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Review: Reboot (Amy Tintera)

The Deets:

Audience: YA
Pages: 365
Series: yes
Publisher: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062217073
Genre: dystopian
Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review



Reboot (Reboot, #1)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 is a new take on dystopians. The concept behind the book is unique and refreshing-- in an undead sort of way.

I really liked the characters. Wren and Callum were a very interesting combination. You can't help but like Callum. His innocence and good nature was a start contrast to Wren's hard exterior. As far as that saying "opposites attract" you can't deny it with these two-- they are as close to polar opposites as you can get.

The action is pretty quick and will keep you turning the pages. However, the plot itself is a bit long winded. At 365 pages, I would say a good 50 of those could have been edited out to make this a shorter read. I made it to the final 30 pages before I decided I just couldn't devote any more time to the book.

I hate saying I did not finish a book, but as a person that can devour books in a day, if something takes me more than a week to read it becomes a flag. Reboot took me several weeks before I put it aside. By the time I reached the end of the novel I felt like I knew what would happen. The most critical aspects of the plot had occurred and I needed it to wrap up. Instead of getting closure though, it felt like a whole new plot was beginning. I just didn't feel like I wanted to invest in the time it would take to wade through those dense moments of Wren's inner conflict to get to the goods.

If I had been in a better mindset, or reading this in a car with no other books, I would have finished it. But when there are so many books waiting to be read, it's hard to stick with one that isn't holding your attention. Will I read the next book in the series? Most likely.

Comments

  1. I really loved the romance in this book-sweet Callum breaking down Wren's walls completely won me over at a time when I'm often tired of YA romances. I'm really excited for the sequel!

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