Author: Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot, #1
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.
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