Reboot by Amy Tintera – 3 stars (out of 5)

Reboot (Reboot, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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 thought this book was pretty cute. I don’t think that’s what the author was going for, but that’s how I felt about it. It had an interesting premise. Due to a virus that has ravaged the population, when some people die, they don’t really die. They come back to life, or “reboot”, but not quite the same they were before. The more minutes you were dead, the better Reboot you will be. The Reboots are put in facilities by HARC, the governing body of this new world, and are used as enforcers and assassins of the general population.

Wren was dead 178 minutes, more than any other Reboot she’s known. She’s good at what she does and at times she enjoys it. She believes she doesn’t have any human emotion left in her. She’s a trainer of new Reboots and always gets first pick because of her high number. She always goes for the newbie with the highest number and trains them to become the best. But when she meets Callum, a happy, smiling, practically still human 22, she starts feeling the emotions she no longer thought she was capable of. He asks her to pick him to train and she does.

Wren and Callum’s relationship was cute, even if it didn’t really make sense. The first couple chapters are set up to show how inhuman Wren is, but she is immediately thrown off by Callum. There’s also really no reason why Callum takes such an instant liking to Wren. But he smiles and she responds and you can guess where it all goes from there.

I thought the whole book would be about Wren trying to break her and Callum out of the facility, but that’s really only the first half of the story. Wren makes a deal with an officer to help them escape and the latter half of the book is Wren making good on that deal. It involves more adorable moments between Wren and Callum, rebels, a facility break-in, and a grander escape plan.

Overall, I enjoyed Reboot. However, as a dystopian type of story, everything went a little too perfectly. The ending, while still leaving enough interest for a second installment, was completely happy. That’s why I thought it was cute. It had some serious elements and was actiony, but at the end of the day, it was a happy story.

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