Friday, July 26, 2013

My Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 365
Category: Science Fiction/Dystopian
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot—stronger, faster, able to heal, but less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return, making Wren 178 the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas.
Callum 22, on the other hand, is practically still human. He's the worst trainee Wren has ever had—his reflexes are too slow, he's always asking pesky questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet he's still her newbie. When Callum fails to measure up to Reboot standards, Wren is told to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before, but she'll do whatever it takes to save Callum's life.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Reboot is set in a dystopic world in the land of Texas. It is run by the government of HARC who control the humans and reboots. Reboots are humans who die because of the KDH virus, but come back to life after a short while. (Sort of like zombies, though they do not eat humans). This is where the main character Wren pops in. She is the deadliest, most unemotional reboot, being dead for 178 minutes. She follows HARC's orders for it is her duty, and she likes it that way no questions asked. That is until she meets the undeadliest reboot, Callum. He's 22, practically acts like a human still, yet there's something that grabs Wren's attention about him. Callum cannot justify HARC killing people/reboots whether they are innocent or not, so he does the unthinkable and stands up to them. Having enough of Callum's attitude, HARC orders Wren to kill him. By now, she has developed a loving relationship for him and does not want him to die. Wren comes up with a plan for them to escape. They make the journey to a place where only reboots live, free of a controlling government.
This was a good book. It had its ups and downs for me though. I liked the main character Wren. She was tough, she knew how to fight, and she grew as a person throughout the book. She was brain washed by the government leading her to believe that she could not having feelings. Wren started thinking for herself, having her own opinions. For instance, she looked into a mirror one time and actually saw a pretty girl instead of a hideous monster.
Callum on the other hand was...just okay. Sure he was romantic when he danced with Wren, but sadly, he didn't have that swoon worthy vibe going on. I did enjoy that he brought out the more commendable, openness out of Wren. They balanced each other out well. He had good morals also by not killing anyone. My other gripe about him is that he needed to listen to Wren more, especially if he wanted to live. His stubbornness irked me a bit much haha.
The story itself was a thrilling read. Plenty of action through out the book, primarily when Wren and Callum escape the HARC building where they lived. While Wren and Callum had their obstacles cut out for them, I felt the end was a tad rushed and cleaned up a little too tidy. For the sequel to this book I would also like to see more world building. There were some things left unanswered that I hope the author delves into more. I also want to see Callum grow more independent as a character. He needs to be less cutesy, and more dominant so he can kick some butt too. I can't wait for the sequel. I really hope the hiccups get fixed. (On a side note, even though I might have written more negative things about this book I truly did enjoy reading it).           

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