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Reboot [Kindle Edition]

Amy Tintera
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Book Description

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.

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Editorial Reviews Review

In this Amazon exclusive list, author Amy Tintera shares the popular TV shows that inspired Reboot.

I learned so much about writing from watching television. I know that sounds a bit odd, but TV shows have to be well-plotted, fast-paced, and feature characters you love (or love to hate) in order to be successful. There are a few in particular that inspired Reboot and influenced my writing recently:

1. Battlestar Galactica – This show asks you to think about what it means to be human. Are the Cylons lesser because they started out as a machine made by humans? How do we decide who has a soul and who has humanity?

2. The Walking Dead – Over the course of the show, different characters question just how far gone the Walkers are. They still have some brain activity left, so as I watched I always wondered – how much of the person was actually left in there?

3. Dexter – Is it ok to kill people if they’re bad? Where do we draw the line? Being inside the head of a man who loved to kill, who needed to kill in order to feel alive, is both fascinating and horrifying.

4. Friday Night Lights - This show captures small-town Texas life perfectly, and featured some of the most complex, interesting character relationships on television.

5.Buffy the Vampire Slayer – There is a lot to be learned from watching any Joss Whedon show, but Buffy taught me how to set terrible choices for characters. Do you save the world or save your boyfriend? Do you let a loved one die or sacrifice yourself? The characters in Buffy often had to make the worst, most heart-wrenching choices, and it made for riveting television.

From School Library Journal

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, AKα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062217070
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF6XN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
High concept YAs are everywhere. In my experience they either work really well (DELIRIUM, THE PROGRAM) or really not (PULSE, THE WARD). REBOOT surprising falls somewhere in the middle. There is a very cool world where resurrected teens are enslaved and forced to police humans. They have heightened senses but a lack of emotion that correlates to the length of time they were dead before rebooting.

All the the details about the Reboots are fascinating and seamlessly communicated without heavy info dumps. Wren 178 is the strongest, least human among the Reboots. Her emotions-or lack there of-were consistently interesting even as she began to relearn what it meant to feel thanks to her new trainee, Callum who as a 22 is almost shockingly human-like. I kind of loved the romance that developed between them. It was surprisingly tender and totally unconventional.

On the average side, however, the story lost momentum towards the end as it progressed in several predictable and tired directions. A few arbitrary obstacles fell into place to in order to make things more dire and add unnecessary complications. Still Wren's story has a lot to recommend it. Great dystopian worldbuilding, scary cool concept, and a role reversal romance. The next book in the Reboot series will be published in 2014. I'll be checking it out.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non Stop Action & A Unique Story May 7, 2013
Ever since I read the summary on this book, I knew I had to read it.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

DID YOU READ THAT!! The perfect soldier is done taking orders!!

I like to think my favorite book genre falls in the dystopian category... and there are tons of them out there. Many of them pretty good, some of them okay... and some of them that pull you into this world that the author has created and make you feel something for the characters and Reboot did just that for me.

Wren first entered the HARC compound when she was 12. Now At the age of seventeen she's had years of experience killing and catching people who break the laws. When she was killed five years ago, she became a Reboot and one of the deadliest ones at that. As each minute of your death ticks by you become less human, instead becoming stronger and faster and less emotional. She remembers very little of her previous life...snippets here and there, but you immediately know that it wasn't pleasant. She is known as One-Seventy-Eight.

Training the incoming Reboots is one of her favorite activities and typically her's are the most successful and live the longest. But she's pretty sure that's because she always gets the higher numbered trainees.

All the Reboots are known by the length of time that they were dead before they rose as a Reboot, instead of their names in the compound. Those under Sixty rarely last long.

Callum. OMG this boy. The swoons I had for him were epic. Callum arrives at the compound and he's a Twenty-two, one of the lowest Reboots ever. You can see how much more different he is compared to Wren, always smiling, his emotions all but plastered on his face. But he's not afraid of her like so many others are.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
My first thought after finishing this book (in one sitting): WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

Unlike anything I've read in the past few months, Reboot was so gripping and thrilling that I was unable to put it down until it was done. I found myself flying through the pages, racing to the end and at the same time, not wanting it to end. I mean, just - WOW.

In post-apocalyptic Texas (every other state in America was destroyed due to a virus), reboots are teenagers who come back to life after dying and are then given to the government as bounty hunters except the reboots don't actually get anything out of it. Ugh, can you imagine following every single order, always listening to someone else, never getting what you want to do - especially as a teenager? Yuck!

What I thought most about during this book (and what frustrated me) was how these reboots are treated so..inhumanly - not only by the government, but by their [former] families. Not an ounce of pity or kindness was given to these teens. Supposedly these reboots don't feel any emotion, but do you think they act emotionless because of their situation or because that's how they really are? I mean, if I was treated poorly and like an animal, I would probably just act emotionless out of a survival/defense mechanism.

Which brings me to Callum, sweet Callum. A 22, and such a endearing boy. From the very first scene, I was drawn to his sweet disposition. Every scene with him is filled with this tension - you want to protect him, you want him to grow, you want him to kick butt even though you know he's a 22. For some reason, he reminded me a lot of Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I think it was their kind hearts and adoration they held for their girls.

Reboot is one that fans of Divergent are going to want to pick up for sure. It's heart-racing, action packed, and had me begging for more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a new favorite YA heroine. May 7, 2013
4.5 stars

Step right up, Wren, and take your place among my list of favorite heroines. I suspect stoic, petite Wren, who also happens to be a total bad-ass and, ummm, DEAD, will join the list of many other readers' favorite YA heroines, too. Combine Wren with the more emotional but equally dead Callum, and you've got the makings of a fabulous, unforgettable couple. Wren is much stronger than Callum, both physically and mentally, and her biggest challenge as Callum's human-capturing trainer is preventing him from getting killed.

Wren, known as 178 in reference to the number of minutes she was dead before coming back to life, is a legend among both her fellow Reboots and the humans who imprison her. Her 178 minutes surpass her fellow Reboots, and she is tougher, stronger, and more fearless as a result. She engenders a certain level of respect from humans and has never given them any reason to mistrust or doubt her...yet. Referring to the Reboots by their numbers, not their names, emphasizes the fact that they are not human. They are mere instruments of murder in this dystopian society where humans value them for their services but are perfectly willing to kill the Reboots when they've outlived their usefulness.

The Reboots have an interesting little society with a pecking order based on their numbers. The highest, like Wren, have a bit more freedom than the others. The lowest are usually just biding their time until they are permanently killed. There are cliques just like with any other group of (living) teenagers. The lower-numbered ones enjoy a bit of emotion and social interaction, while Wren and her ilk have nearly forgotten how to express any emotion.

The action is incredible: non-stop and intense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story.
I really enjoyed this novel and loved that the story wrapped up so nicely, the author could go on with the story but it doesn't leave you hanging. I love a book with good closure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JVM RN
5.0 out of 5 stars sigh. now the waiting!
Read too fast to over analyze possible plot holes. The only thing I care about now is acquiring and reading the sequel as fast as possible.
Published 1 month ago by Alethea & Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and New
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I was looking for a good dystopian when I picked up Reboot and boy did it deliver. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mariko
5.0 out of 5 stars I counted down the days until this book came out!
I love love loved this book. I waited for it to come out for forever. It was my graduation gift to myself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bertanini
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
5 stars

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I rarely give 5 stars. I am ,in fact, very stingy with them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ButterfrogT
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Definitely a lot better than I thought it would be. I like how the progression on characters is nice and even throughout the book.
Published 2 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars different
This story is about Wren Connolly who died then after 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal fast, and less emotional or is she really less... Read more
Published 2 months ago by my reads
4.0 out of 5 stars When Robots are the victims
There are so many books out there that have to do with robot apocalypses where humans have to outrun them and then you have some badass guy take them one by one and save everyone... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Spiced Latte
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Well written, a new exciting story line, recommend to anyone looking to kill a couple hours with some easy exciting reading.
Published 2 months ago by Kathryne Dilisio
4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian romance
The population of the United States has shrunk greatly, due to a virus called KDH. It kills most people who contract it, but a few young, healthy victims come back to life and are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marlyn
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Hi! I'm Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn't enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.

My debut, REBOOT, is out now from HarperCollins/HarperTeen, with the sequel to follow in 2014. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. I am represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

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