Format: Available for eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
Series: book 1 of 3 Reboot series
Rated: 14+ language, graphic/violent scene
GenreGenre: Young Adult
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13517455-reboot
In this futuristic book, when a child dies and has the KDH gene, they get to be Rebooted into these super-human beings. Each minute that a person spends dead before rebooting makes them a better Reboot and with less emotions.
We follow around Wren, a 17 year-old Reboot who is a level , which is the highest of any other Reboot they have at the training center. She is free from emotion and doesn’t fit in with her peers. She is good at what she does, hunting humans and rogue Reboots and she wants to keep it that way.
A new class of Reboots comes in and the lowest/weakest one Callum at 22, takes a liking to her. He talks to her, despite it being socially unacceptable by their peers and asks her a lot of questions, despite her hostile attitude towards him.
Eventually, he is able to break down her defenses and convinces her to choose him as her recruit, rather than a higher ranked Reboot. Wren is confused by Callum as she knows that he is weak and will most likely die, but can’t seem the emotions she gets around him (the 1st time that has happened to her in her life).
When they start going on missions, Wren sees how human Callum still is and how he lets emotions control him. Instead of making her angry, she finds herself opening up to him.
The leaders are not happy that their prodigy is starting to slack in her duties and try to get her back on track but all that does is anger her more as she starts to see the negative sides of the life that she has been living in the center. She doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Callum and she will do anything to save him, even rebel against the system that saved her from her rough childhood.
After they are able to escape HARC they realize just how bad it is for them in there and just how afraid the humans are afraid of them out of there. They make a pact with rebel humans and reboots in an attempt to stop HARC and stop the disease that is taking over innocent low reboots like Callum.
The story of a tough girl softening because of love has been told a lot, especially with young adult Fiction. I had liked that in Hunger Game and Divergent, but that’s not why I started reading this book. I liked it because the concept was different and I am a sucker for a good rebellion book.
What I like about Wren’s character is not the fact that she doesn’t know how to show emotion, it’s that she’s afraid to. She’s afraid of rejection and I think that is something we can relate to. She was so timid to show any kind of skin to anyone because of the scars she received when she was a kid. She’s afraid that they will think of her as ugly and not good enough, which is exactly how she felt growing up.
Callum is one of those people who do things without thinking about it all the way through. He started talking to Wren even though it wasn’t socially acceptable to do it; he deliberately disobeyed orders because he didn’t think it was right and not know about how it would affect Wren; and he asks too many questions that raise suspicion towards him. He’s hopeless at times as he doesn’t quit on Wren and tries everything he can to make her feel things again.
One thing that I didn’t like about this story was the lack of secondary characters and the lack of development of the villain. There were a few secondary characters that would have helpful to develop more, like Leb, Ever, and Addie and maybe they will in the future books. It was the lack of development of Officer Mayer, the ‘villain’ of the series, that really bothered me. He represents HARC which is ultimately the conflict of the book but we know nothing about him. We only see him a few times in the book and it was a very short interaction between him and Wren.
Overall it was a good introduction to the series, but a little more development would be helpful for the book. I can't really appreciate the war against HARC if I don't have a lot of good evidence to hating them and so far, this book didn't show me enough.
Recommendations: Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey