So Reboot is the first in what I believe is a Duology by Amy Tintera, I listened to this on audio from Scribd, I honestly didn’t know anything about it beforehand the cover just intrigued me and I quickly needed to pick one to listen to on my commute.
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 favourite 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.
This book for me had an extremely rocky start, to the point where I had to keep pausing the audiobook so I could make notes on my phone about just how much I hated the portrayal of Wren. She was obviously so much better than everyone else, the other Reboots were too scared to speak to her, “even humans have heard of me”. I rolled my eyes so hard that I honestly didn’t know whether I was going to carry on with it, however I’d downloaded it to my Scribd account and I had a long commute so I was pretty much stuck with it.
Thankfully after the first third there was a massive improvement and we finally had some character development for Wren, even if it was due to the introduction of our love interest. Again, I couldn’t stand Callum at the beginning, he was so irritating, I’ve not read many YA books with romances to be honest, especially hate to love so I don’t know if this is how things work. Are we as readers supposed to not like the characters but then they suddenly become likeable when they join each other?
It does sound like I have more negative thoughts but that is purely with the characters before their development. I loved the concept of this story, some children come back alive after dying from a certain virus (yes I’ve forgot the name). The longer you were dead the less human you are, Wren was dead for 178 minutes which I believe is the longest ever recorded which is why she’s so badass and everyone is apparently scared of her. Callum came in at the lowest, 22 minutes, those with lower numbers are basically still human and are not really respected by the higher numbers so you can imagine the reception Wren gave him.
There is a massive divide between the Humans and Reboots, and Wren starts to question what is the corporation that’s looking after the reboots really using them for?
This book definitely surprised me and I will be listening to the Rebel sometime soon.
Have you read this book or anything by Amy Tintera before?
See you in the next one…