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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Wren is dead. Five years ago she was shot in the chest and died, then 178 minutes later, when everyone thought she was dead, she rebooted.
Reboots are the result of a virus, which kills people, and then causes them to wake from the dead. The longer it is between dying and waking up, the stronger and less-human the reboot is. Wren was dead for 178 minutes, making her the deadliest reboot ever.
The most experienced Reboots have to train the newbies when they arrive, and as the highest number reboot at 178, Wren gets first pick. Wren always picks the new reboot with the highest number, as they are the toughest, and have the highest chance of survival.
This time though, Callum, a boy who was dead for only 22 minutes, challenges Wren – are the reboots she trains the best because they have the highest numbers (were dead the longest), or are they the best because she trains them?
Wren slowly begins to realise that she does have emotions, and knowing that Callum will die if she doesn’t train him, she takes on the responsibility, even though her fellow reboots think she’s gone nuts.
Is it the number or the training though? Can Wren save Callum? And can she save herself?
This was an enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian story, but I didn’t enjoy the romance as much as I would have liked to.
Wren was quite closed-off and hard at the start of the book, she showed very little emotion, although whether that is because she’s a reboot or because she has to be to do what she does I don’t know. She seemed fairly normal as far as teenage girls go really, other that the having to kill people, but even though she claimed to not have emotions, she obviously cared about her best friend Ever, and she also adhered to the social rules of the cafeteria, and only sat where the others expected her to sit, which showed that she obviously cared about what other people thought of her.
I though Callum daring her to take him on was a clever move on his part. While she would probably have ignored him if he’d asked for any other reason, giving her a challenge worked well!
While there was a romance between Wren and Callum, it was pretty tame. There was a bit of playful flirting from Callum, and we did eventually get a couple of kisses, but there was none of that heart-pounding stuff that makes you want to read through it again unfortunately. I also thought that even once Wren had realised that she liked Callum, she still viewed him as more of an assignment than a partner.
I did like the main storyline about the reboots. I thought that it was a great idea to have dead kids who still function, as compared to zombies, and there seemed to have been quite a lot of thought put into the world building. I did think that Wren’s plans were often a little lacking though, although I suspect this was done on purpose to show how she was swayed by her emotions.
I liked the ending, although it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There were quite a few questions left unanswered, and more to explore in the next book, and it will be interesting to see what happens to the reboots from here!
Overall; a good start to a sci-fi/dystopian series.
7 out of 10.