Reading Level: 8 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013)
Series: Reboot #1
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.
Reboot is such a unique concept and it was executed well. Reboot is about a group of teens that come back to life after so many minutes (depends on the person). Once they are rebooted they get taken to a facility and used as assassins and military type force. The more minutes you were down before you rebooted, the less human you are. Wren (#178) is a well oiled killing machine. When she gets paired up to train Callum (#22) she doesn't realize how much this almost human boy will change her and her future.
I loved the uniqueness of this story. These people aren't zombies when they come back, they are killing machines that are used and controlled. Only teens are rebooted and only if you've contacted a certain virus while alive. The humans are taught to fear and hate the Reboots.
You would think that a Reboot that is a killing machine and without much humanity would not be a great character to read about. I absolutely loved Wren. She was a total stone cold killer, yet Callum managed to start bringing out emotions in her. Most times Wren just didn't know how to deal with them. Even growing up she didn't have a very loving childhood. These emotions were so new to her and it was so fun seeing her comes to terms with them.
Ever was a Reboot and she was Wren's roommate and only friend. You could tell that Ever always saw that Wren had that humanity inside of her, even when noone else did. When everyone else feared her, Ever was always there, trying to be her friend. Callum sees this in her as well, and their relationship is very slow moving and innocent. It was great fun to see their relationship blossom.
Addie, a reboot that comes in later in the story, was instantly likable and I hope we get to see more of her and Leb in the next book. There are a lot of ways this story could go, and I can't wait to see where Amy Tintera will take it.
I like how Reboot ended at a point that didn't leave me screaming and pulling my hair out in frustration, but it did leave me excited for the next installment in the series. While I love a good devastating cliffhanger occasionally, my heart can't take it all the time (I'm looking at you Lauren Oliver).
The pace of Reboot was really fast and made this such a quick read. It picked up even more in the last 100 pages or so and I devoured it in no time. As a debut, Reboot really does stand out as a great dystopian in a see of average material. I definitely recommend Reboot to any fan of dystopian, action, or fantasy!