08 May 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera

"Want to dance? We have music this time. 
And I don't have to punch you when we finish."

Reboot (Reboot #1)

by Amy Tintera
YA - Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 7, 2013 by HarperTeen


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. 


One book in and I'm totally hooked on Amy Tintera! REBOOT is the perfect match for my picky, sci-fi loving heart. Tintera manages to make Wren feel human and worth rooting for, even though she is essentially dead and meant to be a cold-hearted killing machine, thanks to the government. She was dead 178 minutes, which means she's one of the best (with the longest known reboot time) and the least human among the Reboots. Wren is badass and calculating, while also managing to feel like a teen girl (albeit one in a super weird situation) and show the kind of vulnerability and hope not expected from someone intended to be a heartless soldier.

Then there's Callum. Oh, Callum. He was only dead for 22 minutes, which makes him kind of a joke among the Reboots and a possibly hopeless case to those in charge. He's sweet and smiley and the perfect balance to Wren's closed off resignation. He never quite fits in, but doesn't seem to mind enough to wipe the smile off his face. Without him, the story would've been much darker and Wren's hopeful side would've likely stayed buried until she died for the second and final time.

REBOOT is a great mix of action, weird, evil, science plot, and humor that keeps the reader hooked throughout. There is a second book in the works, so everything wasn't solved by the last page, but the conclusion of this book was enough of an ending to not leave you feeling confused or lost or irritated. It ends, but then there's a possibility for more… and you really want to know what's on the other side of that possibility.

REBOOT is a good choice for fans of Divergent or Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. And it released yesterday, so snag a copy ASAP.

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Thanks to HarperTeen for providing an ARC at TXLA!

1 comment :

  1. Hey there, review twin! Thanks for linking up my post! :) I am so glad you loved this one too. I agree about the whole being picky about sci-fi-ish books. This one totally worked for me, too. I loved how I thought about if this was real and how they would feel versus focusing on WHY and HOW they were reboots. I think that would have turned me off.


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