Jul 19, 2014

Book Review: Reboot - Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Finished copy borrowed from Dianne
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Reboot went straight to my TBR list the first time I heard about it. I had high expectations - as in Divergent- and The Hunger Games-ish expectations - which the book certainly reached. Before reading this, I thought Rebooting was done by evil scientists, but turns out it's actually natural selection. Huh. The Reboots are like rational zombies with a fair hint of Wolverine in them - yeah, they're as awesome as they sound.

She froze. Her eyes flew from the 178 printed on my skin to my face and she let out another shriek.
No. There was no human left in me.
Stoic and unfeeling as she was, Wren was easy to like. She thinks that after one hundred seventy-eight minutes of being dead, she has no humanity left, when in reality she's been stripped down to the most basic levels of it. At first she's the perfect soldier, obedient and unquestioning, but soon she gets doubts about the system she's followed her entire undead life.

Imagine if Four from Divergent was quite the adorable softie and the one who's new to Dauntless, with Tris as his trainer - yep, that's the situation with Wren and Callum. Because of his constant coaxing, the best takes a chance on the worst, and with that begins a no-nonsense and practical but sweet and passionate romance. And I loved it! The two never seemed to catch a break, but all the hurdles only strengthened their relationship as they helped each other face their nightmares.

Bloody and ruthless, fast-paced and action-packed, Reboot proves that just because you're on the run doesn't mean the kissing has to stop; in fact, why catch a breath when you can lose it cuddling with someone? I really enjoyed the author's writing style because it was so simple yet so perfect for the story, Wren's voice so appropriate and realistic. I have the sequel waiting to be read right here, and I plan to pick it up real soon.

MY FAVORITE PART is the couple going to Callum's home.


1 comment:

  1. I am so interested in this book. The whole premise of the book looks cool and entertaining. However, I've seen some mixed reviews for it. A lot of reviews are like yours, with the reviews gushing about how good everything was, but then there's reviews were the reviews say that they didn't like the plot and wouldn't be reading the second installment. So, needless to say I'm a little nervous about reading this one, but the plot looks to cool not to read.
    Great review :D


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