Written by Amy Tintera
Read by Khristine Hvam
Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge
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.
“Reboot – a different kind of zombie!”
While I was browsing for books to read, I came across Reboot by Amy Tintera. Since I’m not that active in the YA book community, I hadn’t heard of anything about this book. So I came into this book knowing nothing about it, apart from the blurb.
I was blown away by this book. It’s because I personally haven’t read anything like this before. Reboot is a YA dystopian novel about people dying and then coming back to life (rebooting) as super humans. These people, they call them Reboots, are stronger, able to heal at a fast rate, indestructible. They are not humans and the longer that it takes them to Reboot, the stronger and less human they are.
Wren 178 is the strongest Reboot for being dead 178 minutes and has been living in the HARC facility (those that are in charge of tracking Reboots) for 5 years and apparently, doesn’t feel anything at all. That is until Caleb 22 arrives and changes everything.
What I love about the book:
I really liked the dynamics between Caleb and Wren. Wren being the unemotional reboot and Caleb being the almost human reboot. The romance was subtle and I thought it was cute. I liked that it wasn’t too overdone and there was no insta-love going on here – a little bit of insta-attraction but I think that was realistic.
I also liked that Wren also showed a little bit of insecurity about her physical appearance. Now, before you throw rocks my way, let me explain. Being insecure is very age appropriate for a 17-year-old and the way the author handled it was good.
Another thing I liked about Reboot was the uniqueness of the whole story. This new zombie type of thing is unique because honestly, all the zombies that I know are those meat eating, unthinking creatures. So yes, I think this is unique.
Let’s talk about the cover. I just bleepin’ love the simplicity of the cover so much and it is one of the reasons why I clicked on the book and read the blurb. I also loved the sequels’ cover, as well.
What I hate about the book:
I did not like the world building. I thought it lacked a little visual imagery and description of the world. It would have been better to have great world building since their world is vastly different from today.
It also dragged in certain parts, but not enough to stop me from reading it, though.
Reboot is a definite must read for people who love stories about zombies. Technically, no zombies are mentioned here but I think this book will appeal to those who love that genre.
If you liked this book, I recommend that you read Legend by Marie Lu.
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
This book is written in first person and Khritine Hvam read it really well. Her voice was youthful but not an annoying high pitch that I find very annoying with some narrators.