Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Summary: 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.

Initial Thoughts: I really loved this one! It elicited so many emotions from me while reading the whole book. I laughed. I cried. I was nervous and anxious. Practically the whole book I was anxious from not knowing what was going to happen! There was a lot of action and the plot was really good. It definitely made it into my favorites list this year! I really would recommend this to anyone!

The Characters: Wren is a very strong character. Literally and figuratively. She died when she was twelve. When she came back from the dead as a reboot, she was stronger, faster, healed very quickly, and, as in the the summary, she was basically emotionless. Five years later, she is still the same but she is the best reboot out there and the only one to have a number as high as the one she had for the number of minutes dead (178 min.). For the past five years, she basically trains the new reboots and goes on assignments for collecting people and bringing them in because they have broken the law in some way (which for the most part is wrong).

Callum, or twenty-two because that was how long he was dead, is very much human. He is full of emotions and isn't that good of a reboot physically because he can't be as fast and as strong as higher number reboots. And he isn't a good reboot emotionally because he doesn't like to hurt or kill anyone and that is basically what reboots are supposed to do. But he is an amazing character and because he is full of life, he is able to reach inside of Wren and show her that she isn't some mindless robot with no emotions.

HARC is the organization that is in charge of all reboots and they aren't very nice. They don't care if reboots die in the field or what happens to them in general. Although they do know that they need reboots to work for them.

The Story: It starts off with Wren on an assignment five years later she became a reboot. Before the new reboots come you get some background on her life in the past and what she's done and especially how she thinks she isn't capable of having emotions. But then the new reboots do come and Callum seems to pick her out. He asks her tons of questions and doesn't seem to shut up (in a good way) because he is still very human and still full of life and emotions. When it comes time to pick a reboot to train, Wren always gets first picks and always picks the highest number out of the newbies, but this time she picks Callum because he had caused her to think about picking a lower number, pointing out that it could be the trainer not the trainee's number that lowers a reboot's chance at survival in the field. So she picks him and it proves very hard to train him. He's slow and emotional which makes it hard for him to follow orders like punching Wren (even though she says to for training) or kidnapping people or killing someone etc. But through all of this, Callum manages to get inside Wren and prove to her that she is still human and okay to like people.

Now I can't say too much more without spoiling the plot but I will say that there was a lot of action and suspense and well developed romance between Wren and Callum which I completely enjoyed! Callum is sweet and adoring and Wren cares for him so much that you can't help but love them!

End Thoughts: I loved this book and had so much fun reading it! I can't wait to see where everything goes with the next book considering how this one ended! Again, it was a great read and I would recommend to anyone! 5 stars!!

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