|Chaos loop (Throwback)|
Author: Lerangis, Peter
As Corey becomes more and more addicted to rewriting history, he learns that time travel might change him in ways he may never be able to reverse. So he decides to use the trips he still has to change history in the most meaningful way he can imagine: by stopping Adolf Hitler. But when Corey travels back to World War II-era Germany, he quickly learns the forces of history are strong and that it's going to take a lot more than his good intentions to turn back the tides of evil.
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
School Library Journal (05/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2020 The second installment of the Throwback trilogy sees Corey diving deeper into a time-traveling habit, and as he successfully makes an impact through a number of smaller changes, he hopes to do something bigger. With the help [of] his best friend, Leila, he decides to go back and stop Hitler. Their trip to WWII Germany doesn’t go as planned, however, and Corey is finally forced to face a growing addiction to rewriting history—and the consequences involved. This new adventure explores more of Corey’s abilities as it hits upon another devastating time that changed the course of human history. Through the perspective of a 13-year-old, Lerangis infuses a hopefulness through the genuine belief that individuals have the power to make the world better. This time, Leila’s presence adds a fresh dynamic to the adventure, and Chaos Loop proves even more fun than the first book in the series, with more action, crazy antics, time-travel shenanigans, and a meaningful exploration of history. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 4–7—In the second Throwback book, 13-year-old Corey uses his time- and space-traveling abilities with his friend Leila in tow, this time in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler—first in 1939 Munich, then in 1908 Vienna when the future Führer was still an art student. The danger of time travel–induced transmogrification becomes more pressing as Corey starts to feel some physical effects. Lerangis keeps his protagonist, and the pace, constantly pushing forward with lots of action. Some may cringe at the attempt to humanize and turn Hitler into a character, albeit with inescapable references to his malevolence and bigotry (e.g. poor hygiene, "cold, bloodshot" eyes, outbursts of anti-Semitic rhetoric). As an ostensibly Jewish character, who also identifies as Puerto Rican and Greek American, Corey's own lack of Jewish generational trauma seems questionable; he "freezes" and "gulps" but seems to feel little personal terror or hatred for the figure, upset only at the larger situation. Dialogue is stilted, with German phrases awkwardly and too liberally poured into conversations, (Leila just happens to be fluent in German), and characters are shallow throughout. The plot ends on a cliffhanger, anticipating the next volume. VERDICT While not worth the purchase as a standalone title, readers who enjoyed the first of the series will be glad to go along for the ride.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.