to figure out the root cause of the issues in the city and really enjoying the world building. But in this one, the world was built and the villain was revealed so all I had was the action and nothing else and it just wasn't enough. I did enjoy it overall but no major impression, 3.5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    (Energy)

    In the second book in the trilogy, The Block gives us Luka, post escape from The Loop, in a place far worse, The Block. But, unfortunately, their uprising didn’t go as planned, and now he lives each day in torment, without hope. Living each day for the Safe Zone, he can only hope another prison break is in the works because he’s not sure how much longer he can go on living this way. Here’s the thing, I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the blog tour for The Block because The Loop was abso In the second book in the trilogy, The Block gives us Luka, post escape from The Loop, in a place far worse, The Block. But, unfortunately, their uprising didn’t go as planned, and now he lives each day in torment, without hope. Living each day for the Safe Zone, he can only hope another prison break is in the works because he’s not sure how much longer he can go on living this way. Here’s the thing, I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the blog tour for The Block because The Loop was absolutely incredible. Oliver took that momentum and ran with it, giving us a book that has non-stop action. Poor Luka, you want things to go right for him, but that isn’t the world that Happy has created. The thing that makes this dystopian world so scary is how realistic it is, how feasible the bleak future looks. Oliver drew on very real-world issues to give us this new, dystopian outlook. The Block is an addicting, super fun read from start to finish.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I adored my ARC of The Loop, it easily sat in my top five for the year (high praise when out of 251 reads!) and honestly, it made the world of The Hunger Games look like a walk in the park. It was dark, compelling, and the twist ending... Genuinely flawless. For that reason, when my pre-order of The Block came in, I sat on it (does anyone else hoard their most anticipated guaranteed-to-be-a-5star releases for a bad day?) There aren’t many authors I have that level of confidence in. I just *knew* I adored my ARC of The Loop, it easily sat in my top five for the year (high praise when out of 251 reads!) and honestly, it made the world of The Hunger Games look like a walk in the park. It was dark, compelling, and the twist ending... Genuinely flawless. For that reason, when my pre-order of The Block came in, I sat on it (does anyone else hoard their most anticipated guaranteed-to-be-a-5star releases for a bad day?) There aren’t many authors I have that level of confidence in. I just *knew* this was going to be a favourite. My instincts were correct. It turns out what we saw in The Loop was the playful kitten. The Block is a hungry wild tiger. It gets it’s claws into you. I’ve been angrily awaiting the weekends to get back to my copy, hiding in the bathroom reading an extra chapter or two. Oliver knows how to make you love his characters. And he isn’t afraid to ask the big questions or to break your heart.

  25. 5 out of 5

    valentina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i thought The Loop was intense but this was next level. i feel like this sequel, while it was crazy terrifying dystopian madness, allowed us a more intimate perspective on the relationships between the different characters, such as Luka and Kina, Igby and Pod (one of the best-written death scene's that i've read...) we even got to see platonic relationships flourish like Luka and Sam and Luka and Apple-Moth, and i really appreciated that, despite losing some of my favorite characters. one thing i i thought The Loop was intense but this was next level. i feel like this sequel, while it was crazy terrifying dystopian madness, allowed us a more intimate perspective on the relationships between the different characters, such as Luka and Kina, Igby and Pod (one of the best-written death scene's that i've read...) we even got to see platonic relationships flourish like Luka and Sam and Luka and Apple-Moth, and i really appreciated that, despite losing some of my favorite characters. one thing i hate about this book: Apple-Moth's death. i was so emotionally attached to a fictional, pocket-sized companion drone. lol. i can hardly wait for the next book to be released. i'll be waiting eagerly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meryl

    The Block 2021 Book #21 WOW! That. Was. Intense. I absolutely enjoyed the first book to this series (“The Loop”). I believe I called it “brilliantly insane.” Well… “The Block” did not disappoint. Thank you, Mr. Oliver— for bring something new to the YA Dystopian genre. There are too many that think: “to make it dystopian, I have to drop all my teenage characters into an arena or maze and have them duke it out to the death.” *Takes a breath* When in actuality, doesn’t have to be the case. Plus, “The B The Block 2021 Book #21 WOW! That. Was. Intense. I absolutely enjoyed the first book to this series (“The Loop”). I believe I called it “brilliantly insane.” Well… “The Block” did not disappoint. Thank you, Mr. Oliver— for bring something new to the YA Dystopian genre. There are too many that think: “to make it dystopian, I have to drop all my teenage characters into an arena or maze and have them duke it out to the death.” *Takes a breath* When in actuality, doesn’t have to be the case. Plus, “The Block” gave me such nostalgic “Terminator” vibes, I quite liked it. I can’t help but make the comparison. Anyway… That. Ending. Geez! If you haven’t read “The Loop” yet— like WHY? It’s so good! 4 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    I really love this series. Sometimes I get a little tired of the repetition, but there's so much heart in this story. I can't wait to read the end, I know it's gonna be hard to read. SPOILERS BELOW You better find a way to save Pod with all that old tech from purgatory, they've got some time before his brain was without oxygen for too long. Maybe not a lot but shit they're healing at an obsurd rate, surely you can give my boys a happy ending. God damn Tyco Roth, he's a sick fuck just like Galen Rye. I really love this series. Sometimes I get a little tired of the repetition, but there's so much heart in this story. I can't wait to read the end, I know it's gonna be hard to read. SPOILERS BELOW You better find a way to save Pod with all that old tech from purgatory, they've got some time before his brain was without oxygen for too long. Maybe not a lot but shit they're healing at an obsurd rate, surely you can give my boys a happy ending. God damn Tyco Roth, he's a sick fuck just like Galen Rye. I knew he was still alive, I bet he gave himself up just for the opportunity to kill Luka. Fuck him and fuck his dead brother.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosy C

    Wow! What a story! I can’t wait for the third book in this series. I absolutely got hooked on this series the moment I started reading it. Learning about Luka and his world and all of thr struggles that he endured made me admire him even more. The representation in this SciFi adventure is unlike any I’ve ever read. I love the attention to detail and the imagery of this series. The Block definitely had me thinking about how real this reality could be to us. If you’re into reading stories that ree Wow! What a story! I can’t wait for the third book in this series. I absolutely got hooked on this series the moment I started reading it. Learning about Luka and his world and all of thr struggles that he endured made me admire him even more. The representation in this SciFi adventure is unlike any I’ve ever read. I love the attention to detail and the imagery of this series. The Block definitely had me thinking about how real this reality could be to us. If you’re into reading stories that reel you in, involve AI and corruption then this book is definitely the right one for you! The Block was dark but hopefull and I am very much looking forward to reading the third book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    It was fine. It wasn’t life changing or anything, and I do think I enjoyed the loop a bit more. SPOILERS AHEAD‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ (but not enough really for me to warrant hitting the spoilers button) Some of the character deaths seemed a bit unnecessary and I guess the plot twist if you can call it that at the end also made very little sense (because I didn’t think she had gotten the upgrade? I thought that happened to Luca in the block?). Still flew through this book though (considering I only was actual It was fine. It wasn’t life changing or anything, and I do think I enjoyed the loop a bit more. SPOILERS AHEAD‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ (but not enough really for me to warrant hitting the spoilers button) Some of the character deaths seemed a bit unnecessary and I guess the plot twist if you can call it that at the end also made very little sense (because I didn’t think she had gotten the upgrade? I thought that happened to Luca in the block?). Still flew through this book though (considering I only was actually reading it the first few days after I marked it and then on the last day so…).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    First of all, can I have a round of applause for Apple-Moth? Thank you. Second, this book exceeded my expectations! It's gripping and raw and human and devastating and so close to reality despite it being set in a far-off future that it's lowkey terrifying. It got me thinking about all that's wrong about today's mentality, and how, maybe, we still have time to change it. I can't wait for book three! First of all, can I have a round of applause for Apple-Moth? Thank you. Second, this book exceeded my expectations! It's gripping and raw and human and devastating and so close to reality despite it being set in a far-off future that it's lowkey terrifying. It got me thinking about all that's wrong about today's mentality, and how, maybe, we still have time to change it. I can't wait for book three!

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