Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Reboot (Reboot, #1) by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot
Author: Amy Tintera
Format: paperback
Website: Author's Website
Published: May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
Purchase Links: Amazon
 B & N | TBD

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

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. 

My Rating

So, have you guys read Reboot? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! :)


  1. I've had this one for a while and I'm really looking forward to when I can start it. I love the sound of Wren, that she's tough and all about business. Callum sounds sweet, too. It's a shame about the romance, though. Much as I love romance, there are times when it needs to take a backseat, and I would agree that this is one of them. Still, I love the whole concept of rebooted humans. Fantastic review, Rachel! :)

    1. Yes, Wren really is a tough girl. :) I'm glad we have the same thoughts about the romance element. Thanks for always dropping by! ;)

  2. I've been meaning to read this for a while because of tha awesome blurb. It's awful that the romance is one of the main things drivin the story!!! I hate it when that happens! Anyhow glad you lastly enjoyed the book and thanks for the great review!!!

    1. Yup, there were also some good points, but the romance was... I guess too much? Ohwell, it's still worth reading though. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  3. COOL! I've heard some of my friends talk about this one, though I didn't know the premise was that interesting :D I'm a sucker for a new dystopian concept :)

    1. Yes the idea of having Reboots is a totally fresh idea, so be sure to add this to your TBR. :)

  4. I do get how the romance element disappointed a lot of readers. I've read many reviews wherein they loved it at first but got disappointed like you that it became the focal point of the story. I guess, for me, I just love Wren and Callum together that I still enjoyed it so much and didn't care that it became the focus. Haha! Great review, Rach!

    1. Thanks, Dianne! Yes I was a little disappointed but I still liked it. ;) And I loved Wren and Callum too, don't worry.


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