by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi, romance
Published May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
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.
Reboot. The sound of the title. The look of the cover. I knew I have to read this book the moment I laid my eyes on it. There's something about it that made me want the book, even without reading the synopsis. I have to find out whether this book would be my next dystopian obsession.
I was impressed when I read the blurb. It sounded kick-assin' and romantic (and almost thought Callum was 22 years old. But that was his Reboot number.) When I started reading this, Wren, the female leading character and narrator of the book, already convinced me that she's a complete Reboot. A dead person who came back to life. Yes, like zombies. But with breath and everything, except they don't have feelings like normal people have. The higher your Reboot number is, the more strong, fast and robotic you are. And Wren happens to be the one who had the highest Reboot number, 178. The ultimate soldier of HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). The one who do all their task and doesn't question or break the rules. I'm not sure whether I'd like her because of how she doesn't care about hurting other people. But with the character building, I'd say that Amy Tintera made Wren effectively. I believed whatever she said. Likewise with how the book is told, since it's her point of view. I believed her until she met Callum.
Callum, being 22, was more human than a
robot Reboot. He's clumsy, fragile, and soft. But he's good at dancing, mind you. Anyway, because the author made him a 22, he appeared exactly as what a lower Reboot-numbered would be. Unfortunately, he wasn't that hero or knight and shining armor girls would dream the male leading character to be because..well, he's clumsy. But at least he had a nice smile (according to Wren). As much as I want him to be kick-assin' as well, he wasn't because of his Reboot number and I think I'd understand that. I just hoped he went better when I reached the middle of the book, but he didn't until the end so it's a minus point for me.
I wasn't convinced with the love story--how Wren started feeling something to Callum--or felt their chemistry. Wren appeared to be rock-hearted here but she went soft after a few days. I would feel it more if her feeling were developed longer. So it'd be like true love--like her dead heart went alive, then I'd also be more convinced of her reason and how strong her feelings for him to do what she did.
The idea of Reboot-ing was new for me. It was one of the main reasons why I became interested in reading this book. I was looking for some fresh dystopian ingredient, and it succeed in making me impressed. Though plot-wise, Reboot was like any other dystopian novels. Being a rebel against the government and running away from them. There are parts that I was convinced and not convinced while reading this book. It also had more romance than I thought it'd have. Despite these flaws, this book would appeal to all dystopian fans who, like me, were looking for some new ingredient. You would also love this if you're up to romantic-dystopian. The action was good but I was searching for more to make my heart pumping hard. But I see a really good potential in this book and I have a feeling the next book would be much better. Try reading Reboot and maybe you'd meet your next favorite dystopian novel.
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