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HarperTeen, 352 pages
Series: Reboot #1
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Source: Publisher via ALA Midwinter
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Reboot is a strong debut from Amy Tintera! I normally shy away from science fiction, but I ended up finishing this book in a day with its fast paced plot and interesting concept. In the world of Reboot, a new disease is making humans come back to life after death, but the longer they're dead, the less human they are when returning. Wren didn't return until 178 minutes after her death, which made for one of the longest rebooting times.
It was entertaining reading from the perspective of an "emotionless" protagonist. Wren is a fighter through and through, and is a pretty hard core soldier. She's also quite blunt which made for some fun interactions. One of my favorite parts to read were her interactions with other people and how they're never sure if they should fear or respect her. She often looked at everything in terms of black and white, and it was amusing reading about her trying to make sense of emotional situations. Her entire thought process was turned upside down when she decided to train Callum, a new recruit with a return time of 22. His return time was so quick that he's practically still human.
The relationship between Wren and Callum caused everything to escalate pretty quickly. One moment she's the perfect soldier then the next she's the rebellious soldier. It didn't take long for Callum to get under her skin, and to help her realize how she was being controlled by the corporation. The only problem I had was Wren's development into this rebellious and emotional character, as well as her relationship with Callum.
Although I had some issues with Wren and Callum, I enjoyed reading about them nonetheless. I loved the overall concept of Reboot and I'm excited to see where it's headed.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
ABOUT AMY TINTERA
HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish my debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong. (source)
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