Published by Harper Collins on May 7, 2013
Genres: science fiction
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In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.
Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.
Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.
So when I read the summary for Reboot by Amy Tintera, I thought, “sentient zombies? I can totally handle that.”
And I was half right. It wasn’t scary at all, but I don’t think my initial assessment was all that accurate. Reboots aren’t zombie-like in the least. Well. At least, not normally.
When the KDH virus swept through the population, people began dropping like flies. Except… they didn’t stay dead. Their bodies rebooted (heh, get it?) after death, coming back stronger, faster, healthier–a more perfect version of their previous selves. And, naturally, the government used this to their advantage, rounding up all the Reboots and training them to be super soldiers, keeping the peace and the boundary lines, to keep the virus from infecting the larger population.
Wren is the strongest Reboot in her facility, having been dead a whopping 178 minutes before rebooting. Though she’s the smallest, she’s faster, stronger, and more ruthless than any of the others. And colder, too. Being dead so long means she feels less. Or so she thinks, until she is given a new recruit to train–Callum, a lowly 22, who has no skill and even less taste for the violence that is now his job, and the only reason he’s allowed to live.
When Callum’s life is threatened, Wren must choose between the safety of the only life she can remember, and the possibility of a better life beyond the walls of the HARC facility.
(Taking a page from Wendy’s review style book…)
What I liked:
It was a fun, fast-paced read. I liked that the smallest girl was the strongest, and the most respected–if feared. I liked that Wren was decisive and assertive, but still soft and vulnerable enough to feel human and relatable. The new twist on the post-apocalyptic genre was great, and the foreshadowing of greater zombie-esque things to come definitely has me intrigued.
Also, that cover is fricking fantastic.
Things I Wished Were Better:
I wished for more set up, and less romance in this one. (This is very out of character for me, heh.) While I liked Callum, his quippy personality quickly became over the top and out of place, and his constant fumbling was very annoying. In some scenes, it felt as though his only purpose was to show how strong and capable Wren was in comparison.
I never entirely understood his and Wren’s attraction to one another. It came out of nowhere, and they seemed to act on it in the oddest of moments. Perhaps immediately following a firefight, and while still recovering from third degree burns isn’t the best time for a make out, eh kids? Ah, hormones…
All in all, a good start to what I hope is a very interesting series.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher. This review also appears on GoodReads.
Get a second opinion: Wendy’s review