Author: Amy Tintera.
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by HarperTeen
Sort: Reboot #2.
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher.
After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake… he's underestimated Wren and Callum.
After freeing Callum, Wren and a group of Reboots escaped to the north where they arrived at the Reboot Reservation. The feeling of being save quickly disappears when the plans of Micah, the leader, becomes clear. Wren might be the strongest Reboot, but that doesn’t stop Micah from kidnapping her with Addie. When Callum finds out that Wren is dumped into enemy territory, he will do everything to rescue the love of his life.
It was interesting to see the story with a dual POV between Wren and Callum. Wren was brainwashed by HARC and she is starting to realize that she isn’t a bad person, just because she is good in killing people. I really like how she developed in this story. Going from an emotionless killing machine, to a much warmer girl. It doesn’t mean that she lost her strength. She is still brave, strong and she doesn’t shy away from violence when needed. The way Callum looks at Wren was adorable. The two are meant for each other and their stolen moments brought a smile on my face. This is how romance should be incorporated in a Dystopian tale. Not overwhelming and it adds something to the story.
Micah, whose actions scream bad guy, has his own story to tell. In a way, I could understand his actions and why is so fiercely against humans. I don’t agree with him, but I don’t think it was strange he feels that way. It made me look different at Reboots and Humans, which raised an interesting question: would it really be that bad if every potential Reboot-Human become a Reboot? Like Micah says, they are better designed Humans.
The ending is perfect. All the answers and storylines are told, but there is still some space left for your own imagination. I wish every Dystopian author could write a satisfying conclusion like this. I look forward to see more of Amy Tintera’s work.