Reboot by Amy Tintera | Book Review

Reboot by Amy Tintera | Book ReviewReboot by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 7th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 365
Format: Hardcover

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.

What I thought NEWWhen I first read the synopsis of this book, it captured my attention immediately. The idea behind this book, the story itself, seemed just so original. Instead of the zombies we’re used to reading about, we get Reboots, humans aged 20 or under that Reboot back to life only minutes after their deaths. The longer the time between death and the actual Reboot, the less humanity is preserved when they awake. This book has been sitting on my shelf since the summer holidays and somehow I only just managed to pick this book up… boy, have I been missing out!

Reboot was such a thrilling read! Fast-paced and exciting, a kick-ass female lead and a very original and -above all- awesome take on the Zombie premise!

Wren (aka the kick-ass female lead) came back as a Reboot after being dead for 178 minutes. Her number is incredibly high and make her the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. The very first pages of Reboot, we’re thrown into and action scene between Wren and one of her targets. From then on we’re shown, having the book told from her point of view, that she is cold and ruthless and tough. These kind of characters are incredibly hard to pull of, but Wren’s somewhat stoic personality is balanced by her dry humour and a great and gripping character depth.

From the beginning to the end of this book I found the character development incredibly impressive! We’re told from the start that Wren has no humanity left, she’s been told she doesn’t have feelings from the start and believes so herself. However, since the very first time meeting Callum she slowly regains shreds of her humanity. Seeing her change in character was one of my favourite aspects of the book and at the end of this book we find a completely different girl than the one we met in those very first pages -though equally kick-ass!-

Callum was such a likable character. His personality, humour, and views and beliefs made him feel so real and easy to like. Callum, with his easy-going attitude and great personality, forces Wren to see that she does have feelings, and even though she isn’t human anymore, she is still more than she herself thought she was and more than a tool used by HARC  to keep people in line. He’s a great character and -in my opinion- a legitimate fictional boy to crush on!

The word building was very good! Amy Tintera made it so very easy to visualize. When a scene takes place where humans meet a Reboot, the amount of mistrust becomes almost suffocating. That combined with the poverty and the fear that rules the humans, I think it is safe to say that the relationship between humans and reboots isn’t good at all.

If the characters and the world building were the strongest aspects of this book, then maybe the romance was its weakness. While I didn’t mind it, I can see why others might, Wren and Callum fall in love quite easily and fast. It’s not really Insta-Love, but it comes close. There where times that I felt like the romance overshadowed the plot and dampened the concept of the Reboots a bit. Like I said, I didn’t really mind, but I can understand that others might do.

I think it is safe to say that I am rooting for this book (and can’t wait to read Rebel!). This book was awesome! Fast-paced, action-packed, great characters, awesome word building, and super original. This story was exactly what I hoped it would be and more! I loved it!

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  1. 16/01/2014 / 11:27

    For some reason I was never really interested in Reboot, so I had no idea what it is about. I actually thought it’s about robots! Anyway, zombies. I don’t really have a preference for either robots or zombies, but I do really like the premise of these zombies and ‘rebooting’. Sometimes I just need to read a good action-filled book with a kick-ass main character, and it seems like Reboot is perfect for that. Although I am a little hesitant still, because you mention that the romance sometimes overshadows the plot. That’s something I really don’t like with books like this that promises a lot of action!

    • Iris
      20/01/2014 / 21:38

      The plot was good, tough the action just kinda happened and them BOOM everything was done, as well as the romance overshadowing it every now and then. Its a good read, the characters are great, they really made the book, and the premise of rebooting was what drew me to read it. It didn’t really disappoint, though I hope that the romance will take a little bit of a backseat in Rebel.

      I can understand your hesitation, though if you have the time, I would recommend you reading it :)

  2. 17/01/2014 / 11:08

    Callum totally reminded me of Peeta from The Hunger Games. N’awwww…. both unbelievably sweet to a very unemotional girl! My only downfall for this book was that Wren was totally full of emotion and she kept saying, “I have no emotion”. Like, heck, no! You do too, Wren!! But I thought she and Callum were unbelievably cute together. The end was a little bit easy, though, eh? They just kind of DID everything and booyah. Sequel, please? (I can’t wait until Rebel comes out this year!) Oh, and the blog looks very nice. The header is different, isn’t it? :)

    • Iris
      20/01/2014 / 21:44

      Oh yeah. Callum was great! and you’re right about him being a bit like Peeta (whom I adore as well haha)!

      I know what you mean about Wren and her emotions, I felt like she was the only one not realizing that she did obviously have emotions. I loved how Callum managed to help her with that little issue of her <3

      The ending just flew by, I mean it was BOOM and then everything happened and was okay... It was over a bit too quick for my liking, but hey! It was an awesome read, so I'll totally overlook that haha.

      Yay! Thank you for noticing! Yes, I kept the same colours and all, but the overall design has changed. Mainly the headers and all that. *Is very giddy at the moment that you noticed it*

      *Hug!* Thanks for stopping by

  3. 17/01/2014 / 21:36

    I just got an ARC of the sequel and need to get my hands on Reboot, I’ve had my eye on it for so long now. I am glad to hear you loved it so much, I hope I do too! :)

    • Iris
      20/01/2014 / 21:39

      Okay, I had a bit of a jealousy spark there. Lucky you! I didn’t get accepted on Edelweiss (Am still having a bit of trouble finding out how to work it and actually get accepted haha)

      Happy reading! and let me know what you thought! :)

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