Review of Rebel by Amy Tintera

Rebel (Reboot, #2)Rebel (Reboot #2)
By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Electronic ARC

An electronic copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second of a duology. You can read my review for Reboot, here.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn’t what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren’s instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he’s underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

The Story:
I’ve got to admit, Rebel and I did not start out on the right foot. It took me a little while (almost halfway through the book) before I could really get back into the plot and feel for Wren and Callum again. I think this would have been avoided if I had reread Reboot. By my four star rating (though if I gave out 3.75 stars that would be more accurate), you can see that I ended up really enjoying this book overall, especially the ending.

I struggled with the beginning of Rebel because I felt that some of the storyline felt a bit predictable and done before. Thankfully, once I hit the midway point things fell together for me and I was captivated. All the other books I was reading were pushed aside and I stayed up later than I should have reading this one. The story was action packed and that last half was over in a blink. Tintera knows how to write a great action sequence and Rebel was full of them.

Not only were there some incredible, intense fighting scenes there were quiet moments that were full of heart as well as some witty dialog. I enjoyed that this book was told from Callum and Wren’s point of view though in the beginning I had some trouble distinguishing between the two voices. As I continued to read this issue was resolved and I enjoyed seeing things from both POVs.

The Characters:
Callum and Wren are again very likeable and easy to root for. Even though I had trouble reconnecting to their stories it got easier as I read and by the end I was enamored once again. I felt like Tintera created a couple with great chemistry and that build each other up and enhance one another. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.

Individually, I felt that each developed and came into their own. Wren was still battle weary and honest but other things started to be drawn out of her. I liked watching her realize her own feelings and own them. Callum was more serious in this book but he still kept those likeable qualities that made him the perfect match for Wren.

The flattest character for me was that of Micah, leader of the Reboot Revolution. Though I could see that there was an attempt in giving him a bit of depth I never felt it. The story concerning him was the weakest aspect and a bit anti-climatic.

Final Thoughts:
I love that this series is a duology and felt like Tintera did a great job wrapping the story up even though I felt the first half dragged slightly. Wren and Callum continued to be strong characters and reading from each of their point of views was enjoyable.

Comments

  1. says

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. I’m getting a review copy but maybe I should reread Reboot?? I loved the first, but, argh, just getting enough time for rereads feels a bit impossible atm. I’m a bit worried I won’t connect like I did for the first one, buuuut, we’ll see, right?! x) This has made me even more excited for it, yay!

    • says

      I know what you mean! I want to reread so many books but I just can’t seem to find the time. Hard to reread something when a pile of review books are staring at you. I hope you enjoy this follow up 🙂

  2. says

    I’m really glad to hear that even if it took you a lil while to get into the book you managed to enjoy it enough to give it 4 stars in the end! I love the idea of Wren & Callum having their own POV chapters, that always help making the story more complete! I’ll remember to have patience if the beginning of the book doesn’t capture me completely!
    Thanks for the great review as always, Kristen!

    • says

      I think that if I had reread Reboot the beginning wouldn’t have gone as slow for me. It had been such a long time since I read the first it was hard to get back into the world and characters. I can’t wait to see what you think about it Pili

  3. says

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm sorry you didn't fully love this; that you had some issues with it. But I'm glad you liked the end and that you ended up mostly enjoying this book 😀 I really loved Rebel. <3 Isn't just Wren and Callum so amazing? Sigh. I loved reading about them so much 🙂

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