Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Reboot

Reboot by Amy Tintera
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 365
Keywords: dystopia, military, rebellion
Format Read: library book
Get It: Book Depository
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.
I grabbed this at the library back during finals week (hallelujah, still can't believe I'm done with school!), and then I saw that EpicReads was doing a re-read-along with this book, so I jumped right in, and it was a lot of fun meeting new people reading the same book that I was. Of course, it was my first time through, so I was coming at this totally new. And man, was I hooked.

One of the biggest things that struck me was the difference between the Reboots' numbers. The lower numbers were dead for less time than the higher numbers, so they were considered more human. And the book easily could have been from the point of view of a more human reboot. But it was from the highest number, the one that was supposed to be far from human. And I loved that.

I didn't get why now, all the sudden, Wren was okay making some of the decisions she did. It never made much sense to me, but actually, I was kind of okay with it. It didn't bother me too much because the story was so good anyway that I could easily move past it.

The best thing was by far the world-building. Everything was planned out, I had no questions about how the society or government worked (I mean, everything was dreary and sad, but it was well-explained), and the character development was spot-on. I knew everyone's personalities well, and I felt like these characters were real and human (even though they are considered not to be). There were multiple issues within the plot going on at once, but it never felt overbearing or like too much. In fact, everything blended together and moved the book along so well that I finished it in about two days.

Read When: This is one of those that you should go get now. It was really good. Like, I am about to go order the second one from Barnes and Noble because I want it so much. Cliffhangers are great, but I HATE THEM.

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