June 06, 2017

Double Review: Reboot & Rebel by Amy Tintera!

Title: Reboot & Rebel (Reboot Series)
Author: Amy Tintera
Published: May 7, 2013 & May 13, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins)
Hardcover: 365 pgs & 340 pgs

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Synopsis for Reboot: 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.

Fascinating Concept. Incredible Writing. Authentic Characters.

I went to the library intending to pick up Ruined by Amy Tintera -- which was highly recommended by another GoodChoiceReader -- when I unfortunately learned that it would be checked out for another few weeks. Instead, my trusty librarian suggested I read Reboot and Rebel. I don't feel ashamed to say that I think it was fate.

The basic concept: when you die, you stand a chance of coming back to life -- you will be rebooted, per se. And when you do, you will be stronger, faster, and heal easier. You'll also be able to deal less with those pesky emotions that humans have to deal with all the time. Sounds great, doesn't it?  Except for the fact that the remaining humans no longer trust you. Even your own family will see you as a monster and turn their backs on you.

The longer you take to reboot, the stronger you will be. And our main character, Wren, is the strongest reboot so far -- taking 178 minutes to come back to life. When we meet Wren, she is disconnected from all of her emotions. She is basically a soldier who always takes orders, never falls off course, and is the perfect person to have on hand when you need any "dirty work" taken care of. Until she meets Callum, that is.

Wren is looking for a challenge when she meets Callum (who rebooted after only 22 minutes and is more human than reboot). She decides to become his trainer and is surprised when she realizes how much of an effect he has on her. The chemistry between the two is adorable and well-written. I loved them as a couple from the minute they got together and I loved watching the changes in Wren as she re-learned her human emotions.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the great action sequences in these novels as well. There are plenty of guns, bombs, fighting, deaths, war, and revenge. It's awesome!

Have you read these books yet? What do you think?

5 out of 5 stars.

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