03/04/2014

Review: Reboot {Amy Tintera}


 
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot in the chest.
After 178 minutes, she came back.

Reboots are stronger, faster and less emotional. The longer Reboots were dead, the less human they are when they return.

Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas and serves as a soldier for HARC.Her favourite part of the job is training the new recruits, and Callum Reyes is the worst she has ever seen.

As a 22, he's practically human; slow reflexes, never-ending curiosity and a ghost of a smile always present. But there's something about him Wren can't ignore.

When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren has one chance to get him in line, or she'll be forced to eliminate him. 178 has never disobeyed before and she knows if she does, she'll be eliminated too. But she also knows she's never felt as alive – as human – as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

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Pseudo-zombies enslaved to do the government's dirty work? This was a plot with amazing potential and one I felt stood out a little from from the crowd of my TBR. Unfortunately, there was a lot left to be desired.

Reboots aren't considered human and are seen as soulless, which makes them perfect slaves for the government; they're strong, fast, able to heal, and they don't feel things the way humans do. Which means they make better killers.

Wren 178, the deadliest Reboot in Texas, is a prime example of this. Or, at least, she's supposed to be. But really Wren just comes off more bratty and aloof than anything, and her standoffishness isn't intimidating. In fact, it makes her seem just like any other teenager out there.

Yes, Wren is a good fighter, but I never got the sense that she was truly dangerous. And I wanted to. I wanted her to begin as someone who had hindered emotions and then gradually grew. But as it was, she was still very much human in my eyes, so her interactions with Callum and how they affected her choices, didn't show the dramatic and surprising character growth I was expecting.

The book begins strong, jumping right into the action, but it fell flat from there. The initial burst of adrenaline the first couple of chapters offered, were replaced with mundane routines and quite boring and stereotypical character interactions.

When Callum comes on the scene, his refreshing ability to actually hold a conversation provided a nice change from Wren. Who apparently thinks not smiling makes you extremely deadly. I liked that Callum wasn't the archetypal dystopian boy, who was perfect at everything and a great fighter. It was a nice role-reversal, to see Wren training him and kicking his ass, while Callum floundered, completely unable to fight.

The thing is, Callum smiles. A lot. Every time he speaks or does anything, he smiles. In fact, I think that's pretty much 95% of his actions and 95% of every description of him; it's all smiles. And, boy, does it get annoying. I appreciated his humour, and found him rather witty. But there are only so many times I can read 'Callum smiled' before I want to stick a fork in my eye.

I didn't buy their romance either. It wasn't quite insta-love, but Wren did seem to fall for Callum awfully fast, and was willing to sacrifice her life for him quite early on. It was just a bit too much too soon and, if the entire book is based off of their relationship opening Wren's eyes and changing her perspective, I expect said relationship to be more developed. And to involve more than just Wren kicking Callum's ass and Callum smiling.

An interesting side-plot, that fell to the side in favour of the romance, were the experiments on Reboots that seemed to be turning them into the good old-fashioned zombies we all know and love. I expect this will become a bigger plot-point in the sequel, however I would've liked it to play a larger part in this book. It was one of the most interesting aspects, and it seemed to be glossed over quite a bit so Wren and Callum could kiss more.

Reboot wasn't the original zombie read I was after. It did offer some entertainment and the action scenes were solid, but Wren fell into the typical 'love-struck girl' role, and her fierceness dissipated as the book gained pace.

"Humans had a brightness to them, a glow that only death extinguished." 


 

 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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29 comments:

  1. Totally agree with your review, great job! For some reason I thnk the next book in the series will be better

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    1. I think so too – this was very much a 'setting the scene' kind of book. Kind of like the first movie in a superhero film lol

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  2. Oh I so agree with you on this one. I'm not sure if I will pick up the second book, because I don't really remember the ending. That's usually a sign that the series and I are not meant to be.

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    1. Yeah, I can see what you mean. If you don't like the first book, there's really no point in picking up the next ones. I am curious though, I'll admit. Mostly because I feel like the more interesting plot points that were neglected in this book might be explored more in book 2. I hope I'm right or, when I eventually do end up picking up the second one, I'll end up DNF'ing . . . which I hate doing

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  3. I liked Callum too, but I mean.. he got on my nerves a lot too by the end of the book with his constant smiling. AND WTF YES! I love my romance, but this was just so wtf. I was like.. ARE THEY SRSLY JUST MAKING OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLEFIELD WHERE EVERYONE IS HUNTING FOR THEIR HEADS? *shakes head* Yeahhh.. It really did turn into a love fest and it was jut so very awkward since the beginnig was so bad-a. I'm sorry this wasn't your favorite read, but I am glad that someone finally agrees with me on some things. Great review, Allie!

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    1. YES, SIIRI! What was with all the kissing in the middle of the battles? "Hey we're running for a lives . . . fancy a snog?' WHAT IS THAT?! It just made it seem all the more awkward.

      And if I read book 2 and Callum smiles within the first five pages, I'm going to write Amy Tintera a strongly worded letter haha

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  4. I remember actually really liking this one last year and having it pull me out of a MAJOR reading slump I was in. in all honesty I don't remember the ending all that much but i probably will pick up the next book in the series just because im curouis. And lol yeah the romance defiently had it's eye rolling moments but i also did enjoy it since it was what sort of brough Wren out of the whole state she was in.
    Great review Allie :)
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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    1. A lot of people really enjoyed it, but you know how grumpy I can be sometimes ;)

      I think my main gripe was that I expected this bad-ass unique zombie book with a lot of action and great character development, but it was just a romance in disguise and that really let me down. I think book 2 will be less about the romance though, and more about the war etc. (and least, I hope so!)

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  5. Sounds like a neat premise, I think i will keep it on the backburner
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. It's definitely a really cool story with a lot of potential. I just wish that potential was fulfilled in the first book.

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  6. I agree with your review! I enjoyed this book, but I think this isn't an epic book that I've already forgotten most of the story. I agree about Wren, I wasn't convinced that she was a strong human. She also had plenty emontions, it's contradictive with what the blurb said.
    I remember I liked Callum, he was a little bit refreshing, but my bad I forget many things about him. I just remember the dance scene.. I love many dance scenes...

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    1. You know, I was actually thinking about that today; I'm trying to remember the book now and I literally can hardly remember a thing except for the ending. And Callum's smiling. Which is NOT a good sign.

      The dance scene was actually adorable! I loved that Wren thought of that as a way to help him fight

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  7. Sorry to hear this one fell flat for you, I guess I enjoyed the ending more and felt that wren was a little more dangerous and like the callum aspecet

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    1. I liked the idea of Callum's character a lot, but the execution was just so boring and I found his character really repetitive :(

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  8. This is kind of one of my favourites, hehe!! BUT I TOTALLY GET YOUR POINTS! I never noticed how much Callum smiled! Aaand, I didn't understand Wren's "I have no emotion" because she showed emotion from beginning to end. I did think the ending was too easy, though. It was basically just "Oh wait, we're reached our page quota and now we must wait for the sequel". I'm pretty excited for Rebel, though. x)

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    1. Ooooh *hides*. Forgive me? LOL.

      Yeah, Wren showed emotion from the first page when she was talking about hating it when they screamed! I really wanted her to be more of a 'shell' at first, so that her interactions with Callum would be really surprising and show amazing character development etc. But that's not how it played out :/

      I will disagree on the ending though! I actually liked that and thought it ended on a good place! I think Rebel will be a lot more interesting as it should focus more on the Reboots and less on obsessive smiling and inappropriately-timed kisses!

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  9. I don't know why I've been putting this one off for so long, but I can definitely see where you're coming from. It really is annoying when characters have only a small layer of depth and when there's a slight layer of instalove involved. Nonetheless, this definitely sounds like something interesting. Thanks so much for sharing Allie and, as always, brilliant review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. It is a really interesting plot; I just wanted so much MORE from it. It didn't live up to this image I had in my head and just ended up being kind of bland. Maybe as the series progresses it'll find its footing though!

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  10. I definitely agree with you, especially on their romance! The book started out strong at first, but when the love enter, it just made me lost some interest -_-
    Anyway, great review!

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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    1. Totally agree. When Callum came on the scene, things started getting predictable and just a bit boring. Which is weird, because surely when his character is introduced the book is supposed to get more intense and exciting.

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  11. I was kind of wondering about this one, and the premise sounds interesting but I wasn't sure about it. The romance sounds disappointing! And the loss of bad-assness is lame!

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    1. Yep! I want to read a book where the female character retains her bad-assness, even after she has a boyfriend. They do exist. Just unfortunately not in this book

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  12. Sorry this wasn't a winner for you. I think I'd want to hit Callum with all his smiling. LOL

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    1. I very nearly did jump into the pages and give him a good smack. I resisted though :P

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  13. Great review Allie, I felt exactly the same way about the romance and about Wren's inconsistent character. And boy, was Callum annoying. I decided not to pick up the next book, but keen to hear what you think if you do end up reading it.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. I think he was quite possibly one of the most frustrating love interests I've read about. Every time I warmed up to him, he said something really cliche or started incessantly smiling again and I just lost interest all over again lol

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  14. Like Cait, I enjoyed this one, but I do see what you're saying about their relationship. And that smiling :)
    I'm looking forward to the next book!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. You'll probably end up reading it before I do, so I'd love to know what you think and whether it's an improvement!

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  15. I totally understand what you are saying about the characters. Even though Wren started off as this kick-ass awesome character, I never got the "monster" and "emotionless" vibe off her, like the book kept trying to remind me. And mister smiles was boring and annoying and whiny. nty.
    But otherwise, I'mm actually a fan of this book. Too bad it didn't work for you!

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