Author: Amy Tintera.
Published: May 7th 2013.
Sort: Part one of ‘Reboot’
Source: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
It has been a great year when it comes to Dystopian books, so far. I’ve had some disappointing books (Mila 2.0 and Fragments) but Reboot can claim a spot among What’s left of me, Partials and Legend.
First of all, virus! I feel like I repeat myself, but I love Dystopian books with biological backgrounds. This virus is the reason people return to a ‘better’ version, but Reboots are feared and used as slaves by humans. They are used to maintain order by capturing criminals and sick people. The world-building was good. There was enough information to understand it, but I could use even more details to have a complete picture.
Wren is one of the best Reboots, but Callum is the opposite. With 22 minutes, he is almost completely human and he doesn’t like to take orders. Wren’s trust in HARC is starting to crumble because of his endless questions. Callum is great. I liked how confident he is without being arrogant. He is a bit impulsive and disobedient; that’s why Wren is ordered to eliminate him. I admire his strength for standing up for his believes. I’m happy that Wren decides to escape with him. It was fun to see her change because of Callum. Her change might have been a bit fast, but it worked for me. This book is quite fast-paced, so it never felt too forced. I liked Wren and her two-sided personality. She can snap someone’s neck in a second, but she’s also blushing when Callum flirts with her. The soft-side makes her complete and much easier to connect with her.
There is a lot of action in this book – it’s not overwhelmed by a romantic plot. This is how you write a good Dystopian story. I’m looking forward to the next book, since it ends quite abrupt, but satisfying.