Publishing Info: May 7, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult, Zombies
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: April 14, 2013
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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.
Thank goodness for REBOOT! It was just what I needed at this point in my reading line-up. I feel like I’ve read so many dystopians that have just run into each other or felt like a rip-off of another book and while I did find myself reading REBOOT and making comparisons to other books, I always felt like it was a refreshing and original story. When I made comparisons, they were minor details of the book — Like, how I felt like it read similar to Divergent, the reboots reminded me of the cyborgs in Cinder, and certain situations in the end reminded me of aspects of The Maze Runner trilogy… So if you liked all those, I surely hope you see the similarities like I did in REBOOT!
REBOOT was definitely not short on action. I was immediately hooked from page one. Our main girl Wren (aka One Seventy-eight) is the baddest reboot there is. See, she rebooted after being dead for one hundred and seventy-eight minutes. Wren got a second shot at a life, but that also meant that coming back after that amount of time made her less human, less emotional, and more focused on the missions that HARC gives her. I was totally hooked into Wren’s story and I was definitely glad that we got to read the book from her first person POV. Since she’s not as emotional as humans or even reboots with lower numbers, it was a bit difficult to constantly feel connected with her, but if this story was in third person, I feel like that connection could have easily been lost forever! I really liked hearing things straight from her head and she despite her less emotionally volatile state, she was really an easy character to get along with and to like!
Guys, there’s a BOY in this book and his name is Callum. He’s one of my favorite types of boys. You know, those almost-but-not-really-cocky guys with the full on grin that will just melt your heart and make you fall in love with him? Yeah. THAT guy. I loved him. Callum was so easy to like and he was just a Twenty-two, meaning he was only dead for 22 minutes before rebooting. Callum has a much more emotional connection to everyone and everything still and it was so interesting to see sort of a role-reversal going on. I loved that Callum was the one who was more emotional and Wren was the one who was more badass.
The plot itself is pretty interesting and definitely kept me racing through the book! I love that reboots are almost like zombies if you think about it (a virus makes them undead in a way, bringing them back from the dead) but the book NEVER has a zombie feel — it didn’t to me anyway. It’s very dystopian, very sci-fi, and not at all hokey which is how I feel with some zombie books and even some dystopians too.
I really think people are going to like this debut from Amy Tintera! I can easily see a lot of people enjoying it and I know I’m definitely excited to read book two already!
Wren: Wren’s true nature as a reboot is to be a little cold, a little calculating, and very formulaic… But once she gets tangled with Callum, everything starts to change. I loved that Wren could be the same exact reboot for years and years and then BOOM, Callum comes along and totally changes everything. It was interesting to think of how static she had been for years and now all of a sudden, things are changing. I loved hearing her story and I can’t wait to see what kind of things change in book two as well!
Callum: Okay, Wren and I may have to fight over Callum. He was totally that confident guy with a grin that lights up his whole face and totally sweeps you off your feet. I absolutely loved his character and he made such a good opposite and balance for Wren’s character. Callum was definitely my favorite and was just the perfect romance for this book.
This book was so much fun! I really loved that it felt new and not the same dystopian played out over and over again. Looking forward to book two!