28 February, 2014

book review

Reboot by Amy Tintera
My Copy: ePub eBook, 226 pages
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library
Genre: Dystopian | Paranormal | Romance | Science Fiction | Young Adult

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 Review

I love it when books start off right in some kind of action.  Reboot started off like that, so right away I was excited to see where it was going to lead.  I had high hopes for this book.  Unfortunately, due to many factors, the book didn’t nearly live up to my expectations.

The whole concept of the Reboots didn’t really make sense.  There are theories in the book that maybe it’s evolution, but that doesn’t make sense either.  If it was an evolutionary way of humans surviving the virus, then it would be just that.  The humans would survive the virus, not have it kill them and then come back to life after.  And why are there such big differences in the amount of time they are dead before turning into a Reboot?  I don’t find it believable that humans would magically just come back to life.  And what causes them to be stronger after dying and then coming back to life?  I think it would be way more believable if it was science that did it, not just some random…something.

Wren’s character was also very unbelievable.  She starts out with no emotion and then all of a sudden she becomes intune with her emotions later?  It didn’t seem realistic.  She’s not supposed to have hardly any emotion at all because of how long she was dead for.  She’s supposed to not have any, or very little, human traits and yet she shows more and more as the story progresses.  What happened to the I’m a badass 178 and don’t care about anything girl?  I just don’t get it and I didn’t find it a believable transition at all.  Especially since she’s been an emotionless Reboot for, what, 5 years?  And now all of a sudden she’s able to feel emotions?  Umm, okay…

I wasn’t a fan of Callum.  I thought he had childish qualities to him.  He didn’t seem like he was seventeen to me.  I keep thinking he was much younger than Wren.  He just seemed like such a child compared to her.  I didn’t get the romance between Callum and Wren either.  I wasn’t into it at all and I didn’t find it believable.

This book wrapped up in a good enough way that I don’t feel like I need to read the next one.  So, I probably won’t.

2.5 stars blue

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