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.
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.
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.
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.
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.