Sunday, August 17, 2014

Reboot: Reboot #1 by Amy Tintera

Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
My Rating: 3 STARS
Goodreads Blurb:
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.

My Thoughts:
The blurb gives you the basic information that you need to know about the world where Reboot takes place, so I won't really delve into that too much.
Characters:
Wren 178- Wren is the narrator, so we see the world through her eyes. I thought Wren was kind of dull. That could be because she's supposed to not have strong emotions after being dead for so long, and maybe that was intentional, and  intended, but she was just really dull, and at times annoying and unlikable. And the blurb makes her sound really badass-and maybe this was just me- but I didn't really see that. She was like a potato: emotionless, hard, and dull.
Callum 22- The love interest. He wasn't developed properly, we didn't actually see much of him, and he doesn't have enough personality. He's too washed out as a character. He wasn't painted with the vibrant colors that you'd expect for a main character. Rate that metaphor on a scale of 1-10 in the comments. I think it's a pretty damn good metaphor, if I do say so myself.
ANYWAY
Other than Callum and Wren, we don't really see that many other characters. There is a clear antagonist, however we can't visualize what the antagonist is and what they want. We only know second hand info, from the other character, so we didn't really get a feel for who Team Bad really is.
We don't actually see that many other characters in this book, which is a shame, because we didn't learn that much about the main characters, and I feel like we should have at least met more characters because of that.
Plot:
Plotwise, this book is kind of lacking. Nothing really big happened, except for the climactic last couple of chapters. It feels like it was kind of drawn out. With the amount of plot this book has, it could have been compressed into a 100 pages, which is about 1/3 of the amount of pages in the book. And like I said, character development was also lacking, and I don't know where the pages went, because not much happened.
Romance:
This romance was really abrupt. There wasn't a lot of cutesiness, or flirtation. It just kind of happened. One page it wasn't there, and then the next page it's there. I don't know. I just wasn't into it.
My Opinion:
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this book. I feel like so much more could have been done with it, and the writing didn't do the world justice. It was okay. I'll probably read the sequel. Maybe I'll like it more than I liked this one.
These are my thoughts on Reboot. I don't think it's something you absolutely need to read, because of all these reasons. Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree? Disagree? I'll talk to you next time.
-Swathi

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