Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on APRIL 18TH, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.


Publisher: HarperTeen

Date of Publication: May 7th, 2013

Dates Read: April 3rd – 28th, 2015


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.

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My rating: ★★★★★

Reboot is a brilliant, action packed read, and quite different from anything else I’ve ever read. It’s been on my bookshelf since Christmas, but there’d always been something else to read. The only reason why I started reading it when I did is because I forgot to bring a book with me when I went out with a friend, and we ended up at the library. I wanted to pick up a book that I knew I had at home so I could continue it later, and Reboot was the first one that came to mind.

Wow, I’m very glad I did that.

The plot was full, exciting, and fast-paced. There were a couple of slow areas, but they were short and before I knew it I was dragged right back into action. It was an interesting storyline, and had it not been for my exams I imagine I would have finished this book a lot sooner. But alas, school work tends to put me in a reading slump.

As for the characters, I really enjoyed them, too. Addie is my favourite, I think, but even Wren and Callum’s dynamic is adorable. I like how Wren’s change from a heartless Reboot to more-human-like emotions is a smooth transition, so smooth that I cannot exactly pinpoint where she changed. Smooth character development is really important to me, and I think Tintera pulled this off very well.

Overall: Intense, interesting read that I thoroughly enjoyed much more than I thought I would. 


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