Apr 11, 2013

Reboot by Amy Tintera Review

Reboot by Amy Tintera
(Reboot, #1)
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 352 pages
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 want to be rebooted. I'm just not sure if I want to be a lower number or a higher number. I'm leaning toward a higher number just because they are a bit more kickass. The higher the number means the longer you were dead before you rebooted. The longer you've been dead, the less human emotions you carry over with you. The more likely you are to stay alive but the easier you are for HARC to use you...

This book was so awesome. I absolutely love Wren; everything about her from her lack of emotions, to her amazing fighting skills, to her twisted way of thinking (at times), to just how much she changes from the beginning of this book until the end but doesn't lose herself along the way. Reboot starts off with you following Wren on one of her assignments, arresting humans and returning them to HARC so they can receive their punishment, whatever that is. Right away, you're drawn in to Wren and find yourself being curious to find out more of her backstory. Thankfully, we are not disappointed as we find out a good bit of her life as a human before she was shot, three times in the chest; but we also find out about her earlier years as Reboot. Wren is someone who all the other Reboots respect and every human in Texas fears.

Things change when we're introduced to the newly rebooted recruits, if you will. Wren meets Callum, who is a 22, in the most unusual way . . . by her foot almost stopping on his head. Any reboot is who is 120 or above becomes a trainer and gets to train the newbies. Wren gets first pick and she usually picks the highest numbered reboot but there's something about 22 that intrigues her. Especially when he asks, or rather begs her to choose him to train. She shocks everyone when the time comes and she does choose him. Her reasoning is the lower numbers usually die off and maybe it's not because of their number but because she's not training them but is that really the reason?

I don't even know how to express how much I enjoyed this book without saying too much because there's just so much awesome within the pages. The characters were definitely a highlight because I don't think there was one I didn't like (except the ones you're not supposed to like). Wren, Callum, her best friend and roommate, Ever and even a human, Leb - they're all awesome plus the other minor characters we meet along the way. There's just so much greatness to go around and it does. Plus, the idea of the story - a virus that not only can kill you but possibly make you reboot after you die, it's fascinating. It's called the KDH virus and it's most commonly found in the slums, not in the rich parts of town, or the rico as they call it. Rebooting most commonly happens with children and teenagers; it's deadly if an adult reboots and they are usually hunted down & eliminated.

The journey we take with these characters from within their home at HARC in Rosa to the violent trip to Austin is like we're in the book, on the journey right along side them. You are left on the edge of your seat, wondering if they're going to make it to their destination and if they do end up there, what will they find? Will they make it there as they were when the ran away from HARC? So many questions and you are quickly turning the pages to see if these questions are answered while always hoping for the best.

I read this book in less than 24 hours and if I had it my way, I would've sat down and read it straight through in one setting; sadly, life gets in the way sometimes. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of YA sci-fi, dystopia fans - or if you're just looking for something different from what you normally read, give this book a shot.

*highlight to view spoiler* The ending of this book is just perfect. It's not leaving you on a cliffhanger, per say but it's leaving you knowing there's a big war on the horizon and you are bouncing with excitement for it. I've never looked forward to a battle before but I cannot wait for the second book, it's going to be epic. *end spoiler*


  1. I love the virus aspect, since it has something to do with my study. I really like the fact that all the characters - even the minor ones - are so awesome. I can't wait to meet Wren, so I can find out more about her past :)

  2. OMG you had me DYING to read this. I just can't wait for this book to come out!!!!
    Great review (:

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen

  3. Thank you so much! I hope you really like it. It's definitely one I'll be purchasing when it's released, as well! (Heck, I'll probably re-read it, too!)

  4. Yes, the back story is awesome and spread throughout the whole book so you're constantly wanting to know more - the characters are my favorite part of this book <3


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