Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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.
Things that made Reboot awesome:
1. Zombies – Okay, reboots aren’t really zombies. But they are dead people who have come back to life. The longer they’re dead, the less human they supposedly become. Tintera briefly mentioned a theory that reboots are simply evolved humans, and I hope she goes more into that science-y side of the story as the series goes on.
2. Creepy experiments – I have a weakness for books with creepy experiments done on teens. Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning is an example that comes to mind. Can’t wait to find out why HARC is turning the lower number reboots into cannibals.
3. Cannibalism – Okay, only a little, but still. This doesn’t really need an explanation does it?
4. Human/reboot interactions – I thought it was pretty ironic how humans thought reboots were stupid and reboots thought humans were stupid. I also thought the scene where Callum goes to visit his parents was interesting, considering how afraid of him they were despite the fact that he’s such a low number.
5. Feminism – I would definitely call Reboot a feminist book. A lot of emphasis is put on Wren’s small, blond figure and how some of the people she arrested expected her to be weak. Wren not only has physical strength, but is also learning different ways to be emotionally strong. At the start of the novel, Wren is confused by the emotions she suddenly starts feeling again, and then gains more confidence in them as the story goes on. Though Callum is the one who brings out her feelings, I wouldn’t say the romance with him is the focus of the story. Wren shines through the romance and maintains her own identity, a definite mark of a strong female character.
6. Callum – Just Callum. Sometimes I felt like he was being a little stupid and didn’t understand how he didn’t see that what he did/didn’t do was putting him in danger.
Things I didn’t like:
1. It’s not a standalone – Meaning that I have to wait for the rest of the books to come out. #rebootwithdrawal