The Block Book Tour

I am so excited to be taking part in The Block Book Tour, hosted by TBR And Beyond Tours! Check out my *spoiler-free* review below!

The Block

Book 2 of The Loop Trilogy

By Ben Oliver

YA Science Fiction

320 Pages

Ages 14+

Chicken House

Published May 4, 2021

Hardcover – Paperback – Kindle – Audiobook


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 he 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 is 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.

My Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Block is the second book in The Loop Trilogy – and it is amazing! Sometimes the second book doesn’t meet the expectations that the first book set. This is not the case!! I loved The Loop and I thought The Block was even better. Both of these books are in my top 10 of this year so far!

Maze Runner meets Hunger Games meets The Terminator! Both of these books are action packed and full of plot twists. I absolutely love books where I can’t figure out what’s going to happen next!! Teens on death row, AI taking over, virtual reality and more – once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down.

The world building is phenomenal – I can definitely imagine this being adapted into a movie. The pacing is fast, never a dull moment. Luka is quite the character – the things he goes through to survive show how strong minded he is. The book does leave you with a cliffhanger, fingers crossed that book 3 comes out soon!

About The Author

Ben Oliver began writing creatively at age seven, and was promptly placed into the lowest reading and writing group at school. Frustrated by his lack of immediate success, Ben chose to step-down from the world of writing.

Three years later, he came out of retirement to write a ‘What I Did During My Summer Holiday’ assignment, where he claimed he saved the world from the apocalypse. Encouraged by an enthusiastic teacher, Ben returned, triumphantly, to writing. A mere twenty-two years later, and now a high school English teacher, Ben’s first novel, The Loop, is scheduled to be published in 2020.


Huge thanks to TBR And Beyond Tours and Ben Oliver for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Check out what the other hosts are saying below!

Tour Schedule

Have a wonderful day!


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