Sunday, May 4, 2014

Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera {REVIEW}

Book Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Action
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
                              by HarperTeen

Next Book in the Series: Rebel (Reboot #2)


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.
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.
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).

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Gosh this book is full of awesomeness! The plot, the characters and the way all of it is executed is seriously good. Before I lose myself in this feeling of awesomeness, I would like to simply point out what left me in awe.

The heroine.

Wren...or to the HARC, One Seventy Eight. She is everything I like in female fictional lead. Almost. She is kickass. No nonsense straight forward and...totally emotionless. Okay the last part is what the HARC and she believes is true. But as the story progresses, we all can very well see she's been underestimating herself regarding that emotion thing.

The hero.

Callum. Twenty Two. If what everyone believes regarding the rebooting time is true, Callum is probably one of the most emotional, softie, humane reboot. It's not entirely wrong either. He hates to kill human without a reason, he can't take the humans totally as the reboot's enemy whereas Wren doesn't see a point in saving any. He stands in a stark contrast to Wren, not in relation to rebooting number but everything else. Still when they meet, things start to change. Very gradually.

The chemistry.

It wasn't insta love, which is most often a no for me. Well, Callum may have been curious of Wren when he was brought to Rosa's rebooting facility, but to Wren, he was just another newbie, a rather weird one, who's surely going to get himself killed in his very first assignment. It shouldn't be Wren's problem though, since she never trains such weak ones, she isn't going to train him either, except that she eventually does.

The training is one of the best parts since we get to see a glimpse of Wren, not Reboot One Seventy Eight, during the times she is training Callum. She kicks the crap out of Callum, not solely for training purposes often, but since Callum is, well, Callum, she can't help having a special place for him in her heart.

The plot. The execution.

Marvelous. I liked how the author portrayed HARC people, Reboots and town humans. The brainwashing concepts, the cruel experiments by the HARC. Reboots made to believe they are having a "safe" life here while they are seen by the facility as nothing except brainless emotionless recyclable slaves. I loved how Wren starts to understand some things, specially after Ever's death (and I really wish she hadn't died).

The drug part.

Since Ever died, I was having my doubts. When Callum had started blacking out, I was terrified, like really terrified. I have a heartbreak everytime I see a fictional hero I like dies, or gets kidnapped, or anything. I was really really glad to see the way the author dealt with this.

The only downside? Probably the ending part. It was good. But the rest of the book, it seemed a little bit less adventurous, or risky, or action-packed, whatever you say. I would have loved to see some more tension (a little more nail biting on my side). It seemed a little too easy, going everything according to the plan. I liked the ending, since I know there is a second book, but I just would have loved more.

If you love good science fiction action packed book with a kickass heroine and a hero who gets his butt kicked by the heroine (several times), you've GOT TO READ IT. 

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