eviewed by Jonas Guevara
“Now that I’m a reboot: I am faster. Stronger. I heal quickly. I don’t cry. I follow orders. Until now.” The simple cover and ominous word choice was enough to get me to read the book. I honestly did not know what to expect from this book, all I guessed in my head was zombies, but it was far different than that.
Reboot takes place in Rosa Texas, and is the story of a girl named Wren Connolly. 5 years ago, Wren died to 3 gunshots directly to the chest. But 178 minutes later, she came back as a Reboot. She was faster, stronger, more durable, able to heal herself, but less emotional. When you die, you had a chance to reboot, and the longer you died the stronger, faster, and more powerful reboot you will become. The least amount of time you died the weaker, slower, and more emotional reboot you will become. HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) is in control of the reboots. They put tracking devices in their skin; watch them everywhere they go, cameras 24/7, and test on them like animals, in exchange for the shelter, food and loyalty. Everything was forced, you were forced to kill humans, or people who will impact HARC negatively, and if you didn’t follow orders, you were eliminated – for good. Wren has always been obedient to HARC, some say she was brain-washed, some say she was always this loyal, but now that she’s training her new “newbie” Callum Reyes, or twenty-two. Callum is pretty much human with a number like that, and Callum seems to make Wren feel differently, a lot differently. Wren feels feelings she had never felt before love, guilt, anger, and sympathy. Wren doesn’t realize it, but Callum is being recognized by HARC, and is threatening Wren to kill him if he doesn’t follow orders. Wren has to decide to either leave the safety of HARC, or leave with Callum and risk their lives to escape HARC. Yet humans hated reboots, they thought that reboots were soul-less monsters who would do nothing but kill everything in sight. Callum doesn’t know anything about Reboots and how humans hated them, but he wanted to visit his parents and his brother, David, but doesn’t know that his parents could get arrested and executed, if he visits his parents.
Wren is known to be one of the most deadly reboots in Texas, at seventeen years old! She is very well-known for her number “one-seventy-eight” for which she is fast, strong, powerful, and is able to heal quickly, a lot better than most reboots in Texas, but she is nothing close to human, until Callum twenty-two came into her life. Callum Reyes gives Wren feelings and life, Callum gives Wren the feelings that Wren never knew she existed in her life-less reboot body. Wren and Callum are both falling in love, but Wren having to choose between HARC or Callum. Together they escape the HARC facility, and out into the harsh world.
This has been one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The story has a very unique and interesting plot. It sometimes makes you think about the future, about how technology could be so complicated, that it could bring you back to life. Reboot is filled with interesting dialogue, exciting fights, heart-stopping romance, etc. Reboot is definitely a book I would recommend to someone who’s craving a good action book with a cute romance. This book definitely taught me that “No one can control you.” - Which is that people can try to control you and try to live your life, but they can’t do that, it is your life, and their approval is not needed.
Another thing that I love about this book is how hopeless it could be at sometimes, but how they can still go on, no matter how bad it seems. In the book, Wren and Callum are dying outside, with no food, water, shelter, and a place where no-one wants them there, yet Callum keeps positive, and brings up great ideas to get them what they need to survive. It goes to show that things will and can get better.
One of the things that surprised me the most about this book is the romance. I did not expect romance to be in a book about “super humans” killing people, and blowing up buildings, but surprisingly, there is! Wren seems to be emotionless in the beginning of the book, but as the book goes on, she feels more and more feelings. She’s had thoughts about how “un-human” she is, but Callum thinks otherwise. Wren’s job is to train Callum in fighting, and they always start fighting and making physical contact, but not the good kind, but Callum finds it attractive for her to punch him in the face and kick him all the time. Once they were training in the gym, and Callum couldn’t seem to be doing very well in training, so Wren asks Callum to teach her how to dance and Wren feels feelings she has never felt before. Wren felt love, and compassion for the first time in years. She wanted to stay there with him, all day. The constant hints of love made by Callum and Wren are some of the most romantic things I have ever read.
In all honesty, I found this book amazing. It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve read in years, and I would definitely recommend this book. It reminds me of the myth and story of “zombies” except a little more interesting. It definitely makes me think about our society today, and how it could actually happen in the future, and how deadly some people can be, and how no one will really care much about killing people.