Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot HeaderSomehow, without my knowledge, I managed to fit a zombie book on my “need to read” list for the year.  Ok, Reboot isn’t technically about zombies, but it comes close enough.

In actuality I picked up Reboot because it vaguely reminded me of a recently starting comic book called Lazarus, and I really didn’t feel like waiting months at a time to get little spurts of story when I could just read a whole story in a similar vein all at once.  Plus, with a female lead of the young adult category of books in an alternate future/reality, how could I not hope for another book comparable to The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Firth Wave as I wait for those last two series to end?

Here’s the basic premise:  Thanks to a virus called KDH, the population has plunged drastically.  Well, kind of.  I guess technically the population drop could have been worse had some of the younger members of society not somehow come back to life after dying.  Some would call this a miracle seeing as they’re not going around demanding brains; others would call this a great way to build an army of law enforcers keeping the rest of humanity in check.  This is a story about the latter.

Our way into this world is through a girl named Wren, who was dead for 178 minutes before coming back from the dead.  Most reboot in less time than Wren, and this high number gives her a lot of status among the other reboots, along with her unbeatable skills when it comes to going out on assignments for HARC.  These details also make her someone others shy away from, so as any teen girl with emotions will do, she develops quite the complex about herself.

Until 22 comes sliding under her nose.  No really, he slides past her feet in his introduction.  It could just be me, but there was something about this “meet cute” that made it anything but because I interpreted the character as being a little boy, as opposed to actually being the same age as Wren.  I eventually came around, but it took a long time for me to get past this first impression and finally be able to see him as a romantic lead for Wren.  I just wish Wren had been a little more hesitant as well.

As a main character Wren is fine, but I was hoping for her to be a little more antagonistic to her male counterpart, with strength and defiance I expected her to have considering the other details provided about her.  But instead of getting another Katniss or Tris, we get a more insecure character who thinks a whole lot about kissing as her crush takes focus in her inner monologue.  I’m all for these teen romances, I love sheepishly smiling into my books as I fall for the boys that the female leads do, but I like the process of falling for someone to go a little slower because it allows more time with the main character as herself and not as who she is because of a boy.

Not only that, but I’m still a little iffy on the actual story.  Conceptually Reboot is great and I really want to know more about this world in concern to the goals of HARC in controlling the humans and reboots, but it does get away from me when some of the reanimated characters start acting more and more like flesh-craving zombies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the zombie genre, but I need to see more about where this story is going before I filly accept this choice.

Reboot still manages to be a decent story and a quick read, so it’s hard to really knock it too much, I just hoped for more thanks to the other books I have read before this.  But when you get through those series, then consider giving Reboot a chance.

Final Grade: 3.5 out of 5     

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