By: Melanie | July 10, 2014 | (20) Comments

Review: Rebel by Amy TinteraRebel by Amy Tintera
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!~

4 Stars
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20 Responses to Review: Rebel by Amy Tintera

  1. Amir says:

    I really like the idea of duologies, I feel like the story is tighter with just two books in a series. I’ve yet to read a really good one and this one seem to be it! I’m so glad you enjoyed this, and even more than the first which is a good feeling to end a series IMO. And I also love the fact that there’s humor in the book in the midst of a bleak dystopian world. I’ve seen this series around but have yet to pick it up, I will def now that I see how awesome it is. It’s been awhile since I read anything dystopian too! Lovely review, Mel 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? There was no messing around here, and that’s what I love about duologies too. I hope you enjoy this, Amir–I’m quite sure you will. Thanks 🙂

  2. Happy to hear you love this series so much! There is SO much dystopian YA out there that sometimes it’s hard to find books in the genre that truly stand out. Judging by your review, it sounds like this series does just that. Great review, as always!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, there’s stacks of YA dystopians to chose from; Reboot is definitely near the top of the list for me. It’s absolutely brilliant and I hope you pick it up.

  3. I didn’t particularly love Reboot, but the reviews for Rebel have got me very excited to read it. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it as well, Mel.
    I also tend to not enjoy dual perspectives, but everyone has been saying how great it is in this book.
    Also, I can understand your frustration with having too much romance in a book, but if there’s plenty of action, I don’t think I’ll mind too much.
    Great review! 🙂
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  4. Siiri says:

    Ehh, I hate being the black sheep with this series. Just didn’t work for me since I felt like it was too romance-y and kiss-y, but whatever *hairflip* I’m glad you liked this one though ha! Yes, seems like you had the same problem 😀 They’re a cute couple and I was totally rooting for them in Reboot, it’s just the fact that they’re ALWAYS freakin’ kissin *headdesk* Anyhoooow, I’m glad that Wren is still bad-a and I love that it does have humor in it (in addition to Wren’s dry one, I loved Callum’s fun side as well). I’m glad you enjoyed, Mel 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, I totally see why you aren’t a fan. I felt like there was a little too much in Reboot as well, but it began to annoy me most in Rebel.

  5. Louisa says:

    I really liked Reboot so I cannot wait to read this one! I only just realized it’s out already lol. I don’t mind the romance in this series, love Callum and Wren together 🙂

  6. Johanna says:

    ooh, badass quote there! I haven’t heard of this series before but it does sound really awesome. thanks for the review

  7. Amelia K says:

    I have seen this book quite a lot around the blogosphere but I haven’t really been bothered to pick it up–I think I should now seeing that you really enjoyed this series AND the fact that it’s a dystopian because it’s rare to see you enjoy one 😛 Great review Mel!

  8. Bennari says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Never seen these covers before but I do have the first one and it’s black and red. Perhaps the US edition? I absolutely love this series, and I still need to get to this one. It’s a shame that there were too many coincidences in this book but at least you enjoyed it. Awesome review 😀

    • Melanie says:

      Hmmm, I didn’t post any giveaway. Yep, the black and red one is the US cover–I think I might like those covers a little more than the AUS version but the AUS version has a pretty awesome and creepy eye on the side of the pages.

  9. Nara says:

    I TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT THE ROMANCE! I mean, sure, it was cute the first couple of times they held hands or kissed or whatever, but it definitely felt more and more heavy handed as the book went on. Way too much focus on the romance…
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  10. Excellent review lovely, I’m not a fan of all the sappy romance and kissing. I don’t think I’d like the sequel, because the first one was already frustrating enough for me when Wren was totally out of character when she met Callum. Glad you enjoyed it though!
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    • Melanie says:

      Thank you, Jeann 🙂 I guess Wren did become a little out of character when she met Callum, so I can see why you won’t be bothering with this one.

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