Reboot by Amy Tintera
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought:
This book was a fun, original dystopian. In the beginning, I had trouble connecting to Wren because she is so unemotional, but that’s intentional. Once she met Callum, I began to connect with her more as she broke out of her “perfect reboot” shell. She became more human. I also loved Callum, especailly towards the end when he got a bit more snarky. Their romance was really well done, and I was really glad that there was no love triangle. That’s two books in a row that have been triangle free! That must be some kind of record! lol.
I also loved the concept of rebooting. It a very different look at Zombies, because that’s basically what they are. I felt that the author spent a good amount of time establishing Wren and how the reboots at HARC live. This brings home how corrupt the world has gotten (or, at least, Texas) and how unfairly reboots are treated. You really start to side with the reboots and the rebellion (though the rebellion still seems super shady to me).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likable, the concept is interesting, and the romance is romantic without being over-dramatic and soap-opera like. The only thing that really bugged me about the book was the end, but only because it was so abrupt and left me craving the sequel, which doesn’t come out until May of next year.