ARC Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot (Reboot, #1)
by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Source: Publisher/Edelweiss
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.


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.

LightReAD - 25


  1. This sounds amazing! I really like books with strong female characters, and Wren sounds like an awesome one. Great review :)

  2. 5 Robots and Unpredictable plot! I need to read this :D Thanks for another awesome review :D


  3. I really enjoyed Wren as well and the new twist on the dystopian genre.

  4. I knew that you'd been reading htis one and I couldn't wait to hear what you though. The plot sounds awesome and I love the idea of rebooting. I need to pick this one up!

  5. That never asking questions part intrigues me since that always leads to unexpected solutions and situations. I don't mind romances that are like.. insta-love from the um.. attraction part, but the feelings grow over time. It's not like you're supposed to say 'I love you' by the end of the week you know. I also love stories of growth and Wren definitely seems like it. I'm a bit afraid that her emotionless state may be an obstacle of getting to know her or connect with her emotionally, but if by the end of it she's got me on her side, then it's all good. Unpredictable - love these kinda plots. Ugh, I want to read it so bad now! I've seen a few reviews for this one and they've been all middle-ground or 4 stars but you just made me really eager for it. Yay! Thanks for sharing:-)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

  6. SO.EXCITED.FOR.THIS.BOOK. I read your review this morning and I was like, UM YUP GETTING ME A COPY OF THIS ASAP. 5 robots! That's a huge honor from you girls, and I will not be missing out on reading this one. :)

  7. So glad you loved this one! Hoping to pick up a copy for myself at BEA!

  8. Ahhh! I need to get my hands on a copy of this book soon! Fast paced with some unpredictability is exactly what I like! :)

  9. I don't think I'll be a fan of the romance, but everything else sounds amazing! I agree that I just didn't understand the reasoning behind the violence in Divergent. The violence in Reboot sounds much more justified! This one also sounds like a lot of good character development happens which is something I LOVE. Thanks for the great review! :D

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

  10. My hope has officially been restored! This is the first review I've read that had good things to say about Reboot - especially a lot of good things. I like that Reboot is action-packed but also packing a lot of emotion. It sounds like a good balance.

  11. I have heard a lot of mixed things about this book. It's sounds interesting, but I also have a limited tolerance for insta-love. We'll see maybe I'll give it a go.

    Thanks for the review.

    Marlene Detierro (Terry Costa)