Early Review – Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

April 19, 2013 Bonnie Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013, YA 8 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy TinteraReboot by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 7th 2013
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Sci-fi
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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two-half-stars

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.

I was extremely excited for this debut because that summary could not sound any more awesome. Wren 178 is the strongest and deadliest reboot because she was dead 178 minutes before her body rebooted and she came back to life. Reboots are all stronger and faster and heal faster than ordinary humans. The other main difference is their complete lack of emotions making them the perfect super soldier. So basically reboots are some terminator zombie type thing…yep, sign me up for that.

I’ve seen this time and time again: an interesting and original concept that’s thoroughly lacking in execution. Now, I’m not saying this was a complete disaster but it definitely failed to live up to the anticipation the summary generated. It was all just very ‘meh’ for me.

The first major issue I had was the world-building. The beginning part of the story felt like one massive info-dump that never really succeeded at explaining anything. And there were so many questions I had that were never quite explained. Like why the reboots continued aging even though they’re basically a zombie, how it is that they’re still able to have children (regarding the reference that upon rebooting they’re given a birth control shot) and why in the world they become “attractive” upon rebooting. Strange additions to the Reboot world that I didn’t find made much sense.

But the second and main issue I had was the romance. Wren is supposed to be the most unemotional reboot of the bunch yet she becomes immediately intrigued by the newest reboot, Callum 22. I just couldn’t buy it, period. It was so half-hazardly thrown together, completely lacking in credibility and was extremely ill-fitting with the rest of the story. Wren is supposed to be a super solider. A complete badass. Yet the romance aspect turned her into every other typical girl with zero original qualities. The aspect of the story that she’s been their perfect soldier and obeys all orders until she begins to rebel… perfect. But something other than a corny romance needed to be the catalyst for her rebellion.

Wren’s ‘voice’ felt very authentic to me as she always seemed very monotone and didn’t elicit much excitement when recounting anything. Despite it being authentic, it still felt very tiresome to read. There were some very exciting scenes though and I just wish there wasn’t so much I had issue with since it inevitably ruined the better parts for me as a whole. Reboot fortunately doesn’t leave you with a whopper of a cliffhanger but unfortunately I still don’t see this series and I continuing.

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8 Responses to “Early Review – Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera”

  1. miss_bonnie13

    There are answers but they weren't clear or sufficient enough, in my opinion.
    And yes, there was that stuff happening with her roommate but I still felt like Callum was used as the main catalyst to get her to start feeling anything. Hope you enjoy it more than I. 🙂 I look forward to your review!

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  2. miss_bonnie13

    Yes, I have several friends who enjoyed it far more than I did. Hopefully you do too. 🙂 Thanks!

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  3. miss_bonnie13

    Yes, to me that was the major flaw of this book. Leaving the romance out entirely would have been a massive benefit..I think. 🙂
    Well, I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

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  4. veganyanerds

    I just read another review of this and it mentioned the romance being a flaw as well. It does sound a bit out of place considering the main character and her lack of humanity.

    It's always a shame when a unique idea is spoilt, but I think I'll still give this a go!
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  5. Kelley

    Oh man. I just started reading this one last night, and I already have several of the same questions you have! Sucks to know I'm not going to get answers for everything. But I do think her rebellion is about more than just Callum right? What about the stuff happening with her roommate?
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  6. Blythe Harris

    Aw, sorry you found this to be overall 'meh,' Bonnie! I found myself thoroughly enjoying it, but I agree with you about the romance, which was the main reason I gave the book 3.5 stars. I definitely couldn't buy it, either (well, I mean, I can't blame Wren for falling for Callum, he's freakin' Callum!), but it was so … sudden… As was Wren's change of heart and personality after meeting Callum. It was all very odd, and honestly, quite frustrating.

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  7. Rachel

    I don't think I would've picked this book up anyhow, but even more so with your review, Bonnie. Sorry this didn't work out for you. Thanks for the honest review. 🙂

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