Friday, March 1, 2013
Reboot by Amy Tintera
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
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Highlights: Fast paced, fast paced, then fast paced some more. A kick ass heroine. Plus sweet relationships that make her more because now we’ve got a soldier that’s done taking orders. This is one of my favorites this year.
I liked Reboot for the same reasons I liked Legend and Divergent. It’s fast paced and action packed. Bottom line? Fun but scary too. Is it a dystopian? When elements of the same are present in this one, then I suppose so. A killer virus that’s altered the world. A strictly run government with a policing arm that’s a bit too strict about the rules that's all knowing, ever present with eyes everywhere. Plus rebels not as equipped as the one they’re rebelling against. Yes. There seems to be nothing new here, but you see.. I had fun. Yes, that’s even with a romance on the side too. So that make this another love fueled action adventure? Ergh, not completely… not just? Maybe? Yes? Well, OK it is and it isn’t:
178 is perfect soldier, at first she reads emotionless and a stickler for the rules: follow orders, don’t get killed. Things change with 22 in the picture. They are the same but not exactly, both reboots, rising as they have has removed some of their humanity. Her’s is practically gone, him? his more human. It’s a difference that draws her to him and we wee this sweet little development taking place all while she’s pummeling him, molding him into someone more like her. Then there’s 178 and her Ever. I like this side of her too because it showed even more than her being perfect soldier, feared by all.
So yes, the romance may be the thing that gets things started, but the action adventure was fun. It was fun and fast paced, vividly bloody at points. So, I enjoyed REBOOT for the same reasons I like each “Yippie Ki-Yay” out of John McClane’s mouth.
Thank you, Edelweiss!
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