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. Instead, he asks her to choose him to train with.
Suddenly Wren is intrigued by him and she wonders if the lowers numbers don’t survive because their training is bad or because they just really are that incapable due to their humanity.
She takes him up on his offer to test out this theory.
I looked down at Twenty-two, who had slumped to the ground, his face scrunched up in pain. He looked up at me and I thought he might yell. They usually yelled at me after I broke their arms.
“You’re not going to break anything else, are you?” he asked.
“No. Not right now.”
“Oh, so later, then? Great. I’ll look forward to that.” He winced as he looked down at his arm.”
Ultimately, I love the struggle that Wren faces, Callum opens her eyes to so much… making her realize that she can care, that she does have emotions… that she isn’t as dead as she thinks she is. Each interaction she had with Callum had me wanting more and more.
This story has a bit of everything… action, humor, romance and oh how I love when an author can work in bits of romance but still manage to keep the plot focused on the actual story.
“No,” he said, tucking my hair behind my ear and softly kissing my cheek. “I think I will wait for you to have a bit more enthusiasm than ‘we can do it if you want.'” He chuckled again.
I loved the build of Wren and Callum’s relationship and his effect on her. Wren is this total bad-ass girl and you know how I love them. She’s strong and smart and kick-ass and she doesn’t have to depend on a guy to save her. Or does she? Can Callum be the one to change her outlook on her life and make her realize that maybe the higher number Reboots aren’t as dead as they actually think!
I think fans of Divergent will find that this is a book they can’t put down. Meanwhile I’ll be waiting
patiently for the next one in this series.