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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not without faults, 20 May 2013
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This review is from: Reboot (Hardcover)
"Humans had a brightness to them, a glow that only death extinguished."

Amy Tintera's Reboot is, in some ways, fairly original. Instead of your typical, run-of-the-mill zombies, we have Reboots, humans aged 20 or under that are rebooted to life mere minutes after their death. The longer the wait between death and the process of rebooting, the less humanity is preserved when they awake. Wren Connolly was dead for 178 minutes.

At a training facility for the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation, Wren uses her incomparable strength and speed to prepare new Reboots, who are, essentially, puppet soldiers for HARC. Enter Callum Reyes, or Callum Twenty-Two, a boy whose measly 22 minutes of death make him more human than most Reboots. Of course, from here on out we have a romance, but thankfully, this is a romance that is fairly pleasant for the most part, even if a fraction too rapidly paced. It is Callum who helps clear the fog behind Wren emotionless eyes. It is Callum who draws to surface the flickering strands of Wren's true personality. It is Callum's smile and Callum's boyish enthusiasm... He is adorable, to put it simply, and even Wren can't quite disagree.

While Wren and Callum make a great team together - one that you can't help but root for - the romance does, on occasion, overshadow the plot and dampen the whole concept of Reboots. Wren's development from cold, determined One Seven Eight, to (arguably) love-struck teen is questionable. Nevertheless, Reboot remains entertaining and engaging throughout, though it must be said that the second half loses the vigour present during the first. The ending is brilliant, however, and a sure enough reason to return to this series.

Rating: 3.5 stars
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