Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Series: Reboot Duology (bk. 1)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: soldiers, zombies, death, love, action, adventure, survival

Setting: Texas

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense: Wren

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 365 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover and soon in Paperback

List Price: $17.99/$9.99

Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  I loved Reboot more than I thought I would. It sounded so interesting and I’ve waited way too long to read it. Now I finally make time to read it and it’s the best take on zombies I’ve ever read. It started out with tons of action, and it continued through out the book.

There’s this disease that causes people to come back to life if the die. The longer they’re dead, the stronger, tougher and less emotional they are. Adults who Reboot just turn into mindless zombies that attack and want to eat people. Children (or those under 20) who Reboot adapt and don’t change as much. They still are themselves, but HARC is trying to make them into super soldiers.

I loved the characters. Wren is very tough. I can see why they compared this book to Maximum Ride. She’s like Max, but minus the wing and with less of a smart-mouth. Not that wren doesn’t have a sense of humor. Callum is the one who bring out the humanity left in here. Callum is pretty much my new book boyfriend. So what he if he died and came back to life 22 minutes later? He’s cute, funny and always an optimist. He very different from Wren and balances her out. They’re perfect together. He’s hilarious sometimes. He’s always smirking at Wren and takes her training pretty well. He’s not the most obedient Reboot, but he becomes loyal to Wren. I really loved their romance. Kissing does happen eventually, but it’s mostly Callum flirting and Wren trying to not flirt back. Its not instant love, but it develops in a believable way. Also, not love triangle. Why would anyone want someone beside Callum, anyway?

Other characters include Ever. She’s Wren’s roommate. She’s an under-60 and is more emotional. She has something very bad happen to her. Leb is an adult human that goes on missions with Wren. He’s very helpful.  There are some rebels and other reboots we meet.

The plot was perfect, as far as I’m concerned. Since this is only a duology, not a trilogy, Rebel will be the final book. I feels like this story could be bigger, but what happened was perfect for a first book. I image that Rebel will be about taking down HARC completely. Reboot was a great set up. I can’t wait to read Rebel. I recommend Reboot to fans of Maximum Ride, Divergent, Shatter Me, and Glitch (Heather Anastasui),

Cover Art Review: I love the minimalistic style used. The lines and number against the black is simple and makes you wonder what the book is about inside.

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