Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Loop by: Koji Suzuki

Honestly, I don't even think I can summarize this without accidentally giving something away. So, here's the summary from the publisher:

In the novel Ring, the videotape was the vendetta of Sadako, a tragic girl who could not be sated with simple revenge. In the sequel Spiral, a mutating virus displaced the tape and came to threaten the entire diversity of life. In this much-awaited conclusion of the Ring trilogy, everything you thought you knew about the story will have to be put aside." "In Loop, the killer mimics both AIDS and cancer, in a deadly new guise. Only one person, Kaoru Futami, asks where the disease could have originated. The youth, mature beyond his years, must hope to find answers in the deserts of New Mexico and the Loop project, a virtual matrix created by scientists. The fate of more than just his loved ones depends on Kaoru's success." Though best enjoyed by fans of Ring and Spiral, Loop is also written as a stand-alone work. The author's own favorite of the trilogy, this astounding finale is an emotionally resonant tale that scales conceptual heights from an angle all its own.

This book, Loop, was a mind-boggling read. At first, I was really wary about the direction Suzuki was taking the story. I was like, "You've got to be kidding me."

However, as soon as I got halfway through, I was completely immersed. It was hard for me to put the novel down. There are so many layers to this story, it's hard to take it all in at once.

In short, I loved it. It's a mentally challenging novel, it really makes you think. The way he intertwined the other two novels into this one was well done, also.

This is probably my favorite of the series, it was a great way to end it. If you like a book that challenges you, really makes you think, this book (the whole series, really) is for you. I highly recommend it.

My rating: 10/10


  1. I've never heard of this book, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. I like your enthusiasm for it, and reminding me that I need all my mental faculties...maybe I'll have to save it for vacation as so much of my brain is used during my teaching day. ;) You are really doing a great job with this challenge! You've read so many exciting and new to me books! I'm really enjoying your reviews.

  2. I've read the first two and enjoyed them but have somehow never gotten back to the third...maybe it's time to do so. Thanks for the review!

  3. You're most welcome, I hope you enjoy it (: