Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author Amy Tintera
Published: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
Book 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 thoughts:

I fell in love with the plot. It’s nothing like any other book. I was fascinated because it’s not generic!

A deadly virus has invaded the world making dead people return to life. The longer they stayed dead before the reboot--- the faster and stronger they are. Wren was dead for 178 minutes, the longest among the reboots, making her the strongest and less human. She works for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) who is in charge with the reboots, using them as protectors of humanity, but also as a weapon. Wren is a trainer for new reboots, but she mostly picks higher numbers to train. Then Callum, a 22 entered the camp for training. What made her pick him? He’s slow and weak. Also, the Corporation assigned Wren to kill Callum. Will Wren be able to do it?  Now that she feels human again? Buy a copy now.

The world-building is good! Like I said, it’s not generic making it interesting. The pacing is good too, not too slow and fast. The build-up of the story is great! Amy made sure the readers understand what is really going on, giving us information about the world with a deadly virus, killing people and bringing them back to life. HARC is also explained well, how they use reboots to protect people. But the real motivation was kept hidden. What is the real motivation? Well that question made me more interested in finishing the book. Also, Amy has incorporated great action! It’s kick ass and made my heart jumpy all over.

The character-building is not bad. I like Wren! She’s dynamic and strong. You could see her character development throughout the story, from inhuman to human and cold to warm. As for Callum, I like his fighting spirit. Despite that he’s the weakest among the new recruits, that didn’t hinder him to go about his training. I actually connected to him more that Wren. Well because he is more human than any other reboots. The high light for me is how Callum made Wren feel more. He helped Wren to be more human.

The love-angle is a letdown. I was looking forward to the romance part but ended up disappointed. There was no spark at all! No butterflies in my stomach which is a must  when there’s romance. I hope book two will change all that.
Over all, Reboot is a great read. Dystopian and action lovers will enjoy reading it. The plot is unpredictable but the love story is disappointing.

I give this book, 4 Reboot Whales.



  1. Nice to see that this is an original concept that you enjoyed Dannielle. Too bad the romance didn't quite live up to your expectations. Wonderful review! :)

  2. I just returned this to the library without reading it because all the negative reviews got to me. Kicking myself now because your review really changed my mind. I hope book 2 has more romance :)

  3. Oh no, no butterflies! That's a bummer. The premise sounds awesome, but it's also a bit of a damper when the chemistry can't be better. My sister loved this one, and despite the lackluster ending with the romance, I may have to pick it up purely for the concept :D Great review, Dannielle!!

  4. It was such a fun book, wasn't it? :) I agree that the love story could have been improved, but I liked the book so much it didn't even matter. Can't wait for book two! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. The romance let me down a little bit too, though I think more during the second half than the first. I did like it overall, but I wanted more of a spark. But I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

    Lovely review, Dannielle! :)

  6. I loved this book and I completely agree with your review.


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