Author: Amy Tintera
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Reboot (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 365 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062217070 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062217073 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: This was an awesome YA Dystopian book. There was great action, amazing characters, and a sweet romance. I would highly recommend this book, but fair warning — it is very hard to put down once you start reading.
Opening Sentence: THEY ALWAYS SCREAMED.
Wren Connolly died 5 years ago and 178 minutes later she woke up. She came back as a Reboot. There was a horrible virus that struck the U.S. and killed most of its inhabitants called KDH. KDH killed most people, but for a select few the virus caused them to Reboot. At first everyone thought that the virus was a miracle, but soon they realized that after coming back to life the people changed. They became a cold hard version of themselves with fewer emotions. The longer the time spent dead, the stronger, faster, and less emotional a Reboot is. Wren was dead the longest at 178 minutes which makes her the ultimate weapon.
Reboots are weapons for the HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Shortly after people started rebooting there was a war and the Reboots lost. Now if a child reboots they are taken to a facility to be trained and to do what they are told. If an adult reboots they are eliminated right away because they are too dangerous. As a reboot you follow orders or you are eliminated — end of story. Wren has been training newbie’s for years now and her trainees always have the best survival rate. This time — Wren is training Callum. His number is 22 and he is practically still human. He is slow, is always questioning things, and is far too cheerful. Wren hasn’t felt emotions in years, but the more she is around Callum to more she starts to feel. When she is given the order to eliminate Callum, Wren does something she has never done before — she disobeys orders. Wren will do whatever it takes to save him, even the impossible task of escaping the HARC.
I totally loved Wren. She is a kick butt heroine with spunk and attitude. Wren was dead longer than anyone else so she doesn’t really feel many emotions, but some have recently started to appear. She has done what she needs to do to survive. She knows that she is a slave to the HARC, but she has a bed to sleep in and a full stomach every night and that is a big improvement from her human life. People have always respected her, but everyone fears her as well until she meets Callum. With his easy smile, and boyish charm, Wren starts to feel things she has never felt before. Callum helps her recognize that she is more human than she originally thought. Wren is an amazing heroine with a strong voice and a great story.
Callum is such a sweetheart. With his good looks and charming easy going personality he is totally someone you can fall in love with. He has this really great confidence and knows that he is a catch, but it isn’t overdone to where he is cocky or annoying. Since his number is so low he is basically the same as a human, just a little more durable. His can’t shut out his emotions like most of the other reboots so when it comes to hurting others he won’t do it without a explainable reason. The HARC doesn’t like questions, you are supposed to follow orders and that’s the end of it. Because Callum is so hesitant, he is putting himself at a great risk, but doing the right thing is more important than his life. He is a really good person all around and some of his goodness rubs off on Wren. I loved his relationship with Wren. They have amazing chemistry. He treats Wren like an equal. Honestly, Callum is quickly climbing the ladders to become one of my all time favorite book boys.
Reboot is one of those books that you pick up and start reading and hours later you realize you are almost done. Right from the get go you are catapulted into this amazing intense story. It is filled with great action, awesome characters, and an unforgettable romance. The plot was unique and very captivating. The flow of the book was perfect and the writing was exceptional. This is Tintera’s debut novel and I have become a fan for life. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA Dystopian books. I promise you will enjoy it.
It was Callum, with a little Reboot. Thirteen years old or so. The boy was crazed, thrashing about and trying desperately to bite Callum. He’d already succeeded several times, from the looks of Twenty-two’s bloodied arms.
I didn’t know the kid’s number, but I could guess. Under sixty. And recently given shots. Callum desperately tried to run but the crowd had penned him in. The kid lunged and sunk his teeth into Callum’s arm, tearing off a piece of flesh.
Callum snatched it away with a look of utter horror and confusion. His eyes darted around the circle and rested on me, his relief obvious.I wasn’t sure anyone had ever been happy to see me.
“Hey!” I yelled. The Reboots started scattering right away and I grasped the kid’s shirt as he went for Callum again. I punched him across the face, hard, and tossed him along the floor, in the direction of the door. Weren’t the guards going to come get him? They were just going to leave him in here like this?
A few of the Under-sixties headed for the kid so I turned back to Callum, kneeling down next to him. I opened my mouth to yell, to demand why he hadn’t punched the smaller, weaker kid trying to devour him, when he wrapped his arms around my waist and hugged me.
“Thank you,” he said, his breathing still heavy and panicked.
FTC Advisory: Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Reboot. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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