Review of Reboot by Amy Tintera

By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

My Rating:

I read Reboot with Scott Reads It, go check out his blog. You can read his review here.

Summary (via Goodreads):
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.

The Story:
Reboot is an original concept, pulling inspiration from the American zombie narrative but adding such an unique twist I’m not entirely sure zombie would be the right category. I loved the concept of the amount of time one is dead determining how much of their human emotions they possess.

I was impressed with the world creation and depth and found it was easy for me to imagine and visualize. Tintera created a story that moved smoothly that had a lot of action through out. The story did slow down about midway but picked up again to a nice pace near the end to a great conclusion that has me very eager for the next book.

The Characters:
Wren and Callum are a great mix of opposites attracting and having wonderful dialog. Wren was dead for 178 minutes causing her to hold very little of her human attributes. She is a well oiled killing machine until Callum, who was dead for a short 22 minutes, shows up. I almost wished Wren was colder even after meeting Callum and I have to admit I was disappointed at how easily she thawed in his presence. But, this was just a small qualm that did not detract from my overall enjoyment in any way.

Tintera wrote Callum with such a realistic sense of humor and he seemed incredibly real to me. Each character had a very distinct and unique personality. This goes for the secondary characters as well. Attention was given to their interactions with each other and our main characters which helped to create a vivid world.

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Reboot because of the creative concept and great character dynamics. I will certainly read the next in the series and anything Amy Tintera releases.

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  1. says

    Great review! I love Callum as well. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Wren and Callum!
    I agree, as I was reading, I never would have thought of calling this a zombie novel, but towards the end, I was like, “Wait, I guess that’s what they kind of are…” I saw Amy Tintera at the Pitch Dark Days tour and she said she had originally wrote it as a zombie novel and her agent said zombies were out so they altered the story a bit to make it unique! I’m glad they did. I think I liked it a lot more than if I went into it thinking of it as a zombie book!

    • says

      Me too! And I’m jealous you went to Pitch Dark Days! I didn’t know zombies are out, haha. I think the different take added some mystery.

  2. says

    You know what? I never thought of them as zombies, but of course they are! Maybe a tad more humane than most zombies, but they’re still reanimated corpses, so I think that meets the criteria.

    I love the concept of this book because it’s so crazy, but at the same time, it does not seem too far-fetched.

  3. says

    Up until recently I was actually wondering what all the fuss was about, but after reading your review, I’m pretty keen to give it a try. I’m intrigued with the idea of just how opposite the two of them are, and I’d definitely like to see how the dynamics unfold between them. That, plus the fact that I’m quite the fan of dystopian fic. Lovely review Kristen.


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