If it was up to Wren, Amy Tintera’s Reboot would literally kick you in the face…and other places.
Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera
Title & Author: Reboot by Amy Tintera
Genre: YA Fantasy – Dystopia
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Series: Reboot #1
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.”
There’s a lot to like about Reboot. Although I really enjoyed this science fiction-y dystopia, it wasn’t my favorite debut for a few reasons I’ll go into later. I really wanted to LOVE this book, but I just didn’t connect with the characters like I have in other books.
First off, the concept behind Reboot is really interesting: there’s a rampant disease that once contracted can “bring you back to life,” provided you don’t actually die from the disease itself.
People who “wake up” after they’ve died are called Reboots and are not actually human anymore. They feel fewer emotions and have lightening fast reflexes. They’re also drafted to be soldiers in a world that is clearly divided by either being poor or being rich.
The storyline of Reboot is what initially hooked me. I liked Wren, a Reboot who’s considered to be the most robot like of all the Reboots because she took 178 minutes to wake up after dying. She’s the strongest character of the novel, and she grows the most throughout the book.
I know we’ve all read about tough heroines, but Wren puts them all to shame. She is used to having her bones broken and being shot at. She can push the pain away as easily as swatting at a fly. This girl is NOT JOKING around.
So, with a powerhouse character and a super interesting world, shouldn’t Reboot be a homerun? For me, not exactly.
For me, the whole story was very predictable. I’m not even talking about when a twist would present itself in the book and me being able to tell what would happen. I’m talking about the entire novel. From the moment that 22 (Callum) was introduced to the story, I could see exactly how things would progress.
With a book full of fighting, brutality and kill missions, I was sometimes bored and uninterested. I wanted to be really into the story but it didn’t happen naturally, I had to force it.
I think many young adult dystopia and science fiction fans will really enjoy this book. I had a few problems with the predictability and lack of tension, but I think Reboot had a great originality to it, and I think Wren is a fantastic and brutal heroine.