by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Starting a dystopian that faintly sounds like another Rebels vs. Government premise is scary. It's like hanging onto the edge of the Titanic and wondering if you're either going to drown in the cold or get lucky by finding a door to lay on. Well I'm here to satiate any of those fears. Reboot might seem like the normal dystopian fare. But it's not. And here's why.
Violence That Works
Reboot has lots of violence. Not the kinds filled with blood and guts, but the kick-ass kind filled with gun-shooting and fist-brawling. Reboots are basically assassins or police officers trained to kill first and ask questions never. For the first half of the book Wren is training Callum to become a better Reboot, and this means lots of punching and fighting and...violence. In this aspect, there will be probably lots of Divergent comparisons. But I actually liked Reboot's violence better. I struggled grasping why Dauntless just beat the crap out of everyone just to eliminate fear, but for the Reboots it's a part of their training to become super soldiers. It worked very well and made for an action-packed read.
Wren -- Emotionless and Surprisingly Likable
Being dead 178 minutes means Wren has little humanity left inside of her. She's cold, emotionless, and scares the shit out of anyone who looks at her. Yet, Tintera wrote this character so well that I couldn't help but fall in love with her. She has flaws and deep down, somewhere she has a heart left (even if she doesn't believe it herself). Her own personal journey is great in the book.
It's a Romance. I Can Dig It.
Halfway through Reboot it's pretty clear that the plot fizzles for a romance between Wren and Callum. You know what? I didn't care. I loved Wren enough that I enjoyed reading her story, and Callum is a huge part of her personal growth. I've seen some reviews mentioning insta-love, and I'm not sure if it's because I was reading an ebook, but it never felt too quick or forced. In the situation they were in, it is completely plausible that they developed a relationship. And I don't think the L-word was thrown out until maybe near the end. They're a cute couple, especially with Callum being the more human of the two.
An Unpredictable Plot
Okay, not necessarily completely unpredictable. But what I loved about this book is that there are so many sub-plots that crop up near the beginning that I really couldn't discern where the book was headed during the first half. Which was kind of awesome.
A Concept that Kills
The whole notion of rebooting is pretty ingenious. Overall, the execution was solid. I would have preferred more time at the facility -- the first half definitely better than the second -- but it was still one of those fast-paced reads that make you crave to finish.
Dead 178 minutes, emotionless Wren has stolen my heart for one of my favorite female characters. Add in some kick-ass scenes and you've got yourself a top-notch dystopian contender.