Review by Dana
May 2013 by HarperTeen
Amazon + Good Reads
"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 by Amy Tintera is a fast paced action packed adventure of epic proportions. I don't think I have read any science fiction books as good as Reboot this year. I was immediately drawn in with by the plot. Reboots come back to life stronger and faster which is crazy especially since Wren was dead for a total of 178 minutes. The longer you are dead the less human you become. So naturally the government uses Reboots as police.
Surprisingly Wren was a great narrator. At first when she was unfeeling it was hard to connect with her but she slowly began to change for the better mainly because of Callum. But through most of the book she was always very confused by her feelings and left her contemplating what she was. She never saw herself as human and slowly learned how to be human with Callum.
Callum is a 22 meaning he was dead for only 22 minutes. The lower number you are the more human you are. So Callum is basically human. He isn't wanted by the humans and not respected by the Reboots. Most low number Reboots under 50 are afraid of the over 100 Reboots. For some strange reason Callum really likes Wren.
Wren trains new Reboots and her Reboots always stay alive in the field. She usually gets the highest number Reboot as her trainee. But for some reason she chooses Callum. Callum has too much human emotion and can't do his job. As Wren trains Callum was the best part of the book. Callum teaches Wren to dance and it freaking adorable. Those were my favorite scenes in the whole book. I loved their growing relationship. It was quite the opposite of insta-love it took a long time to develop.
I have to say the world building was excellent. You really understood how someone becomes a Reboot and why everything became this way. There was enough history involved in the story that you could see how this world became so corrupt. The story takes place in Texas only so I definitely want to know if there is more out there and what life is like there. I really enjoyed reading the contrast from the slums and the ricco. The ricco weren’t even that rich more like middle class and getting by but to those living in the slums that was the high life. It is crazy that something like that is possible. The Reboots probably not but the story setting maybe.
Wren finally became human again and decided that Callum wasn't going to make it there. She learns about a rebel Reboot reservation and will do anything to get Callum there. I loved the action and adventure in getting to the reservation. The story really picked up at this point. The story resolves on a happy note but at the same time it was a cliff hanger. I can't wait for the next book and I dying to know what happens to Callum and Wren! I hope they start an even bigger rebellion.
Reboot 2 will be out next year I had a conversation with Amy on twitter and I will be picking this sequel up right away. I wish this book didn't end!! If loved Divergent and Delirium you will love Reboot!
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