Reboot

Reboot

Book rating: 04 Hardback Reboot

By (author) Amy Tintera

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  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 38mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 7 May 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0062217070
  • ISBN 13: 9780062217073
  • Sales rank: 36,792

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In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum's big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.Wren's captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera's high-stakes alternate reality.

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By MissPageTurner 28 Nov 2013 4

REBOOT is a 2013 debut with a very intriguing concept functioning as potent YA readers' bait.
The entire Reboot idea proved to be pretty interesting, human teenagers dying and rebooting after their death to become stronger and more resilient versions of their former selves.
Amy Tintera described them to look like humans just with transformed shiny eyes and stronger body features. But they weren't always a tangible concept for me. Sometimes the Reboots gave off an almost cyborg-like vibe, their characters seeming to shift between human, machine and zombie attributes.

High appeal had the fact that, after rebooting, Wren has almost zero emotions left and she would be confronted with feelings that should be non-existent by now. Callum, her announced love interest remains almost human after his death. I was very excited for their love story, as I imagined it to be very fierce and troublesome, with bickering and an emotional chaos for Wren. The imbalance between them was what promised to make their love story something to look forward to.
In the end the relationship between 178 and 22 came along too manageable and without any major doubts on Wren's part. As she is always described as a calculating heartless being she should at least spend some time struggling, and I just didn't see that.
Wren's character was strong otherwise and everyone respected her. It was Callum's character who could have used to appear edgier.

Some time around the middle of the book, something happened that resulted in my discontentment. And after that I felt my attention being gradually diverted. I hoped for Wren's and Callum's training phase to be more intense and more emphasis put on Wren's life in the HARC complex. The strong enthusiasm I held for Amy Tintera's Reboots in the first few chapters of the book, couldn't make it to the end.

The story's overall feel was inherently consistent and attractive with its dystopian and sci-fi elements. There are Reboots, rebels and the ominous HARC organisation. Everything the Reboots do, is controlled and observed by guards and scientists.
REBOOT is set in Texas, but not the Texas we know today. Cities were destroyed in uproars, most of the population killed. Pretty scary!

Sadly the explanation - stories with these kind of fatal developments in general - behind the Reboot procedure just didn't seem to work for me. Even though their stories are based on different basic set-ups, to some extent REBOOT reminded me of the reading impression I got from WITHER by Lauren DeStefano and EVE by Anna Carey.


3,5/5 ***/* REBOOT - Extremely inventive Reboot concept with a weaker story line towards the end.

Epic Reads tea time. That's where I first heard about Amy Tintera's debut and it was clear this was a 2013 debut I wouldn't put on hold for too long. I recommend you to pick it up as soon as possible, I'm sure it will find a place on many readers' favourites shelves. REBOOT could be a good read for people who enjoyed WITHER by Lauren DeStefano and EVE by Anna Carey.

By Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again 13 Jun 2013 5

Seven Reasons Why You Need to Read Reboot NOW

1. Story world. The story world Amy Tintera has crafted is one-of-a-kind. In fact, I didn't even realize that it's sort of a zombie tale until I read a review describing it as one. In Reboot, some humans that died of the KDH virus reboot, or wake up a stronger, faster and less emotional version of themselves. The longer it takes for the human to reboot, the less of his or her humanity remains. At 178 minutes, Wren is an unfeeling Reboot, the deadliest among them all. Reboots serve as soldiers of the HARC.

2. Wren. Wren is one kickass heroine. She is so cool and badass and she can kill you without batting an eyelash. I like my heroines strong yet secretly feeling and doubting. Still, she has her flaws and insecurities and my heart just went out to her as I got to know her. Her morbid past, how she coped, how she lives now by the HARC's orders, how she cares for her roommate Ever, everything about Wren will make the reader love her. Moreover, I especially like the imminent turnaround of her character from unfeeling to feeling when she met and got to know Callum. Which is the third reason why you should read Reboot!

3. Callum. Callum, oh Callum. At twenty-two minutes, Callum is pretty much human still. His skin is not as cold as Wren's, he still has color in his skin, his reflexes are more like of a human and he's still emotional. Callum is such an endearing character and a total contrast to Wren. While Wren doesn't even bat an eyelash when it comes to killing, Callum would rather die than kill someone. It's his humanity, evident care and worry for Wren and SMILE that ultimately broke Wren's barriers and made her feel and more alive than ever.

4. Callum and Wren. Goodness. As much as Reboot is a dystopian at its core, I think it's actually equal parts action and romance. Callum and Wren's relationship was definitely the spotlight as everything Wren did was for Callum and everything Callum did was for Wren. Everything else were just consequences of their actions or ways to ultimately protect each other. It was past midnight then and my shirt's in my mouth to muffle the sounds as I squirmed and squealed in happiness and giddiness and sweetness. Some people found Reboot's love story an instalove one but I didn't notice that at all. I guess I was too smitten by Callum and too awed by Wren but I just bought their romance. Sure, Wren goes from a 178 to a pile of mush and goo, trying to save Callum all of a sudden, but can you blame her? She died when she was 12 and nobody ever treated her like Callum did. No one broke through her barriers, her walls. No one took the time to get to know her. Which made her seem aloof. But Callum never shied away from her, poked at the right buttons and in return, Wren opened up to him, cared for him. I just adore how much they care for each other. I guess you'd have to suspend disbelief and just believe in the power of love to thaw someone's heart. Gah, that was so cheesy but this book made me sappy and such a hormonal teenager.

5. Cover. Reboot's cover is simple but I find it really good because even with the minimalist design, it's completely relevant to the novel. Each Reboot has a barcode in their wrist indicating how many minutes passed before they rebooted. The cover shows a 178. The sleek black and the contrast of red just makes you want to grab the book in your bookstore and check it out, right?

6. Action. The action in Reboot is off-the-charts! While a lot of the novel was spent inside the HARC facility, the missions and their imminent plans were so action-packed. At the end, all hell breaks loose and action fans like me will drool in its awesomeness. Some people found the events at the end a bit rushed but it is rushed. They were pressed for time! And you know how in action movies all the good blowing up and crashing and exploding happens at the end and how everything happens too fast, that's how it is in Reboot. So I have no qualms that the end was so packed with events because that's how you do it! I think teenage boys will definitely enjoy the action side to this but be wary though with the romance. But just imagine Chloe Moretz as Wren, there will be no problems at all. (Chloe Moretz is hot. Yes, I know she's young but can you just imagine her guns ablazin' and running and fighting? In my mind, Chloe Moretz IS Wren. The physical descriptions fit too!)

7. All the possibilities and room to explore. The ending just showed us a glimpse of the multitude of plots and twists that the world and story of Reboot can offer. Reboot is truly just the beginning and it has successfully established the whole series. It already explained how the population has been decimated by a virus, how the HARC controls humans and reboots alike and it already paved the way for all the wonderful plot arcs that will come. I am so excited for the sequel right after reading Reboot that I dreamed about possible events in book 2. Seriously, I dreamed them. I was tossing and turning in my sleep because of all the blood and action I witnessed in my dream. You can say I got obsessed with Reboot. Who dreams about sequels still not published? Apparently, me.

I remember staying up until 3AM just to finish this novel when I had to wake up early that morning. I honest to goodness read this in one sitting. With a radically distinctive premise and story world, a kickass heroine, a very endearing hero and love interest, a makes-you-weak-in-the-knees romance, Reboot is a more-than-engaging page-turner. I highly recommend this to fans of the dystopian genre and to those looking for a fresh take on the zombie fare. I also recommend this to romance fans alike. Go read Reboot NOW!

By Sarah Elizabeth 24 May 2013 4

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Wren is dead. Five years ago she was shot in the chest and died, then 178 minutes later, when everyone thought she was dead, she rebooted.

Reboots are the result of a virus, which kills people, and then causes them to wake from the dead. The longer it is between dying and waking up, the stronger and less-human the reboot is. Wren was dead for 178 minutes, making her the deadliest reboot ever.

The most experienced Reboots have to train the newbies when they arrive, and as the highest number reboot at 178, Wren gets first pick. Wren always picks the new reboot with the highest number, as they are the toughest, and have the highest chance of survival.
This time though, Callum, a boy who was dead for only 22 minutes, challenges Wren - are the reboots she trains the best because they have the highest numbers (were dead the longest), or are they the best because she trains them?

Wren slowly begins to realise that she does have emotions, and knowing that Callum will die if she doesn't train him, she takes on the responsibility, even though her fellow reboots think she's gone nuts.
Is it the number or the training though? Can Wren save Callum? And can she save herself?


This was an enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian story, but I didn't enjoy the romance as much as I would have liked to.

Wren was quite closed-off and hard at the start of the book, she showed very little emotion, although whether that is because she's a reboot or because she has to be to do what she does I don't know. She seemed fairly normal as far as teenage girls go really, other that the having to kill people, but even though she claimed to not have emotions, she obviously cared about her best friend Ever, and she also adhered to the social rules of the cafeteria, and only sat where the others expected her to sit, which showed that she obviously cared about what other people thought of her.

I though Callum daring her to take him on was a clever move on his part. While she would probably have ignored him if he'd asked for any other reason, giving her a challenge worked well!

While there was a romance between Wren and Callum, it was pretty tame. There was a bit of playful flirting from Callum, and we did eventually get a couple of kisses, but there was none of that heart-pounding stuff that makes you want to read through it again unfortunately. I also thought that even once Wren had realised that she liked Callum, she still viewed him as more of an assignment than a partner.

I did like the main storyline about the reboots. I thought that it was a great idea to have dead kids who still function, as compared to zombies, and there seemed to have been quite a lot of thought put into the world building. I did think that Wren's plans were often a little lacking though, although I suspect this was done on purpose to show how she was swayed by her emotions.
I liked the ending, although it wasn't quite what I was expecting. There were quite a few questions left unanswered, and more to explore in the next book, and it will be interesting to see what happens to the reboots from here!
Overall; a good start to a sci-fi/dystopian series.
7 out of 10.

By Sam 20 May 2013 3

"Humans had a brightness to them, a glow that only death extinguished."

Amy Tintera's Reboot is, in some ways, fairly original. Instead of your typical, run-of-the-mill zombies, we have Reboots, humans aged 20 or under that are rebooted to life mere minutes after their death. The longer the wait between death and the process of rebooting, the less humanity is preserved when they awake. Wren Connolly was dead for 178 minutes.

At a training facility for the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation, Wren uses her incomparable strength and speed to prepare new Reboots, who are, essentially, puppet soldiers for HARC. Enter Callum Reyes, or Callum Twenty-Two, a boy whose measly 22 minutes of death make him more human than most Reboots. Of course, from here on out we have a romance, but thankfully, this is a romance that is fairly pleasant for the most part, even if a fraction too rapidly paced. It is Callum who helps clear the fog behind Wren emotionless eyes. It is Callum who draws to surface the flickering strands of Wren's true personality. It is Callum's smile and Callum's boyish enthusiasm... He is adorable, to put it simply, and even Wren can't quite disagree.

While Wren and Callum make a great team together - one that you can't help but root for - the romance does, on occasion, overshadow the plot and dampen the whole concept of Reboots. Wren's development from cold, determined One Seven Eight, to (arguably) love-struck teen is questionable. Nevertheless, Reboot remains entertaining and engaging throughout, though it must be said that the second half loses the vigour present during the first. The ending is brilliant, however, and a sure enough reason to return to this series.

Rating: 3.5 stars

By Sarah Blackstock 09 May 2013 4

One book in and I'm totally hooked on Amy Tintera! Reboot is the perfect match for my picky, sci-fi loving heart. Tintera manages to make Wren feel human and worth rooting for, even though she is essentially dead and meant to be a cold-hearted killing machine, thanks to the government. She was dead 178 minutes, which means she's one of the best (with the longest known reboot time) and the least human among the Reboots. Wren is badass and calculating, while also managing to feel like a teen girl (albeit one in a super weird situation) and show the kind of vulnerability and hope not expected from someone intended to be a heartless soldier.

Then there's Callum. Oh, Callum. He was only dead for 22 minutes, which makes him kind of a joke among the Reboots and a possibly hopeless case to those in charge. He's sweet and smiley and the perfect balance to Wren's closed off resignation. He never quite fits in, but doesn't seem to mind enough to wipe the smile off his face. Without him, the story would've been much darker and Wren's hopeful side would've likely stayed buried until she died for the second and final time.

Reboot is a great mix of action, weird, evil, science plot, and humor that keeps the reader hooked throughout. There is a second book in the works, so everything wasn't solved by the last page, but the conclusion of this book was enough of an ending to not leave you feeling confused or lost or irritated. It ends, but then there's a possibility for more... and you really want to know what's on the other side of that possibility.

Reboot is a good choice for fans of Divergent or Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. And it released yesterday, so snag a copy ASAP.

{Read the rest of my reviews at StoryboundGirl dot com!}

Review quote

"Fast paced and thrilling...I devoured this book!"--Veronica Rossi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

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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--Callum Reyes--is the worst she's ever seen. As a 22, Callum is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet he's still her newbie. 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 that 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.