Reboot - Amy Tintera You can also read this review on Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews.2.5 StarsI wrapped the leash around my hand and ignored her protests as I hauled her to her feet and dragged her down the street past the crumbling wooden shacks."It wasn't me! I didn't kill nobody!" Her movements became wild, almost convulsive, and I turned to glare at her."There's something human left in you, ain't there?" she asked, craning her neck to look at the number above the bar code on my wrist.She froze. Her eyes flew from the 178 printed on my skin to my face and she let out another shriek.No. There was no human left in me.Summary:17-year-old Wren Connolly died five years ago when she was shot in the chest three times. But after 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot––a superhuman being with unnatural abilities of strength, speed, and healing. The longer it takes a Reboot to come back from the dead, the less human and emotional they become. Since it took Wren so long to Reboot, she has completely let go of who she used to be before she died. Now her duty is to be a ruthless soldier for HARC (the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Part of Wren's job is training new Reboots, which is something she usually enjoys. But when newbie Callum Reyes is put under her training, she finds it to be her most difficult challenge yet. As only a 22, Callum is basically still human. And when his emotions cause him to refuse orders, Wren is given only one more chance to break him. If she doesn't, she'll have to be the one to kill him. But suddenly, Wren is starting to question HARC and her position as a soldier––and to complicate things even more, she's starting to feel truly alive for the first time since she Rebooted.My thoughts:Damn it, this book really let me down. I don't know why, but for some reason––despite the negative reviews I'd seen––I had really high hopes. I thought the idea of Reboots sounded like it could be really interesting. Plus I'm kind of a sucker for tough-girl/clueless-guy pairings.On top of that, I really enjoyed this book when it first started out. Agh, it just had so much potential … and then, once it got into the second half, it went way downhill. God, I hate it so much when a book does this to me. Nothing's worse than a story that has such a great set-up and then fails at following through. I feel like going all Tyra Banks on this book.But anyway, I guess it's time to get into the specifics.What I liked:- The actual idea of Reboots had some intriguing aspects. I liked the idea of a Reboot being more powerful the longer it took them to come back to life. - I also liked the idea of Reboots having to go through this brutal training, getting horribly injured over and over again so that they would lose all emotion and get used to their unnatural healing abilities. I mean, you have all this messed up stuff with new Reboots constantly getting their arms broken by their trainers, getting shot over and over again, etc. It's a very dark concept––in a good way. It intrigued me.- As I said before, I'm a fan of the whole badass-girl/clueless-guy romance trope. And while I wasn't a big fan of the romance in this book as a whole, I did at least like the set-up for it. I liked the idea of this hardcore girl having to train this guy who had no idea what he was doing.What didn't work for me:- Probably the biggest disappointment for me was the romance. As I was just saying, I really liked the idea of it––and for about the first half of the book, I enjoyed it for the most part. There was chemistry between Wren and Callum without it being overbearing, there was an interesting dynamic between them, etc. And then … it just started to get ridiculous.For that first half of the book or so, Wren was all emotionless and tough, wasn't going to take any nonsense, so on and so forth. Then out of nowhere, she turned into a total sap. There wasn't really any development or in-between stage. One day it was like, "Ugh that stupid Callum I'm gonna punch that smile off his face that little bitch." And the next day it was, "OMG Callum that hottie I just wanna make out with him he's so cute a;kdjs;fj." I just had such high hopes for the romance in this book, because it started off so well. I was hoping it would continue to go slowly and take some time to develop … ya know? But then out of nowhere, Wren and Callum start making out halfway through the book … and from then on out it's pretty much just one big kiss-fest. I mean, there was some action and violence here and there and all that jazz, but the corny romance kind of overshadowed the whole thing. Seriously, Wren and Callum spent so much freaking time kissing in this book, I swear to God. It may sound like a weird complaint, but like … I started to feel like it was every other sentence. At some point I was ready to start shaking my Kindle and scream, "STOP. KISSING."I thought the first half was pretty exciting, but I got really bored in the second half. The romance was pretty poorly paced, and it just got too overbearing and mushy-gushy.- So yes, I liked the basic concept of Reboots. But I didn't really like all the details. First of all, I was annoyed that there wasn't much of a good explanation as to why Reboots even existed in the first place. It was just kind of like, "Well, I dunno … one day people just started coming back from the dead like this. Because of … a virus. When you can't think of something just blame a virus, right? That's how science fiction works. So yeah, whatever." … Soooo, not much effort in that area.There was also the fact that, when Reboots come back from the dead, for some reason they're more attractive than they were before. It was true that all Reboots were attractive, in a way. After death, when the virus took hold and the body Rebooted, the skin cleared, the body sharpened, the eyes glowed.Uhhhh okay. How that would work on a scientific level … I don't even know. It just seemed a) too convenient, b) illogical, and c) unnecessary. I mean, why would you have to be more attractive in order to be a ruthless soldier … ? Beats me. There was even a part where Wren saw a picture of Callum before he died and she was like, "Hahaha I like you better as a sexy Reboot."I just … Never mind, I don't have anything else to say about that.- There was this rather contrived subplot in which scientists were experimenting on the newest Reboots, and these experiments were turning them into … crazy cannibals, I guess. It didn't make sense to me why these experiments were being done; I think it was just thrown in there to add something to the plot. But it didn't do much … besides make me smack myself in the forehead. It just came off as being rather silly, in my opinion.- There was this one part that particularly pissed me off. To preface … Wren still has the scars from when she was killed. So basically, she still has these bullet wound marks all over her chest. She's really self-conscious about it––and therefore, she doesn't want anyone to see her shirtless. When Callum finds out about this, is he kind and understanding about it? Ummm…"When we do have sex, there will be none of this keeping-your-shirt-on nonsense.""But––""Nope, sorry. I don't care about the scars and neither should you. All or nothing."[Long silence]Oh lord, where to even begin here?I have a feeling the author thought this was supposed to be sweet and romantic … and that's what disturbs me the most about it. And sure, if Callum had said something like, "Aww Wren, there's nothing wrong with your scars and I think you're beautiful," that would have been an improvement. But something rubs me the wrong way about him phrasing it the way he does, saying he "doesn't care" and "neither should you." So … you "don't care" that your girlfriend was brutally shot to death and still bears the scars from it? And moreover, you're telling her she shouldn't care? She shouldn't care that the scars are a horrible reminder of a traumatic memory in which she and her parents were murdered? She shouldn't care? You do realize this is about way more than just what she looks like, right? And even if it was, so freaking what? IT'S HER BODY, GOD DAMN IT.But what disgusts me even more is him calling her anxiety "nonsense" and saying that he'll refuse to have sex with her unless she agrees to take her shirt off. Just … wow, what a sick and douchey thing to say. If she is uncomfortable showing her scars, that's her damn business. Maybe someday, she'll learn to accept and love her scars and be comfortable with uncovering them––but if she doesn't want to, that's also fine. Need I repeat myself? IT. IS. HER. BODY.I could go on and on about that one quote, but I'll just stop there.- The writing itself was … iffy. Most of the time I didn't have much of a problem with it, but there were a lot of oddly/badly structured sentences. He slid the door open and we marched out into the dark, a soft breeze ruffling my ponytail.Errm so yeah, I think the subject of that sentence went missing somewhere … ?Twenty-two stared, his lips parted, his neck pulsing strangely.His neck did … what?His eyes were big and round, like a puppy begging for a treat.The way this sentence is constructed, it is saying that the puppy is big and round. Gosh, it's like some of these sentences came off the SATs … like, you know, those "Choose the correct sentence" things? Except these would be the incorrect ones. The final word:I really wanted to like Reboot––and I did like it, in the beginning. But it totally lost me somewhere along the way. What with the choppy pacing and poorly-developed romance, it failed to hook me in the end. I thought it was just okay, and I doubt I'll be picking up the sequel unless I hear really good things about it.~ Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews ~