Saturday, 6 July 2013

Book 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.

“It was true that all Reboots were attractive, in a way. After death, when the virus took hold and the body Rebooted, the skin cleared, the body sharpened, the eyes glowed. It was like pretty with a hint of deranged.
Although my hint was more like a generous serving.” 

 On the surface Reboot is not necessarily anything new, we have seen stuff like this before, but when you look a little deeper Reboot has a lot of individuality and instead of just being another dystopian it manages to do things a little differently and I was actually really impressed with it.

I really liked the idea of this book, I have seen similar things before but nothing quite like this. It was an interesting concept and it was handled really well. I thought the writing was really very good. The action scenes especially stood out they were fast paced and exciting. It was gritty and dark, sometimes violent and upsetting. Tintera doesn’t shy away from the terror of this world and I think the book is better because of it. I thought the world building was brilliant and I completely lost myself in this terrifying yet exciting book.

Another thing that Tintera really has excelled at is characters and the relationships between them. Wren is an amazing character there is nothing I disliked about her and I thought her growth throughout this book was a real highlight. Wren is a tough girl she is stronger and better than everybody else but she is also extremely vulnerable and consumed with self-doubt. She is a loner and very isolated but it is the relationship between her and her trainee Callum and her roommate Ever that forces her to realise that she doesn’t have to accept her life, that she can change things and that she doesn’t have to be alone. When Callum, whom she is falling in love with, is threatened there is no end to the lengths she would go to keep him safe. She was utterly fierce and I loved her.

One of the things I loved most about Reboot was the gender role reversal between Wren and Callum. Wren is the fighter she is the protector and Callum is the weaker one, the one who needs protecting. It was so nice to see a strong female protagonist being the action hero over a male character.

Callum may not have been physically strong but mentally he was incredible. He was so full of morals and strength. I really, really adored him. He taught Wren than there is beauty in life, that morals are important, that you have choices even when you think you have none and that something’s are worth fighting for even dying for.

Reboot is an incredible book full of real heart, loveable characters and amazing action scenes. I thought it was smart, that its messages were bold and that it was told beautifully. I cannot wait to read more from this series and more from this author.

4 stars

Published May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen. Free copy provided by publisher.  Image courtesy of Goodreads.

Review by Kate Phillips


  1. I got Reboot in the mail unexpectedly and I have only read a couple chapters of it so far but I agree that it is very well written. Wren definitely seems like a strong female character that is quite capable of surviving in the violent world she is part of. Your review reminds me of why I was so eager to read this.

  2. I loved the pairing of Wren and Callum-sweet boy wins over tough girl is a trope I adore and I was thoroughly charmed by them.


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