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Reboot
     

Reboot

4.2 91
by Amy Tintera
 

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In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.

Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes.

Overview

In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.

Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.

Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tintera's debut covers familiar dystopian territory, but a riveting premise, a romance with substance, and the urgent narrative voice lend it a burst of fresh energy. When Wren was shot in a Texas slum at age 12, the virus she'd been infected with caused her to "Reboot" after 178 minutes. Reboots who have been dead as long as Wren come back strong and often emotionless, and are the best hunters and killers for the government (who offer them no rights or freedoms). When Wren, now 17, begins training Callum, who'd only been dead for 22 minutes, he challenges her beliefs in the rigid order of their society, as well as her own lack of emotion. And when Wren discovers that the weaker Reboots—including Callum and Wren's roommate Ever—are being experimented on, it sets off a desire to escape and to fight the system she's worked for since dying. Tintera occasionally rushes character development—Wren's conversion from borderline sociopath into caring human, in particular—but strong world-building and sweeping action sequences should exert a strong hold on readers. Ages 13–up. Agent: Emmanuelle Morgan, Stonesong. (May)
ALA Booklist
“A fascinating premise, delivered in gory and glorious cinematic detail—and with a healthy dose of romance…The quick pace, familiar yet altered setting, and strong humanitarian message will draw Hunger Games fans.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The combination of wicked chase scenes, a sweet romance, and a dystopian world make this a welcome recommendation to readers awaiting the final installment to Roth’s DIVERGENT (BCCB 5/11) or the next Hunger Games movie.
Veronica Rossi
“Fast paced and thrilling…I devoured this book!”
Sophie Jordan
“I don’t know what left me more breathless—the breakneck pace or the heart—stopping romance! I loved it!”
Lissa Price
“A bone–breaking heroine fights for her life, her love, and what remains of her humanity in this fresh take on a world gone wrong.”
C. J. Redwine
“Riveting, fast–paced, and full of heart—I simply couldn’t put it down.”
VOYA - Sarah Cofer
Wren 178 is one of the strongest and fastest Reboots. Her number, 178, signifies the number of minutes she was dead before rebooting, or coming back to life. Humans fear the cold and emotionless Reboots who are virtually invincible. The only way to kill a Reboot is to destroy its brain. Wren has been a reboot for five years and serves as an HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) foot soldier by capturing and killing criminals. Wren is valuable to HARC because as a 178, she appears to be void of feelings, diligently follows orders, and questions nothing. That changes when Callum 22 is among the fresh crop of newbies. Wren surprises everyone when she chooses Callum as her new trainee. In the past, Wren always chose higher number Reboots because they are more powerful and more likely to survive, but Wren is inexplicably drawn to clumsy Callum and his goofy grin. Callum's inquisitive nature and refusal to follow HARC rules allows Wren to finally see HARC through new eyes. After Wren is told that Callum needs to shape up and follow directions or they will force her to eliminate him, she decides the only way to save Callum is to help him escape, but disobeying HARC means death. Tintera's debut dystopian novel is a heart-stopping thrill ride. Adventure, danger, and suspense mashed up with a little romance and the walking dead create a fast-paced and well written suspense novel that will find good company with the Hunger Games crowd. Readers will root for Wren and Callum, and the ending is perfectly set up for a sequel. This is a unique and fresh twist on the ever-popular zombie fiction, but with the dead being both sentient and superhuman. It contains a great message about the importance of making informed decisions and not just going along with the status quo. It contains some violence, though not too descriptive. This one will be popular. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—Wren 178 is a Reboot-one of the lucky (or unlucky) few who rise from the dead following contamination from the virus KDH. The disease kills most people, but the young and strong come back, although they don't come back quite human. After dying five years ago at the age of 12, Wren is now a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Because she was dead for 178 minutes, the longest time on record, she is stronger and deadlier than all other Reboots in her center, which entitles her to first choice of each new batch of trainees. Generally, she chooses the kids who also have high numbers, but there's just something about Callum that speaks to her. As a 22, he is almost still human. He's slow and fragile, he questions everything, and he cares too much. Although he creeps Wren out, she finds herself becoming attracted to him and wanting to do everything in her power to keep him alive—to the point of disobeying a direct order to eliminate him when he refuses to kill a prisoner. The first half of this novel is engaging as readers are introduced to this dystopian culture, but the second half begins to drag a bit and some readers may lose interest. There is a nice setup for a sequel, but teens may not care by the time they reach that point. Better dystopian novels abound.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
This compulsively readable science-fiction debut will appeal widely. Seventeen-year-old Wren is one of many young people who, after dying of a widespread virus called KDH, came back to life. Called reboots, they are stronger and more aesthetically refined. They also tend to be more aggressive and less empathic; these traits become more pronounced with each minute spent dead. They are confined to Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation facilities, where they are forced to train as soldiers who carry out the will of their captors. Dead for a record 178 minutes before she reanimated, Wren commands respect and is reasonably satisfied with her second life. But the introduction of a new detainee, Callum, to whom she's inexplicably drawn coincides with her sickening realization that the humans have been experimenting on the lower-numbered reboots with terrifying results, leading her to forge a desperate escape. Though undeniably derivative of so many in the genre, this is a well-imagined story in its own right. Superb concepts and plotting will hook readers from the start, and though Wren echoes the reluctant-heroine trope common to many recent dystopian adventures, she is sympathetic. The tension between Wren and Callum is playful and often sweet, offering plenty to those who appreciate romance. Though the story is neatly resolved, the possibility of a sequel is still tantalizingly possible. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062217097
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Reboot , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
72,907
File size:
660 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

C.J. Redwine

“Riveting, fast–paced, and full of heart—I simply couldn’t put it down.”

Lissa Price

“A bone–breaking heroine fights for her life, her love, and what remains of her humanity in this fresh take on a world gone wrong.”

Veronica Rossi

“Fast paced and thrilling…I devoured this book!”

Sophie Jordan

“I don’t know what left me more breathless—the breakneck pace or the heart—stopping romance! I loved it!”

Meet the Author

Amy Tintera is the author of Ruined as well as the duology Reboot and Rebel. She has degrees in journalism and film and can usually be found staring into space, dreaming up ways to make her characters run for their lives. She lives in Austin, Texas. You can visit her online at www.amytintera.com.

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Reboot 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
BookishGal04 More than 1 year ago
Reboot by Amy Tintera was a great book! My attention was caught by the title of the book, as well as the words on front.                     5 Years Ago, I Died                           178 Minutes Later, I Woke Up. The premise of a reboot sounded quite interesting. I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was thinking it would be similar to a post-apocalyptic video game sort of series. I could not have been more wrong, Reboot at its basest level is somewhat of a zombie story. Not entirely however. Without giving too much detail, Reboot follows the story of Wren-178, how she got this name is explained early. 178 stands for the number of minutes she was ‘dead.’ How did she come back to life you ask? Even this is not explained too much in the book, suffice to say that humans were looking for a scientific ‘fountain of youth’ and it turned out wrong. In Reboot we are introduced to the concept of these ‘reborn’ humans as second-class citizens. They are made to stay in barracks and be the enforcers as Reboots are unable to get sick and regenerate. Right away, this book grapples with a lot, similar to Partials, we encounter a demographic oppressed by mankind. The Reboots may look human, but they are not treated that way. Their freedoms are restricted. What makes Reboot into a great story is the character development. Wren at the beginning of the book has life in a neat bubble, she eats, sleeps, works, doing the assignments asked of her without hesitation. From her perspective, nothing is wrong with this, all is as it should be, and her actions are helping the greater good for humanity. It's not until we are introduced to Callum-22 that things really begin to change and Wren realizes that there is more to life. Callum teaches her to laugh, to have fun, to realize that she is human, no matter how much she pretends to ignore it. If you enjoy stories set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society you will for certain enjoy Reboot. I found it hard to place down when I started and eagerly anticipate forthcoming books in this series. Tintera wrote well and the story-line was easy to follow, yet also not predictable. For this reason I am giving Reboot 5/5 stars, take the time to read it, you’ll not regret it, and you'll come to love the characters of Wren and Callum. 
Michelle_Krys More than 1 year ago
Guys, real talk: this book is too good. I am reduced to one and two word sentences after reading this book.  -Badass-Romantic-Thrilling-Fast-paced-Sexy-Callum so sexy-Want Callum -So bad It’s hard to understand how one book could be this amazing. I loved every single minute of my life while reading REBOOT. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You'll thank me later. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason the title didn't clue me in that the book is essentially about zombies, although they are referred to as Reboots. But it is so well written and the background is so well explained it makes it very relateable and believable. If you like sci fi or even just a general good read this book is a must! Bravo Amy Tintera! Write me another.
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fast-paced, thrilling ride of a read?   If so, Amy Tintera's Reboot should be your next read!  I know, I know...Zombies?  But wait, not really!  Only if the Zombies of your mind are realistic, teenage, self-healing, lethal soldiers who have so many more dimensions than what you imagine.  That, partnered with exhilarating fight scenes, witty and lovable characters and an evil corporation that is not all it seems; creates this one of a kind novels not to be missed! Tintera does a surprisingly awesome job creating a very believable world for Wren and Callum that gives you a front row seat into the action from page one.  She has a visually descriptive way with words that builds this beautifully horrific world and within that world grows something that seems nearly impossible to find, but against all odds, our main characters stumble into each other's lives (or non-lives) and set course for an exhilarating ride! I absolutely cannot wait for the next in this exciting series!  A great addition for YA Readers everywhere!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate reading but my teacher recomeded this book to me and i loved it. I read it twice and never lost intrest, ever. This is a one of a kind book and i cant read till i get to read the next one "Rebell". If u love action and are intrested in a little love story of to people escaping to geather, their is no better book then this heart stopping thriller. I recomeded this book with five stars and two thumbs up. Escape into this book as Wren and Calluim escape their nightmare. You will not be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. I am actually surprised by how good it was. the book offers something new to the table. The plot is set in the future and the book brings a new idea to the sideffects of a disease gone wrong. It was fast paced and the characters are surprisingly relateable. I felt as if the book ended too abruptly and would like to know more about what happened. I am hoping there will be a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every second! Left me wanting more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 55 & a sci fi fan. Great book. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is extremely unique and interesting. Theres nonstop suspense and the relationship between the two main characters is beautiful. Love love love love this book. Highly recommend. Must read.
Anonymous 12 months ago
It was a great story! It was fun to watch Wren grow and see Callum's and Wren's innocent love story especially considering that love got them through. Great mix of action and romance!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’d been hearing plenty of buzz about “Reboot” long before it came out, without ever thinking I should read it. Then I saw it named on a list of anticipated YA Novels and fell in love with the premise. I added it to my pile and kept my fingers crossed that–when I got to it–it’d be worth the wait. When I checked this out, it came with a stack of other books. Most of those had been on my TBR list much longer, and I promised myself I would read through the novels in order or oldest to most recently added. That lasted almost a week. Maybe. As soon as I picked up Amy Tintera’s debut, I read the first 80 or so pages without stopping. If I hadn’t had to get up early the next morning, I would’ve kept going. Though I’ve read a lot of great YA novels with hardass female protagonists, I was immediately taken with the idea of a girl who follows orders without emotion because she doesn’t know what else to do. Reboots are young people who have come back to life after death. Wren, who was dead much longer than the others, is the most powerful reboot in what remains of the U.S. And until she starts training the significantly weaker Callum, she doesn’t bother to question who commands her loyalty. The questions of humanity and what defines it were a large portion of what fascinated me about this story. Watching Wren make the subtle shift from being removed from reboots and humans alike, to learning to recognize the humanness she still possesses was what made Tintera’s novel shine. In spite of what both sides have been taught to believe, humanity in this post revolution world is far more complex than being on round one of life or not. The side characters shone brightly, and the revelations Wren makes about some of them accounted for many of the most moving parts of the story. Callum, in particular, was an awesome character–one whose eternal cheerfulness acts as his own defense. Usually love interests who actively pursue the protagonist garner more suspicion than interest on my part. And yet, I can’t help feeling that what we’re going to learn about Callum in the next book will only make me like him more. If I had one issue with “Reboot,” it was the abruptness of the ending. Even though this is only book one, I expected a lot more complications in the final climactic scene. From the minute the final plan goes into effect, I thought Wren and the others had way too easy of a time reaching their goals and putting phase two into action. Part of me was expecting some large kicker of an ending, something that would befuddle and mesmerize me, leave me salivating for the next book. Instead of being desperate for more pages, I was confused that we’d reached the ending so easily. With any luck, Tintera will up the tension like crazy in the sequel, but regardless, “Reboot” is definitely worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reboot was just amazing. Between the girl power of the main character and the story itself. I'm so upset its only a duology
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
Alright, so I bought Reboot quite a while ago, but I hadn’t had the chance to read it until now. Now I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Reboot starts off en medias res, which is one of my favorite ways of beginning a book. Wren is on assignment, which means she’s doing the HARC’s—the government’s—dirty work, bringing what the HARC deems a “criminal.” She’s emotionless and follows all orders, because that’s what she’s been trained to do. It also helps that she’s a 178, which means she was dead for one-hundred seventy-eight minutes before she “rebooted.” You see, the cool (and extremely original) thing about this book is that some humans—mostly young ones—die and, if they had the KDH virus at some point in their lives, they reboot. Reboots are faster, stronger, and heal quicker than humans, but there’s a catch. They feel less emotion than humans do. In other words, they’re less human. The more time between your death and your reboot, the less human you are. Because of this, humans shunned them and the HARC made them into their little soldiers. Humans are still terrified of Reboots, but because of the fact that they outweigh Reboots in number, they have control over them. For now. That’s when the story comes in. Wren is the highest number Reboot, which means she’s special to the HARC. She’s stronger, faster, and less human than any other Reboot, which makes her the perfect soldier. She never questions orders, and why should she? The HARC has given her a better life than she had as a child. Wren is really relatable, which is funny to say because she’s supposed to be the least human out of all of the characters. But she’s been trained to be less human, trained to kill without thought, and trained to stamp down any emotion she does have. I can completely understand why she does what she does, and I never once judge her. Her backstory is truly devastating, and I love that she isn’t perfect—that she has issues—because it makes her even more realistic. Callum is a 22. This means he’s practically still human, which makes him undesirable to the HARC, but they still give him a shot (oh wow, I did not mean to make that pun until I re-read this review). He’s essentially the comic relief of the whole novel, as well as the spark that lit the fire under Wren. Because of Callum, Wren is beginning to question the HARC, as well as wonder if she’s doing the right thing. However, when one of Wren’s friends suffers the consequences of the HARC’s choices, Wren must face a difficult choice that will change her life and many others around her. I loved the characters in this novel. They were all extremely relatable, and it was super interesting to see the humans as the “bad guys” in this novel, while the Reboots were just victims in everything. Some humans are okay, like Len, but others are downright despicable and believe all the lies the HARC ever told them. All of the characters’ backstories—Wren’s especially—made them truly three-dimensional, which is something I definitely love in a novel. I found myself not wanting to stop reading and constantly turning the pages to see what happened next. The book was action-packed, but not to an extreme, which allowed me to keep reading hours at a time. Tintera truly found a way to balance everything in the novel, which made for a fantastic read. I definitely look forward to any more novels of hers. Though this book is part of a series, it doesn’t end in a true cliffhanger. Some might still want to know what happens, but I found myself perfectly satisfied with the ending this novel had. I will still be on the lookout for the next books in the series, but it’s not completely necessary if you feel comfortable with the ending. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves science fiction, action, relatable characters, and romance. Even if you generally don’t like romance, I still recommend this book for you, because there are still enough of other elements to not make this a romance novel, but the romance is an important factor in it. In general, if you like losing yourself in a book, this book is for you.
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Is this the first?
thebookneard More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! It was so creative of Amy Tintera. I loved the characters and the while story. I totally recommend this book. And make sure that you read to second book, Rebel. I guaranteed that it will be as good as this book.
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I love this book!!!!
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This book is great to read if you like action books! Id recommend it. 5 stars!
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An excellent story.