Series: Reboot #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 7th 2013
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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 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.
Wren is a 178. The top of the top in a group of reanimated humans. The longer you are dead, the more deadly you are, and Wren is deadly. At 178, Wren is faster and has higher senses than most other Reboots. And she like it that way. When Callum, a new Reboot, enters into the Reboot program as a 22, it seems that he is done for. To make it as a Reboot, the higher your number, the better your chances. But Callum isn't give up so easily.
It never fails. Mention robots, dystopian, and / or post-apocalyptic something and I am all over it. Reboot is a prime example. Based on the premise, I HAD to read it.
Reboot starts off really strong. I loved Wren right away. Her strength. Her differentness from most other female characters. Even when the romance started, Wren stayed pretty true to who she was from the beginning. Oh sure, there is a bit of a softening, but it wasn't like she changed into a completely different character just because of a boy. As for Callum, it was hard not to like him. A little goofy, to be sure, but a nice balance to Wren's seriousness.
The only really issue I had with Reboot was the pacing. One moment, plot build up. The next action. Then details. Then more action. It had enough action and plot to keep me entertained, but some of the down moments were a little flat for me. However, by the end, which is a cliffhanger by the way, I was totally on board with this being a series.
There are parts of Reboot that I loved. Then, there are parts that I was bored. Combined, Reboot was a decent read that left me wanting more by the ending.
Will I read the next installment:
If the cliffhanger had not been set up as it was, I am not sure this would have been a series that I would have wanted the next installment to. While I did like the read, it wasn't one that I loved every moment of. So, yes, thanks to the cliffhanger, I think I will try the next one.