When I read the blurb for Reboot, it instantly sparked my curiosity. The cover was a plus for me too, by the way.
I was amazed with Tintera’s fresh idea for a dystopia novel. Reboots are said to be faster, stronger and less emotional – the perfect description for Wren. The idea of humans being rebooted after their death is certainly something that I haven’t read before and I look forward to reading. In Reboot, The longer you are dead, the better, the stronger and the more valuable you will become. Tintera’s concept of being a Reboot baffled me in the beginning but then I got a hold of it as I read on and on. I also noticed that they are called through their numbers which only emphasizes the fact that they are not humans anymore (even though some of them, especially those with lower numbers, still can’t accept this fact).
Wren is a tough main character and that is what I really liked about her. She is all about business and she has no time to kid around other Reboots. As what I’ve said earlier, she is the perfect example of a Reboot. On the other hand, Callum is the opposite of Wren. He likes to joke around and he thinks that he can still go back to his normal life and live a happy ending with his family. He is only a 22. And even though he is the exact opposite of Wren, he balances everything about her. She is too restrained, he helps her loosen up. She is too tough, he softens her up. She is too serious; he tries to lighten things for her.
Even if we see Wren as this strong and kind of harsh character, I’m glad that Tintera still showed some vulnerability in her character which definitely makes me think twice of the whole concept of Reboots. It kind of confused me, so I hope it would be answered in the second book.
Callum is definitely a character that I loved in this book. Even though he can be stubborn at times, his playfulness lightened Reboot’s heavy plot. He was also able to bring the ‘life’ back to Wren, especially at times when she believed that she doesn’t have a heart anymore. What I didn’t like about him was his weakness, physically and emotionally. I know that he was built to be like that but I just wished that there was something there that made him stronger and tougher than Wren in both aspects.
I was a little disappointed with the romance element of this book because I think that it became the main point of the whole story, and the beginning of another chapter in their lives as Reboots. The fact that it became a big deal wasn’t what was wrong, but I think it would have been better if romance was not the motivating point of this story.
Overall, I still loved the action, suspense, humor and fast pacing of Reboot. The new concept that the author offered didn’t disappoint too. The ending definitely made me want to read the next installment and I wonder what Tintera will offer to her readers this time around.