The author provided me with a free audiobook copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Feedback Loop follows Quantum Hughes who has been stuck in a virtual world he calls the Loop due to a glitch. When he meets another human called Francis Euphoria, his life takes a turn. With a group called the Reapers out to kill him and The Loop seemingly trying to keep him from finding a hidden log out point, he must trust Francis and find a way out…maybe.
The Feedback Loop by Harmon Cooper reminds me of those big and stupid action movies. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Not all books need to have a philosophical or deep meaning behind it. Sometimes you just need to relax and enjoy the fun. I certainly did as I really liked this book.
The book has a plot that we have seen before and characters that we have also seen before. The sarcastic and temperamental main character, the mysterious new girl that appears out of nowhere, etc. But Cooper does a great job of giving life to them. They naturally progress throughout he book even if it is predictable. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You can have standard characters as long as they are done well and in this case, they are. The plot takes a bit to start, but once it does it never stops. Cooper does a good job of keeping the action visceral, yet clear. And the dialogue can be funny from time to time.
It is quite obvious, the book does not take itself seriously and I like that little self-awareness. As a result, unfortunately, the dialogue is cheesy more than it is funny. It also comes off as a bit cliché’d. But I felt it added a bit of charm to it. However, there might be those who would hate it, so this is a warning. The narrator, Jeff Hays, in the audiobook did a fantastic job of really selling the dialogue so much so that I found it hilarious. The book has enough twists to keep it from getting generic, but I felt the ending twist was a bit undeveloped. The character was really only mentioned throughout the book, so the twist was a bit of a surprise, but more so felt rushed.
Overall, The Feedback Loop was a very entertaining book to listen too and I had a lot of fun with it. Just kick back, relax, and listen.
RATING : A Must Buy