Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 7th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
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.
When I first read the synopsis of this book, it captured my attention immediately. The idea behind this book, the story itself, seemed just so original. Instead of the zombies we’re used to reading about, we get Reboots, humans aged 20 or under that Reboot back to life only minutes after their deaths. The longer the time between death and the actual Reboot, the less humanity is preserved when they awake. This book has been sitting on my shelf since the summer holidays and somehow I only just managed to pick this book up… boy, have I been missing out!
Reboot was such a thrilling read! Fast-paced and exciting, a kick-ass female lead and a very original and -above all- awesome take on the Zombie premise!
Wren (aka the kick-ass female lead) came back as a Reboot after being dead for 178 minutes. Her number is incredibly high and make her the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. The very first pages of Reboot, we’re thrown into and action scene between Wren and one of her targets. From then on we’re shown, having the book told from her point of view, that she is cold and ruthless and tough. These kind of characters are incredibly hard to pull of, but Wren’s somewhat stoic personality is balanced by her dry humour and a great and gripping character depth.
From the beginning to the end of this book I found the character development incredibly impressive! We’re told from the start that Wren has no humanity left, she’s been told she doesn’t have feelings from the start and believes so herself. However, since the very first time meeting Callum she slowly regains shreds of her humanity. Seeing her change in character was one of my favourite aspects of the book and at the end of this book we find a completely different girl than the one we met in those very first pages -though equally kick-ass!-
Callum was such a likable character. His personality, humour, and views and beliefs made him feel so real and easy to like. Callum, with his easy-going attitude and great personality, forces Wren to see that she does have feelings, and even though she isn’t human anymore, she is still more than she herself thought she was and more than a tool used by HARC to keep people in line. He’s a great character and -in my opinion- a legitimate fictional boy to crush on!
The word building was very good! Amy Tintera made it so very easy to visualize. When a scene takes place where humans meet a Reboot, the amount of mistrust becomes almost suffocating. That combined with the poverty and the fear that rules the humans, I think it is safe to say that the relationship between humans and reboots isn’t good at all.
If the characters and the world building were the strongest aspects of this book, then maybe the romance was its weakness. While I didn’t mind it, I can see why others might, Wren and Callum fall in love quite easily and fast. It’s not really Insta-Love, but it comes close. There where times that I felt like the romance overshadowed the plot and dampened the concept of the Reboots a bit. Like I said, I didn’t really mind, but I can understand that others might do.
I think it is safe to say that I am rooting for this book (and can’t wait to read Rebel!). This book was awesome! Fast-paced, action-packed, great characters, awesome word building, and super original. This story was exactly what I hoped it would be and more! I loved it!