Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Now, we're all familiar with the typical Zombie. They die. They rise back from the dead, their corpse rotten and, well, dead. They have no sense of humanity and all they crave is the taste of human flesh. But in Reboot, we get a whole new taste of Zombies. Instead of them rising back from the dead very sullen and gross, they become stronger. Faster.

They have an immaculate sense of healing, and can take down a group of 5 burly guys without taking a breath.

Amy Tintera had a great idea for a story, and she drove it into the ground. An idea this great should have an amazing story! But, unfortunately, it was a snooze fest from start to end, with only some interesting parts. This book did not live up to it's hype.

In the world of Reboot, when you die, there isn't a certain amount of time that you are dead until you are awake again, or in this case, rebooted. The number of minutes for which you're dead is the number you are identified with. And the higher your number, the more deadly you are. The higher your number (the longer you're dead), the less emotions you have, and the farther you are from your humanity.

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In Reboot, our main character, Wren, is the highest with 178 minutes. I had a problem with the whole "being identified by your number" because, what if two different people were dead for the same amount of time? How would they be identified then? Also, if Wren is supposed to be so heartless and have no emotions, why does she act like a giddy little school girl towards the end? That's something that bothered me for someone who's supposed be uncaring.

Then we have the world of HARC, or Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation, where they keep the Reboots in their possesion and train them to be soldiers. Who take the goverment's tasks and assignments without question. Wren and Callum, a Twenty-two, escape from their grasps as Wren learns the truth about what HARC truly does to the Reboots under 120. Although we see the truth underneath's HARC's fake exterior, I feel like we didn't truly get a sense of how terrible they really are. It was just poorly done, in my opinion.

One thing about HARC? Their guards are human. The guards who patrol the Reboot's are human, and the Reboots are scared of them. This absolutely made no sense to me. Reboots have the power to kill a man with their bare hands without any struggle and their broken bones can heal in a matter of minutes. All the human guards have are guns, and even if they shoot a Reboot anywhere on their body, the Reboot can handle the bullet with no problem and can even remove it themselves, unless they were shot in the head (which would never happen, because the Reboots were always wearing their bullet proof helmets). This part of the story was so dumb and truly aggravated me.

Although this book had a great plot, it didn't do much for me. I was thoroughly bored and uninterested throughout the whole story.

Rating: 2/5 stars
Do I recommend it?: No.

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