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A Non-Review: Rebel (Reboot #2) – Amy Tintera

A Non-Review: Rebel (Reboot #2) – Amy TinteraTitle: Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
Publishing Info: May 13, 2014 by HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss, Purchased
Genres: Young Adult, Zombies, Dystopian
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 3, 2015
Related Posts: Reboot (Reboot #1)

Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.
Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.
With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left...
It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

One of my blog policies is that I will write a review for every single book I finish, no matter what my final opinion was. I’ve been growing a bit more lax with holding myself to reviewing but I still feel the draw to review almost every book, simply because I enjoy sharing my feelings about what I read and how I felt when I read it… but when it came time to review REBEL by Amy Tintera, I was at a total loss for words.

REBEL became victim of several unfortunate reading decisions that ended up with a sadly unfortunate overall impression of the book. I read REBOOT back when it first came out — no, before it first came out because I read it as an eARC — back in the spring of 2013. And yes, if you do that math, you’ll see that means that I didn’t get to REBEL until two and a half years later. Sometimes that gap is okay if I’m reading a big, epic fantasy series that I’m already invested in and may not even have the book available to read until a few years later (*cough*A Song of Ice and Fire*cough*) but I really screwed myself and any hopes I may have had of enjoying REBEL as much as I did REBOOT by waiting so long to read it. That’s just too many years to put in between the first and last books of a duology and by the time I read REBEL, not only had I forgotten a ton but my reading tastes had even changed a bit. I knew that I enjoyed REBOOT so I didn’t want to kick REBEL to the curb but I think I lost that prime reading opportunity about a year and a half ago.

This is one of the many hardships of being an avid reader and/or book blogger. (First world problems, I know.) There are just so many good books and series out there that it’s just so hard to pick what book I want to read next and perfectly good books/series tend to sit on my shelves while I start new ones. Then I put it off because I’m not in the mood for that genre or I have a book I need to read for a deadline or I need to catch up on ARCs and shove my backlist books to the side. This isn’t the first time this has happened to a series and I’m sure that sadly, it won’t be the last.

I tried to get back into REBEL by reading the Recaptains recap of REBOOT and everything sounded familiar all right but that feeling and connection to the characters was close to gone by the time I got to book two. I wanted to enjoy the book as much as I had enjoyed the first and it was really easy to read but that connection just wasn’t there. It could be that I just wasn’t into the book but I think most of it was that I waited too long.

This poor, poor book also didn’t stand a chance because it was the last book I read before I picked up QUEEN OF SHADOWS. I had the choice to read one more book before starting the latest in this epic fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas or I could just wait patiently and you know, wait. But any time that I could be reading and am NOT feels wasted so I grabbed REBEL off the shelf to try and finally finish this series and put another check mark on the never-ending list of series that I need to complete. Bad, bad move. I started REBEL and then didn’t have enough time to read before QUEEN OF SHADOWS arrived and before you knew it, the precious was in my hands and I was still reading a book all the while staring at this new pretty. So, shame on me, I ended up rushing through REBEL to finish so I could start a different book and continue on in one of my favorite series. That made me feel even more detached and I felt the pressure and was anxiously trying to finish so I could start reading QUEEN OF SHADOWS before the spoilers started hitting Goodreads. Poor, poor REBEL.

I tried to come up with some thoughts once I finished and I felt… Ambivalent. The book was okay. The writing was okay. The plot, romance, action, and characters were all okay. And “okay” doesn’t really make for a great review. When it comes down to it, it could have just been a middle-of-the-road book but I also think I did it an injustice by waiting too long to read it and then on the flip side, rushing through it. I know there are cases where a book can be better or worse depending on your mood (*raises hand as a mood reader*) and that a book may be better for you at one time in your life versus another but this is something that I’ll never know! I may have rated it higher had circumstances been different but the fact is that this is how my read went and all I can do is reflect on what I did read and how it made me feel at the time. And there you have the non-review.

Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy Tintera

Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy TinteraTitle: Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera
Publishing Info: May 7, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult, Zombies
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 14, 2013
Related Posts: Rebel (Reboot #2)

    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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

book_recommendations1BOOKS LIKE REBOOT

     Cinder      Divergent