Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Teenage killing machines in Texas

Reboot (2013)
by Amy Tintera

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).
This book caught my attention from the start! I loved the uniqueness of this story. The teens aren't zombies when they come back, but somehow they are similar to the walking dead. But, maybe a more sophisticated and high tech zombie type being would be a more accurate description.
Reboot is about a group of teens that come back to life after they have died. They receive their numbers after name by how many minutes they have been dead. Once they are rebooted they get taken to a facility and used as bounty hunters, assassins and military type force. The more minutes you were down before you rebooted the less human you are. Therefore, Wren 178 is a well oiled killing machine. When she gets paired up to train Callum 22 she doesn't realize how much this almost human boy will change her and her future.

In this strange world of the Republic of Texas only teens are rebooted and humans are taught to fear and hate the Reboots. Sadly, Reboots are created to be killing machines that are used and controlled. You might think that a Reboot killing machine might not be a great character to read about, but I absolutely loved Wren. She was a merciless, yet Callum was able to bring out her true emotions. Emotions that had been buried deep within her. Her feelings were so new to her that she basically had to come to terms with her past.

I was so happy that the book ended at a point that didn't leave me screaming and pulling out my hair in frustration! While I love a good devastating cliffhanger occasionally, my heart can't take it all the time (I'm talking about you Lauren Oliver 

As a debut, Reboot really does stand out as a great dystopian in a sea of average material. I definitely recommend Reboot to any fan of dystopian, action, or fantasy!

Happy Reading to You!