November 26, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera


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.

add to goodreadsReboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera 
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  HarperTeen

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Gabby NewReboot by author Amy Tintera sounded like a refreshing sci-fi novel that would keep me interested throughout. From the opening sentence I just knew that Reboot would be my kind of novel. It had every element that a novel should have and I loved it for that; sci-fi, dystopia, romance, a kick ass female main character—amaze! Reboot is one of those novels that deserves everything and most importantly a movie adaptation.

In Reboot a disease has swept through Texas, killing children and causing them to come back after they die—a reboot. When kids come back as Reboots the longer they’re dead the less humanity they return with. Main character Wren Connolly died five years ago and rebooted 178 minutes later. Now known simply as Wren 178, she is one of the most dangerous Reboots that HARC has. Then a new recruit comes into Wren’s life. Callum 22. Callum is irritating. He’s too slow, his reflexes suck and he’s far too human for Wren’s liking.

 For reasons she doesn’t understand she finds herself agreeing to train him to be as good a Reboot as ever.  However there’s something wrong with the Reboots under sixty minutes. Wren first notices this when her roommate attacks her and begins to act crazed. Suddenly, Wren finds herself with an order: kill Callum or get him to be the Reboot HARC needs him to be. She can’t bring herself to kill him and there’s something about Callum that changes Wren and as she soon discovers with him there’s more to the Reboots than they both know.

Something about Reboot just compelled me to keep reading. Everything about it just worked. The writing, the world, the characters it all just fit together like pieces of a puzzle and because of this I always had to keep reading. I’d finish a chapter and feel the need to keep reading, to figure everything out with Wren. Reboot is one of those reads where you could probably finish it in just one sitting, the plot is just so exciting. Even when the novel isn’t on a high point there’s something there that makes it still very intriguing. (And it could be because we’re dealing with semi-zombie assassins).

What really stuck out for me with Reboot was the writing. Personally, I thought that the writing was fantastic. Because Reboot is told in the first person we get to see exactly how Wren thinks and at the beginning of the novel her character thinks the way somebody who has lost their humanity would think. She’s very wooden. Doesn’t have a lot of emotion and that’s how it’s supposed to be. As the novel progresses, Wren starts to become more and more human. She starts to have doubts, real human emotions and (*excited squee*) she falls in love. There’s a lot of character growth and the way that Tintera wrote Reboot brings it to life.

I think a lot of readers are going to like the relationship between Callum and Wren. The chemistry between them both is instantaneous and they both come from opposites of the Reboot world and still somehow come together. I personally adored them together and would be shouting at the book whenever they would do something cute like Wren breaking his arm having little conversations that consisted of Callum’s teasing or a stolen kiss.

By the time Reboot came to a close (and was left totally set-up for a sequel) I was left satisfied and am now eager to get reading its sequel. I would recommend Reboot to readers who are looking for a sci-fi/dystopia novel with a unique twist, readers who are fans of action and to anybody who wants a novel that is badass and fun.



Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.

My debut, REBOOT, is out now from HarperCollins/HarperTeen, with the sequel to follow in 2014. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

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  1. Whitley

    Normally I hate the “emotionless character” excuse for bland writing, but watching a character actually grow OUT of that state sounds pretty fascinating.

  2. I think this sci-fi book is for me. I’ve been seeing this in our bookstore but have been ignoring it. Fab review!

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