Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Reboot (Reboot, #1)
Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: May 7, 2013

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.

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much to Sarah of HarperCollins for the review copy! You just gave me one of my favorite books of May and I am beyond happy. As always, having received a review copy did not affect my views of the novel in any way. So since I love this book and will end up just spazzing, I'm doing the reasons why you should read this book format for my review wherein I list the reasons and expound on them. Hopefully in an objective and totally unspazzy manner but I cannot assure you of that. So let's get this started so you can go buy Reboot now!

Seven Reasons Why You Need to Read Reboot NOW

1. Story world. The story world Amy Tintera has crafted is one-of-a-kind. In fact, I didn't even realize that it's sort of a zombie tale until I read a review describing it as one. In Reboot, some humans that died of the KDH virus reboot, or wake up a stronger, faster and less emotional version of themselves. The longer it takes for the human to reboot, the less of his or her humanity remains. At 178 minutes, Wren is an unfeeling Reboot, the deadliest among them all. Reboots serve as soldiers of the HARC. 

2. Wren. Wren is one kickass heroine. She is so cool and badass and she can kill you without batting an eyelash. I like my heroines strong yet secretly feeling and doubting. Still, she has her flaws and insecurities and my heart just went out to her as I got to know her. Her morbid past,  how she coped, how she lives now by the HARC's orders, how she cares for her roommate  Ever, everything about Wren will make the reader love her. Moreover, I especially like the imminent turnaround of her character from unfeeling to feeling when she met and got to know Callum. Which is the third reason why you should read Reboot!

3. Callum. Callum, oh Callum. At twenty-two minutes, Callum is pretty much human still. His skin is not as cold as Wren's, he still has color in his skin, his reflexes are more like of a human and he's still emotional. Callum is such an endearing character and a total contrast to Wren. While Wren doesn't even bat an eyelash when it comes to killing, Callum would rather die than kill someone. It's his humanity, evident care and worry for Wren and SMILE that ultimately broke Wren's barriers and made her feel and more alive than ever.

4. Callum and Wren. Goodness. As much as Reboot is a dystopian at its core, I think it's actually equal parts action and romance. Callum and Wren's relationship was definitely the spotlight as everything Wren did was for Callum and everything Callum did was for Wren. Everything else were just consequences of their actions or ways to ultimately protect each other. It was past midnight then and my shirt's in my mouth to muffle the sounds as I squirmed and squealed in happiness and giddiness and sweetness. Some people found Reboot's love story an instalove one but I didn't notice that at all. I guess I was too smitten by Callum and too awed by Wren but I just bought their romance. Sure, Wren goes from a 178 to a pile of mush and goo, trying to save Callum all of a sudden, but can you blame her? She died when she was 12 and nobody ever treated her like Callum did. No one broke through her barriers, her walls. No one took the time to get to know her. Which made her seem aloof. But Callum never shied away from her, poked at the right buttons and in return, Wren opened up to him, cared for him. I just adore how much they care for each other. I guess you'd have to suspend disbelief and just believe in the power of love to thaw someone's heart. Gah, that was so cheesy but this book made me sappy and such a hormonal teenager.

5. Cover. Reboot's cover is simple but I find it really good because even with the minimalist design, it's completely relevant to the novel. Each Reboot has a barcode in their wrist indicating how many minutes passed before they rebooted. The cover shows a 178. The sleek black and the contrast of red just makes you want to grab the book in your bookstore and check it out, right?

6. Action. The action in Reboot is off-the-charts! While a lot of the novel was spent inside the HARC facility, the missions and their imminent plans were so action-packed. At the end, all hell breaks loose and action fans like me will drool in its awesomeness. Some people found the events at the end a bit rushed but it is rushed. They were pressed for time! And you know how in action movies all the good blowing up and crashing and exploding happens at the end and how everything happens too fast, that's how it is in Reboot. So I have no qualms that the end was so packed with events because that's how you do it! I think teenage boys will definitely enjoy the action side to this but be wary though with the romance. But just imagine Chloe Moretz as Wren, there will be no problems at all. (Chloe Moretz is hot. Yes, I know she's young but can you just imagine her guns ablazin' and running and fighting? In my mind, Chloe Moretz IS Wren. The physical descriptions fit too!)

7. All the possibilities and room to explore. The ending just showed us a glimpse of the multitude of plots and twists that the world and story of Reboot can offer. Reboot is truly just the beginning and it has successfully established the whole series. It already explained how the population has been decimated by a virus, how the HARC controls humans and reboots alike and it already paved the way for all the wonderful plot arcs that will come. I am so excited for the sequel right after reading Reboot that I dreamed about possible events in book 2. Seriously, I dreamed them. I was tossing and turning in my sleep because of all the blood and action I witnessed in my dream. You can say I got obsessed with Reboot. Who dreams about sequels still not published? Apparently, me.

I remember staying up until 3AM just to finish this novel when I had to wake up early that morning. I honest to goodness read this in one sitting. With a radically distinctive premise and story world, a kickass heroine, a very endearing hero and love interest, a makes-you-weak-in-the-knees romance, Reboot is a more-than-engaging page-turner. I highly recommend this to fans of the dystopian genre and to those looking for a fresh take on the zombie fare. I also recommend this to romance fans alike. Go read Reboot NOW!

About Amy Tintera

Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.

HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish my debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.


  1. I loved this book too. I am glad you liked it. I really loved the characters but the story building really got me too. great review.

    1. I love love love Reboot! <3 Eeeeppp, so happy you love it too! Thanks for dropping by~ <3

  2. Oh, I loved your review! I remember using this review format for one of my old reviews.. :) But you did so much better than me! <3 Good justification and explanation. ;)

    1. I use this format when I find it hard to be coherent for my review. It keeps my thoughts kind of in place. Haha! Thanks for dropping by, Precious! :DD

  3. This is usually not my genre of books to read, but after reading your well written review I'm going to give it a try. It sounds really good and I'm reading the sample pages as we speak. Thanks so much for introducing me to this book :)

    1. Aaawww, thank you! *blushes* Hope you like the sample and get to reading it through. Thanks for dropping by, Gayla! :D


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