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.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 365 pages
Three and a half stars: An good beginning to a series with solid world building and an interesting concept.
Number one eighty seven quickly disposes or her latest assignment. She is a quick and deadly killer. Wren, one eighty seven, is a Reboot. She came back to life after one hundred and eighty seven minutes, one of the longest stretches to date. The longer one remains dead before rising, the less humanity they retain, thus Wren is a capable, cold killer. The Reboots came about after humanity was crippled by a deadly virus that either killed people outright or changed their DNA enabling them to rise from the dead. The reboots frighten humans so they are sequestered away by HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). The Reboots serve as soldiers because they are quick, deadly and able to heal. When Wren decides to train a new assignment things begin to change. Is Wren more human than she thought?
What I Liked:
- Reboot starts out strong with an exciting zombie like premise, solid world building and plenty of action. I was engaged, entertained and thrilled to find a good beginning to another dystopian series. If you are looking for something that is unique, this is definitely the series to try.
- I was intrigued by the Reboots. Reboots are children and teens who have risen from the dead after being exposed to a deadly virus. As Reboots, they lose more and more of their humanity dependent upon how long they were dead. A Reboots is quick, able to heal from wounds, except when shot in the head, lacking in emotions, and thus, they make the perfect soldier. In essence, this is a different take on a zombie, but the Reboots are for the most part human and they don't eat brains. I thought Ms. Tintera did a great job with refashioning the well worn zombie concept. I was most pleased with her originality and creativity.
- The world building is excellent. The world has been decimated by a virus and the U.S. has been reduced to Texas. The remaining humans live in small cities, the rich in the nicer areas while the rest try to survive in the slums. I didn't have problems grasping the world, and I liked that there was plenty of detail to help me envision this frightening world.
- Wren was a fascinating character. As one of the highest numbered reboots, she took the longest to revive. That supposedly makes her the one with the least humanity, and she has earned a reputation of being a fierce killer. Once she meets Callum, number twenty two, she begins to see things in a new light, and she starts to change. Callum helps her reach inside and find her humanity, and she begins to question everything she has been taught by HARC. By the end, she is an entirely different character. I enjoyed watching her grow and change, and I am eager to see how she will continue to transform.
- The ending was a bit of a surprise. I was fully expecting a cliffhanger because the danger and action were ratcheting up as the pages dwindled. I thought for sure it would end in a brutal place. I was pleased to find that the climatic scene culminated and the ending closed one chapter in Wren's saga and opened the door to another. It was nice to get a bit of resolution at the end of the book, even though there are plenty of questions left for the sequel.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance was a bit of a fizzle for me. Callum comes into the picture with plenty of boyish charm, and he is full of life. His short time being dead left most of his humanity in tact. Callum immediately is drawn to Wren and he begs her to train him. At first, I enjoyed the fledging friendship, it started out shaky and hesitant on Wren's part, and then it suddenly moved into a romantic relationship. I did not like the rapid development of the romance.
- I disliked the quick turn around in Wren's demeanor. I just didn't buy that she could quickly shed years of errant thinking and find her humanity with a few smiles from Callum and a bit of time together. The author puts a great deal of emphasis on the time one spends dead and how it strips humanity, not to mention Wren's life before she was a Reboot was fraught with pain and difficulty. I don't think she would be able to recover human emotions and feelings so quickly.
- The first half of the book was exciting and entertaining, but the second half of the book lost a bit of something. I wasn't as interested in the story once Wren and Callum were on the run, mostly because it started focusing on the romance. The romance felt out of place considering they were running for their lives. It paled in comparison to the first half. I also thought the big storming the castle scene was a bit too quick, and I thought that the highlight of the book was over rather quickly.
Reboot despite a few flaws was a good introduction to a new dystopian series. I liked the unique zombie concept, the world building and the action. I was also pleased that the book didn't end with a cliffhanger. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series to see how Wren continues to transform.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.