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.
What worked for me?
Reboot has a really interesting premise that made me want to know more about the world of humans, reboot, and the so-called ‘rebels’. Because of a virus, people in this world can now live through death. When infected people die, they can rise from the dead and ‘reboot’ their lives. How morbidly fascinating is that?
This book raises several interesting questions about the value of life and it was interesting watching all these conflicting views develop throughout the story. For instance, there was this understanding that the longer a person was dead before rebooting, the less human he will become once he or she has rebooted. And it might be that Wren, having rebooted 128 after death, might be an exception to the rule or it may just be that the initial premise was incorrect or manipulated to be known as the truth. Another instance would be the dilemma that a reboot faces: will it be better for him or her to have remained dead instead of living a half-life as no more than prisoners of HARC.
What did not work for me?
I had a difficult time believing and getting on board the Wren-Callum romance. The sparks were not just there and while they were moments of chemistry, these were few and far in between. I’m thinking maybe this might be because after reading the book, I don’t really know either Wren or Callum that well. I was left a little wanting of their characterizations and while I was excited to see what will happen to them scene after scene, I was not wholly and completely there with them.
My over-all take on it?
Despite my slight misgivings about the character development and the romance, I am still looking forward to reading Book 2, Rebel. I hear that it’s a lot better than the first book so I will see about that. I want to know if Wren’s and Callum’s characters are better fleshed out in the sequel.
About the Author:
Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.
REBOOT and REBEL are published by HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Film rights have been optioned by Fox, and the books have sold in ten countries. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.
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