[Review] Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot
(Reboot #1)
Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 365 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance

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.

Review

OHMYGOODNESS I CAN’T BELIEVE I FINISHED THIS CRAP! *happy dance* It’s definitely a miracle I didn’t DNF it, considering how annoyed I was with so many things. Even “annoyed” doesn’t really covered my negative feeling. Reboot gets a solid one star from me.

Reboot was entirely a flat-fest. It has flat writing, flat protagonist and flat love interest. Thus, the romance also fell flat in my opinion. I know I’m overusing the word flat but really, there’s no better word to describe my feelings toward this book.

The longer you reboot, the stronger you’ll become, the less human you’ll be. Our heroine, Wren, died when she was twelve and 178 minutes later, she rebooted (aka “rose from the death”), making her currently the strongest Reboot. Now seventeen, Wren spends her time training newbies, but her latest newbie Callum (which she picked by herself, by the way) is the worst she has ever seen. Callum is only a 22, no matter how much training Wren gives him and no matter how much improvement he has made, he’s still way below Reboot standards. When told to eliminate him, Wren refuses and they both escape with the help of an officer.

Okay I’m done giving brief summary over here. Wren is my biggest problem. Technically, the longer you reboot, the less human you’ll be so Wren is supposed to be emotionless as hell. She said that there was no human left in her, that she didn’t cry and she also didn’t date. But there’s this new guy, Callum, she’s his trainer because he begged her to try training lower numbers so they could have a better survival rate – and that means him. Her relationship with him in the first 130 pages was like a teacher and a student (skip some moments in which Callum tried to “flirt” with Wren and Wren “feeling” something about Callum). Then right on chapter 14, they were supposed to be training, but you know what they’re doing?? Dancing. Yeah, right. Awesome. And a few pages later, there’s this paragraph:

“I was overwhelmed by the urge to grab both fists, yank them behind his back, and kiss him. I had never kissed anyone, but I swear I could feel his lips against mine everytime I looked at them.” – page 141

(Source) The first time I ever use a GIF in my review…

Just whaaaattt?? And no, not only that. She also wants to “lace her fingers through his” and “pull him closer to her”. Usually, I don’t mind these lines/actions in other YA books but in this case? Wren is supposed to be badass, calm, stoic, and EMOTIONLESS – keep that in mind, how come a single practically human guy makes her more hormonal? That’s if she still has hormones too. (She actually still has plenty of them, does she?)

I also have lots of issues with the love interest, Callum. He’s such a softie that he refuses to hit or kill someone. His character is very boring and lack-of-depth – as flat as an ironing board LITERALLY. I was so tired of his cheesy speeches I could have ripped the pages but then I quickly realized that I spent money on this crap so I better take good care of it. Even if it’s a horrible book.

Now, if two irritating characters get together, what would happen to the romance? If you guess an absolutely horrible romance (or any negative adjectives, actually) then congratulations! You are correct! Here, let me give you a cookie as a token of reading my ranting so far! *hands out virtual cookies*

I have one word, three syllables: INSTA-LOVE.

So one moment they just met, chapters later Wren disobeyed an order to eliminate Callum so they both escaped. Not long after that they kissed. And then a few pages and some paragraphs later they kissed again. There was A LOT of kissing and when I say A LOT, I am not kidding, guys. I counted there were TWENTY-FIVE kisses from middle of the book until the last page. It’s so sickening to read them act all lovey-dovey to one another AS IF THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE WORLD. This is too fluffy to be a dystopian novel. Ugh, if in the first book there are around 25 kisses, I can’t imagine how many kisses will be in the second book. 50? 100? I don’t know and I don’t intend to find out. Let’s just say that I won’t be continuing the series.

“[…] He grinned as he unhooked my helmet and kissed my cheek. “I’m driving here,” I said with a laugh as he kissed me again. […] I grinned as he kissed me again.” – page 359

No, I’m serious. Those three kisses happen in one page, in less than four paragraphs. It’s not a heavy make-out scene but still?? There were much more important things to do.

And not just the romance and characters, the plot didn’t really make sense either. Well, it did make sense in the beginning but as we got to the middle of the book, things started to drag and there were so many unimportant scenes in my opinion. The plot was predictable and full of cheesy twists. Sometimes the pacing was slow, yet all of a sudden it became fast and then back to slow again. One thing that I found to be outright silly is when [Highlight for SPOILER: Wren wanted to break into a high-security building, her allies said that it would be nearly impossible to get out once you were inside due to the tight security, and there were also cameras and so and so. BUT Wren managed to do all that easily that her allies sound like they were exaggerating before.] Well, not that I was expecting more dangers cause in my opinion, they got away quite easily from the previous obstacles. Or the writing made it sound too easy. Speaking of the writing, it’s so boring and flat and more like… lack of descriptions.

Oh, and the ending was really anticlimactic.

Reboot was a very disappointing dystopia, but it actually has an interesting concept. Alas, it’s completely wasted in a 365-page of boredom, fluffiness and inconsistencies.

Rating

1 Cake

19 comments

  1. Oh wow, you really do hate this book 0.0
    I totally agree with you, though, on the dancing part (Like, WTF are they doing?) and those cheesy romance. You count the kiss! But it’s true, there’s like gazillion of them all over the book.

    And, I totally feel you about Wren. She’s really infuriating and inconsistent as a heroine. And Callum is as soft as jelly -_-

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

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    1. Turns out buying this book isn’t the best decision I have ever made. Ha! I counted how many times Wren blushed too! But I kinda lost track…I counted all the kisses though xD

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    2. Turns out buying this book isn’t the best decision I have ever made. Ha! I counted how many times Wren blushed too! But I kinda lost track…I counted all the kisses though xD

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  2. Oh snap, you really didn’t like this one did you? I like finding review on the other end of things. So many bloggers loved this one, and so I’m glad to read the other end. I’m not sure where I would fall, but now I’m more interested to read this one! Great review!

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    1. Not a single bit 🙁 I hope’ll like this better than I did though! I feel like the black sheep over here, but at least I am not completely alone xD

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  3. Oh. Oh. I just bought this book because it sounded so awesome:O I usually gave an enormous problem with irritating protagonists and instalove, so I guess I’m going to procrastinate reading this book for a while;)

    Eveline’s Books

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    1. I got fooled too! The blurb screams awesomeness and tough protagonist but the content was really disappointing.

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  4. INSTA-LOVE?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I HATE, HATE, HATE insta-love! It’s so… instant! :'( I also don’t like flat characters and uneventful plot lines. So I think I’m going to give this one a pass…

    Great review anyway! I’m guessing you just needed to rant it all out?! 😉

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    1. I HATE THEM TOO! :'( it’s so unrealistic and just like you said, too instant. There were some unecessary parts that makes the plot feel like a drag. And the ending was not eventful at all even though I didn’t like the book, I thought at least the ending would be better. Turns out I was wrong and it was sorta a cliffhanger, an unecessary one t that. :/

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  5. Yikes! I’ve seen some reviews for this in the past, but I think most of them were in the middle… three stars? I don’t think I read any reviews in which the reader suffered this much! YIKES! So sorry! I don’t think I’ve ever really been interested in this one to begin with, but add in the insta-love, flat characters, and everything else. Bleh.

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    1. Ya, I thought this book was average… One of my favorite reviewers on Goodreads gave it 3 stars but I decided to read the book with an open mind. Apparently it was worse than I expected. The insta-love is definitely a turn-off. 🙁 so many people enjoyed it though…

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  6. Aw 1 cake 🙁 I was about to buy this book, but good thing I saw your review. The super shiny, pretty cover was just eye catching, but what really matters is what is in the inside right? and ermahgerd I HATE INSTA LOVE ughhhhhhhhh. Authors, stop, just stop! Ya’ll driving me cray cray with those unnecessary insta lovey dove. I also don’t like redundancy in books. I’m pretty sure we got that he kissed her ayy lawwwt. I agree how the concept is very interesting, but how the author delivered it was ehhhh.

    Leigh, LBS★

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    1. Seriously, I am so not recommending this book if you HATE insta love and cheesy romance cause it’s all over the damn book!

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  7. LOL, your review makes me laugh although I feel bad for you at the same time xD This sounds pretty bad, and I would have definitely DNFed it. The romance already makes me frustrated and I didn’t even read the book yet!

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    1. Finishing it was a torture. I actually chose to do my homework instead of reading it. And I ended up finishing it cause I got nothing else to do. I’m glad that my review made you laugh though! 😀

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  8. This sounds really really bad O___O I was excited about this but have been putting it off cuz I got other stuff to read but now that I’ve read your review, I don’t think I’ll waste my time reading this. I might just read the first chapter and see how it goes.

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. The first chapter was not bad, I admit. It just got worse and worse once the love interest was introduced. :/

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  9. All of these truelaloo!! I read Reboot some time ago, gave it a 1 star, and went on a long rant about Wren and her stupid love interest (foil character) Callum. I hated how she kept on insisting she was devoid of human feelings when she’s always sad, always guilty, always angry, and always overwhelmed by her desire to kiss him. Irritated me to no end. Needless to say, I DNFed it, but I did hear there were a lot of kissing involved which didn’t make sense to me whatsoever. LOL. I’m sorry you had to go through all that, and I’m kind of glad I didn’t. I would have raged badly.

    Awesome review!!

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    1. I was in the brink of DNFing it, it’s a miracle that I finished it. I agree, Wren is the most annoying character I ever encountered so far. They were freaking in trouble but they freaking kissed and cuddled and acted all lovey dovey I almost puked. It seems like this is supposed to be the new tagline: “The longer you reboot, the more hormonal you’ll become.” HAHA xD

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