Review: Rebel – Amy Tintera

Review: Rebel – Amy TinteraRebel by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #2
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 13, 2014
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four-stars

Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left...

It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

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

For the longest time, the trend in YA seemed to be the trilogy. Every single series seemed to be composed of three separate books to tell the story. But lately, there seems to be a new trend, the duology. The trilogy exists still, obviously, but it seems more and more authors are leaning towards this format of two books and I can’t say I mind it. Why am I starting this review with this tidbit? Well because Rebel is the conclusion of a duology and I think Tintera nailed it by going this route.

Rebel picks up right where Reboot left off. Callum and Wren have escaped HARC and are now at the Reboot reservation they were told about with the other escaped Reboots. When they get to the reservation everything seems to be run by a tight ship with Micah, their leader, calling the shots. But as Callum and Wren get more immersed with Micah and the others they start to see everything isn’t as it seems. Micah has a plan and it isn’t one that either of these two can get behind. As their living situation grows tense Micah does something that forces Wren and Callum’s hands into action. When all is said and done not everyone is going to make it out alive maybe not even Callum or Wren.

What I loved the most about Rebel is that it is told from both Wren and Callum’s voices. I really enjoyed their dynamic in the first book as they were the perfect counterpart to each other, Wren being hard with Callum being more emotional. It worked in Reboot, and it worked even more in Rebel because the reader got to see what they were both thinking and really what they saw in each other and how they worked as a couple/team. Hearing Callum’s voice this time around truly showed how much he had grown as a character and grown thanks to Wren, and vice versa.

I also really found myself enthralled by the plot of Rebel. I mean the title and the synopsis can give you a basic idea about what is going to happen, but I really liked the way Tintera had it all unfold. Everything happened in due time and wasn’t rushed nor dragged out. The action sequences were tense and fast-paced and the small quiet moments were just that, quiet. It all flowed really well and came to a pretty great head at the end.

Rebel was a really great conclusion and the second part of a duology. The author really hit everything right. It filled me with anxiety, made me smile and had me at the end of my seat. It was a fantastic wrap up that I highly recommend. If you’ve read Reboot don’t want to read Rebel. If not, get in that immediately!

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Review: Reboot – Amy Tintera

Review: Reboot – Amy TinteraReboot by Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen
Published: May 7, 2013
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four-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 bought Reboot a while ago and like most books, I actually forgot I had it. It wasn’t until I started seeing chatter about its sequel Rebel that I remembered and was finally inspired to read it. And once again I was happy to have done it. Reboot was more than I expected. It was action packed and had a great romance and a great dystopian feel. It was an entertaining read with great characters and a pleasure to read.

Reboot is a dystopian novel mainly about Wren, a 17-year-old girl that was killed when she was 12 and rebooted back to life 172 later, the longest time lapse for a reboot ever. For 5 years Wren has done everything HARC, the human organization controlling the reboots has asked. She’s been the best at everything because she doesn’t have feelings left and she was okay with that. That is until Callum, a reboot dead for only 22 minutes, comes into her life. What was now black and white for Wren has taken on a whole new shading and has given Wren a whole lot more to feel and think about. Suddenly Wren has to make decisions she never thought she would and take actions because before she had nothing to lose and now she has everything.

When I first heard of Reboot I will admit I was skeptical because basically the rebooted is just another word for zombie and I’m not a huge fan of zombie books. But the truth is that Reboot is very far away from a zombie book and that is credited to the author. Instead of giving us the living dead Tintera humanized these people that were brought back. She didn’t make them the gross kind of zombies on shows like The Walking Dead. She made them likable and characters you wanted to root for. That was the great thing about Callum. He brought a refreshing life to Wren. He had this charisma to him that you couldn’t help but live and it brought an expected love for Wren who was really closed off and cold in the beginning. Honestly, I think that is what I liked most about this story. The character development was really a high light for me. The plot was also really solid and had a lot of tense moments that I don’t want to give away for those that haven’t read yet. But all of it together really just worked.

Reboot is a book about breaking down your walls and living, even when you are technically dead, and thinking for yourself. It was a fascinating read that takes place in a strange dystopian society that is a joy to read. I look forward to Tintera’s follow-up Rebel and what other stories she will have in store for us in the future.

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