By Amy Tintera
Narrated By Khristine Hvam
PUBLISHER Harper Audio
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Release Date: 05-07-13
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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 17 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 - Callum Reyes - is the worst she's ever seen. As a 22, Callum is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet, he's still her newbie. 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 that 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.
At a Glance:
Reboot was like a mixture of Vampires, Zombies, Robots and Judge Dredd, though it was none of these things, and I ate up every bit of it. With action, twists, great futuristic world-building, and a cute romance, this is a book most people will really enjoy.
When I got this for review, I saw the name Khristine Hvam and it was an immediate yes. I loved her narration of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I wasn't disappointed in her reading of Reboot. She has a great voice, and has a good range of character voices. I love the intensity and emotion she brought to the book. I really feel like she helped make the book even better. Yes, this is one you should buy!
I Want to be a Reboot:
One of the great things a book (an author) can do, is make it to where, even if the situation is horrible, part of you still kind-of wants to BE the main character. I know that Wren is basically....well....dead, and that she's told what to do and her life isn't exactly awesome, but I still want to be her! She was just cool. I loved how hard core she was. Not just that fact that she could knock you on your face in two seconds flat, but also that after she did, she'd tell you to get your whiny butt up and let her do it again. I loved her flat, dry humor, and I loved that she was basically like a super hero. Yeah, if I die....I hope I reboot! And I hope it's after 179 minutes!
A Sad World:
Amy Tintera does a great job showing the desperation and decline of society. The way that the humans treat the reboots is both sad and sadly realistic. People hate what they don't know. I really felt like I could visualize the cities and HARC where the Reboots live. The Reboots' job is to capture criminals and sick people, bring them into HARC (or sometimes kill them), and never ask questions about why.
Gruesome Action and a Sick Twist:
The Reboots are definitely not timid when it comes to violence. There's quite a bit of fighting, bone breaking (then replacing of the bone....), shooting, blood and death. It's definitely not for the faint of heart, but I have to admit, I really like the action. Oh yeah, and there's something pretty disgusting that happens sometimes at lunch. I won't say just in case you haven't heard, but.....vomit.
178 + 22 = Adorable:
When Wren first meets 22 (Callum), she's anything but impressed. But after awhile, his adorable charms and never ending patience wins 178 (Wren) over. I really loved them together. I love how hard she was, and how he just let her insults roll off him. They reminded me a little of Katniss and Peeta in the way that he was pretty much useless in this arena, and she was completely proficient and callused, but still she needs him as much, if not more than, he needs her.
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- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Heavy