Series: , #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she died five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed and healing - along with a lack of emotions - Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.
Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot Reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.
With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there is only one option left...
It's time for Reboots to become rebels.
Amy Tintera’s Reboot is one of those rare dystopian series that are actually REALLY good. I’ve read multiple dystopian novels, and the Reboot Duology definitely stands near the top of my favourites.
While Reboot is narrated only by Wren, Tintera’s sequel is narrated by both the main characters, Wren and Callum. And unlike some novels that have dual-perspectives, I could tell the difference between the two voices. Both are very distinct from the other and I loved both Wren and Callum’s perspective equally. Wren died and came back to life 178 minutes later as a Reboot; in the first instalment, we find out that the longer you stay dead, the less human you are. Wren is one of the most least-human Reboots anyone has ever met. On the other hand there’s Callum, who came back to life after 22 minutes–he’s practically still human. I loved Wren for her badass-ery and how strong she was to stand by her beliefs and what she thinks is right, and Callum balances out her occasional rashness with his reason. These two were a perfect duo and I think they both stand as fantastic characters on their own–with great traits–but together, they make this awesome, ass-kicking, strong on the inside and out team that I will love for eternity.
“I sort of liked the sound of bones breaking. It was like home.”
Also, totally unrelated but I found myself laughing and snorting a lot in this novel. It’s rare for a bleak ole’ dytopian to have some humour so this was absolutely awesome for a change. Wren’s dry humour…LOVED IT!
I only have two small problems with this book; the first one is rather small, because I loved it regardless. The romance. I felt like there was a little too much of it. It didn’t overthrow the plot line and action (there was PLENTY of that), but I felt like this book spent too much time on kissing and more kissing. There’s kissing nearly every chapter. While I totally approve of this love-triangle free romance that isn’t overly angsty, there was just too much focus on it, in my opinion. But regardless, Wren and Callum and so sweet; they work brilliantly together and their chemistry was genuine and I loved their conversations–from serious talk to the banter.
Second quibble I had with Rebel was how convenient some things turned out to be. For instance, there’s this scene when someone (I say someone because I don’t wanna spoil) is handcuffed and the guards forgot to secure and tighten he/she’s handcuffs so he/she managed to run free. And it was a really intense scene too, and I just felt like that was a situation that was a little too easy to get out of, considering how intense the situation was.
Aside from my two little issues, I fell in love with this sequel–more than the first instalment, in fact. There’s non-stop action and the novel is really intense, the characters were brilliantly built though I would have liked even more development on the world Tintera created. I highly recommend this to people who liked book 1 or anyone who wants a good dystopian series. For those who are sick of dystopians, you’ll be surprised how unique this novel is. Try it!
~Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me this copy!~
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