Reboot by Amy Tintera

BLURB STYLE SYNOPSIS- NO SPOILERS

“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” – Goodreads


SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Personally I am not a fan of zombie-ish books (okay so they are not really zombies but you know what I mean!) but I really enjoyed this book! I was drawn into it within the first few pages and I found the plot really original (in my opinion, I haven’t really read many books in this style) It was very different from other books of it’s kind where the world has practically ended and it’s up to the kids to survive or whatever (like the darkest minds or Shatter Me,  I don’t mean to generalize these books but I got to a point where I was reading so many of them that the plot just seemed the same and it was driving me crazy!)  I thought the characters really developed as the story progressed which was really great and there were also several awesome secondary characters who i loved.
I thought the world was built up really well, learning about the significance of the different numbers etc.I would give this book 80% just because of one setback which I will talk about in the spoiler section! I would highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the sequel “Rebel” on May 6th ( I didn’t think that day could get any better, what with City of Heavenly Fire and all!)

SPOILER TIME
If you haven’t already, I’m giving you some space to look away
are you ready?
you sure?
okay then

So I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down! My mum confiscated it from me because I refused to tidy my room and I almost died!  The one setback which I had about this book was that the ending just seemed to easy. It just all happened so fast. So we’re with the rebels,
we’re breaking in tonight,
get inside without a problem,
two-minute setback with random doctor
we’re all out
Callum is healed
Let’s go
Everybody is safe

It just seemed a bit too easy, you know? I was expecting it to all go fine and then end on a uge cliffhanger or something, oh wait, no this wasn’t a Rick Riordan book, never mind, the ending was great! As much as I hate cliffhangers, I really love them, it’s what draws me in to get the next book. I still will absolutely buy Rebel as soon as it comes out go because what the ending lacked, the rest of the story made up for in leaps and bounds.

I really liked the thought which was put into the “no screaming” thing. It’s the only rule she has and at first you think it’s just a survival technique but the moment that you learn about her death where she screams and her mother says “Are you trying to get us killed?” its just such a sad moment.

My favourite character and scene in the book by far is where Callum goes and talks to his neighbor Eduardo! I just love it, I think it’s hilarious and touching at the same time. the whole world is against the Reboots except, it seems the children and when he  talks about whether he should risk becoming a reboot was a great moment, particularly for Callum who seems to resent his new life up until now.

I really liked Ever as a character and I was really upset when she died because she was Wren’s only friend. She seemed really vulnerable while she was alive and unpossessed she seemed a bit like Prim Everdeen or something. For some reason I found the fact that the cafeteria is organised into nubers really funny. It was like a post-apocalyptic mean girls or something with everybody staring at Callum for sitting at Wren’s table.

I also really enjoyed the scene where Wren and Callum were dancing in the training room because it was light a little light of happiness in the darkness where they could let off a little steam in a non-violent way an it was really sweet.

MY OPINION AT A GLANCE
Fave Character: Eduardo! Even though he’s there for two seconds it was just so cute
Fave Scene: Scene with Eduardo!
Least Fave Character: either Lissa or that A-hole Doctor from the end!
Fave Quote: Eduardo: “One seventy eight! For the love of Texas!” I was the best part of the whole book, I can’t even!
Rating:80%

FUNNY QUOTES

“Want to dance? We have music this time. And I don’t have to punch you when we finish.”  – Callum

“It was true that all Reboots were attractive, in a way. After death, when the virus took hold and the body Rebooted, the skin cleared, the body sharpened, the eyes glowed. It was like pretty with a hint of deranged.
Although my hint was more like a generous serving.” – Wren


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