Reboot by: Amy Tintera
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Action
Page Count: 365
Series: #1 in Reboot
Author Website: Amy Tintera
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Quote from book:
“The water ran red as it dripped from my fingers and I pressed my lips together and turned away. I’d never been squeamish at the sight of blood, but this was different. I saw his face in the red.” Page 87
Reboot was action and thrill packed. It was raw and smartly written. I was always on the edge of my seat and the stakes were crazy. Wren and Callum made the perfect pair. They saved each other several times and in lots of different ways.
The US has been ravaged by a highly contagious and extremely fatal virus, leaving only the state of Texas remaining and a corrupt government organization in charge of everything. Reboot was kind of typical dystopian at first, but after getting into it, there was a harshness and rawness to it that I kind of liked. Most dystopian take place quite a few years after whatever apocalyptic event happened, but this was was almost post-apocalyptic.
Reboots are post-humans that died with the virus and came back a certain number of minutes later. Wren, having been dead the longest, is also the most unfeeling. When she chooses Callum, who has a low number of minutes, she slowly begins to change. She begins to remember the emotions of humanity as she sees them in him. One thing that I loved about Wren being a Reboot and not human was that she was quite straightforward. She didn’t hold anything back due to her emotions.
The action is incredible in Reboot. There is lots of guns and chasing and hiding, and planning attacks if you like that sort of thing. I loved the suspense buildup that occurred many times in Reboot.
There begins to be a rebellious spirit among both Reboots and humans in Reboot. I am very curious to see how this goes down in the next book.