Sunday, June 15, 2014
Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera
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
At first glance Reboot is your typical popular dystopian story about what used to be America but was ravaged by disease, the government took over and had to rebuild itself. However, what you will find when you read this book is nothing like what you expected. We meet Wren Connolly, a 17 year old girl in the Republic of Texas, AKA 178. That number is how many minutes Wren was dead before her body was reanimated and she became what the title refers to, a reboot. A virus has spread through the country that brings people back to life stronger and less human than before, and at one point caused a huge war that threatened to end humanity. Now these reboots are trained and controlled by the government agency HARC as a young police force. Everything seems legit enough, until Wren meets Callum, a boy that will change her life forever.
I know what you are thinking, that's a lot to process. In fact, I agree with you but that's why I enjoyed this book so much. There was a lot to set up: a past country, a virus that pretty much makes zombies and of course our main characters previous life and the one that she lives in the course of the book. However, this author has done an amazing job of building of a world, developing characters and creating problems they have to overcome without losing anything within the story. I loved the back story to the world these characters lived in and wanted to know more about the world during the reboot rebellion and how we came to the present issues. If I love a book and still I'm looking for more information, that's a winner to me.
The other part that was especially awesome to me was the growth of Wren throughout the book. It was a 365 page hard cover, and I felt like I went through about 1,000 pages with her. She went from cold and robot like to cracking that shell and seeing who she really was as a human not as a reboot. Through that growth we watched friendships tested and romance bloom, along with a change occur both on the inside of a character and on the outside in the world around her. That is A LOT to fit into a book and still not get muddled with vague story lines or cookie-cutter plot. This was a unique futuristic look into a world that isn't unlike our own and how a love can break any steady surface making it something special- My Opinion- **** 4 Stars!