Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rebel by Amy Tintera

Series: Reboot Duology (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance

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

Setting: Texas

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, past tense rotating between Wren and Callum

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 340 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover and now in Paperback

List Price: $17.99/$9.99

Publisher: HarperTeen
Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  Rebel is the sequel-finale to Reboot. It’s full of awesome and told from not just Wren’s perspective, but Callum’s too. I should of not waited a year to read this, and am so happy to have read it now, but sad because there is no 3rd book. Wren, Callum, Addie and the Reboots from the Austin HARC facility arrive at the Reboot Reservation. It’s ran by a Reboot named Micah. Micah seems like a great guy at first, but it turns out he hates humans and want revenge.

Callum wants to protect the humans in the cities and rescue the Reboot. Wren agrees with him, but she feel like she doesn’t care about the humans and she’d rather just take Callum and run off to some other state. The Reboots at the reservation are amazed with Wren because her 178 is the highest number they’ve ever seen (higher number of minutes dead before rebooting. This means she’s stronger and faster at healing.)

I loved Callum’s POV. Why couldn’t the first book have his perspective too? He’s such a great guy. There’s a bit of a gender role reversal thing going on in this book. Usually female are more emotional and sensitive (supposedly) but Wren’s the tough one who shows no emotion (except when Callum makes her feel something) and Callum’s the charming one who’s full of humor and emotion. Callum is Mr. Optimistic and makes the best of every situation and finds solutions. Wren’s scarred–literally–and was sort of brainwashed by HARC, but falling in love with Callum is changing her perspective of a lot of things. I just love the romance of this book. This has got to be one of my favorite YA couples. Alson, another character I enjoyed was Addie. She’s so hilarious. She’s funnier than Callum even. There’s so much banter between Wren, Callum and Addie. I love it. Then we meet Wren’s old trainer, Riley. He’s a pretty cool guy and knows about Wren’s past with HARC.

This finale brings everything to a memorable close. There’s action and romance and sci-fi stuff. It’s such a great book and I wish there was a third book though it’s unnecessary. I’d call it Return and it would have a black cover with a green barcode over the title and maybe horizontal lines this time. I hope there’s a novella from Addie’s POV someday soon. I recommend this series to everyone who read dystopian book. In case you didn’t know, this is sort of a zombie book, but more like iZombie meets the 5th Wave. With a romance as great as Fortris (Divergent). Wrenallum? Calwren? Anyways, it’s a great series!

Cover Art Review: The clock like cover is interesting and cool. Minimal, simple.

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