Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot 13517455
Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Stars: 5 of 5

Goodreads and Amazon Description:

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.

My Review:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading Reboot.  After reading it, it was definitely not at all what I had thought when I read the description on Goodreads. Reboot is about Wren 187, a reboot in what is now the Republic of Texas. This story follows her journey from being the Super Solider, to actually feeling a little more human.

In Wren’s new world the reboots are put in a hierarchy by how long they had died for. For her it was 187 minutes, the longest that it’s taken anyone to reboot after death. The government is using the Reboots as their “police force.” Wren has moved up to become a trainer, and now she works with new Reboots to get them ready for training. Things change for her when she starts training Callum, who is only a 22. Callum, practically human, is not as fast, or strong as the other reboots, but he brings things to Wren’s life that she didn’t realize she was missing.

The one thing I really liked about this book was that it is not your typical zombie book, there is no one trying to eat anyone else’s brains or body parts.  The story has an underlying love story to it, but it’s about a girl’s struggle to feel human when the world no longer sees her as that.

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