Hi there everyone!
I am posting my review for Reboot by Amy Tintera today! Super fun book. Read my review below 🙂
~ Synopsis ~
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
~ My Thoughts ~
I actually really liked this book. I was initially very interested by the idea of the “reboots” being named by number and that the higher the number means the more robotic and deadly they are.
This idea was very cool to me. Due to a disease in this dystopian world, the dead are able to come back into something much much stronger than the regular humans. What exactly are they though? Zombies? Robots? Superhumans? The only thing I was sure of was that these “reboots” were different. They were not liked by the rest of society and were persecuted for being reboots. I knew right there that this would be like similar stories; they were going to somehow take over the humans that are running them.
The HARC reminded me of the Divergent factions in a lot of ways. They were trained to fight and kill. They were given numbers which was to describe how long they were dead before coming back. These numbers are how they were identified. The numbers were their names at that point. They were essentially living in an underground world. They worked as killing machines for the humans that ran them. They were expected to act as obedient soldiers or else they would be eliminated. Pretty crazy stuff!!
I loved Wrens character. I actually liked her more than I thought I was going to. I don’t usually like the cold, emotionless, hard characters. I, myself am so emotional and find it difficult to connect with characters like that. I tend to get bored and annoyed when they are just so robotic and heartless. However, Wren surprised me.
As the story progresses she has to train a new reboot. His name is Callum and he was basically a regular human because he was not dead for long before he woke up. He had feelings, he had his own thoughts, and he didn’t like to kill (he was actually a horrible fighter). Wren has to train him and make him a better reboot or she is going to have to eliminate him. At first, Wren has no problem with this because she doesn’t have any feelings and it’s just a job. After all, she is the toughest reboot who has killed many people. Killing Callum wouldn’t be a big deal! But, as the story goes on and she gets to know Callum more and more, she starts to have a difficult time with the thought of killing him.
Wren starts to change as she begins to develop feelings for Callum. As much as I love romance and honestly always want a happy ending and the couple to be together, it didn’t feel totally right. Wren wasn’t supposed to just gain feelings. It felt like it happened too quickly. Again, I’m not totally complaining because I love a romance and if the heart knows, it knows. However, it just felt like it should have been over a longer time frame or something.
I enjoyed the action of the book. There was a lot of fighting, killing, running, and plotting. Again, it gave me some similar feelings to other books like The Maze Runner series when the reboots were plotting to escape the HARC. I honestly really enjoy books like this. They allow me to just completely immerse myself and be somewhere else. Somewhere I don’t have to think too much or concentrate a lot. Just escape into another world.
I found over all it was easy to follow and easy to read. I read this book quickly. I also read the sequel to this book and enjoyed it. However, I must say I enjoyed the first one more! I would recommend this book if you enjoy books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner… etc.
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