Title: Reboot
Author:
Amy Tintera
Series:
Reboot, #1
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Publish Date:
May 7, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy

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.


general thoughts

I was really, really excited to read this one. I mean, the summary sounds really great and the cover is very intriguing. I’m always into Dystopian Romances where the characters’ personalities kind of clash (in this case: Wren’s being the best and Callum’s being the weakest).

This book was very disappointing. The romance took up almost the entire story, which, normally, I would love, but that being a huge aspect in the story made the story a bit bland. There was a lack of world-building, and the dystopian aspects in this story were very confusing and not explained well enough.

Let’s talk characters. Wren’s supposedly a badass, which I did not find her to be. Reboots were supposed to be less emotional, but Wren often felt so many things and she was kind of bipolar. Callum was a pretty boring male lead. I usually love the guys in these kinds of novels, but Callum was so weird to the point that he was getting annoying.

To me, Wren got through situations too easily. In the end, they’ve freed another Reboot, Adina (the only character in this story that I like), and their mission is to free more Reboots. They got away too easily, I wish there were more struggles to make the story more believable.

I was actually prepared to quit this book halfway, like I did with Sweet Evil, but I bought an eBook and physical book (I wasted a lot of money!) and I just had to finish it to stop the guilt.

The story picked up when Adina came in. She was a Thirty-nine (weak, supposedly), but I found her character stronger and more interesting than Wren. She saved the story for me.

Initial vs. Final Reactions:

Initial Reaction: I’m so excited! I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this. Badass girl training a nice guy? SCORE!

Final Reaction: No badass girl. No nice guy. Well, he was nice, but he was so annoying. Evil, seductive summaries – 1; Me – 0

2 stars

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11 thoughts on “Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

  1. I’m really dissapointed you didn’t like it. Like you, the summary had me jumping up and down waiting for this book. I was waiting for others to review it, however, before I read it. I;m glad I read your review first! The romance aspect usually annoys me, especially in a dystopian, where there is so much to be discovered other than romance.

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    1. I do like to read reviews before reading the book, but I tend to read the five/four star ratings before reading so that I kind of think that it’s great, and psychologically, I will end up liking it. I agree about the romance thing. I would’ve preferred more world-building. If you still decide to read it, though, let me know what you think. :)

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  2. gosh the concept of this book seemed soooooo readable. I was hoping after reading your review that it’d make me go out and buy it, but now I don’t know :P Thanks for giving an honest review, i was in the midst of purchasing it. Now i’ll just invest in another book on my wish list .

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    1. You’ll never know if you’ll like it unless you read it. :) A lot of bloggers/reviewers seemed to like this one, so maybe you might, too. :)

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  3. I understand your disappointment. The book never sounded good to me, thank God, so I won’t have to torture myself to read it. The whole bad girl, good boy did sound nice, though not enough to make me want to read it. And if they get away from bad stuff that easily, I’m out. I want struggle. I want first-class fighting (okay, not first class, but at least good action).

    Anyway, great review!

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    1. There was plenty of action and bone-breaking, although it did not interest me that much. If you ever decide to read it though, let me know! :)

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  4. LOL @ your reactions ;D.

    I have had this book on my NS (not-sure) list for a while, but when I read the first comments about world-building and character inconsistencies, I backpedaled at full speed. You mentioned the romance taking up a lot of space…and that’s another con aspect for me – especially in a dystopian. Your review, however, is the only one I have read mentioning Adina. I’m glad you found at least a character you were able to like, especially having bought two copies of this book!

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    1. A lot of people seemed to like this book, though. It could just be that I set my standards too high, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped.

      Adina only showed up when the book was ending, so she wasn’t really an important character.

      If you do read it, let me know what you thought. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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