[REVIEW] Reboot – Amy Tintera

Amy Tintera
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 7th May 2013); Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st June 2013)
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I came into this novel under the impression that Reboots would be bionic/cybernetic humans, judging by the title. But they’re actually zombies. This becomes more obvious when some of them crave meat and try to eat people – that kind of gives it away.

Nevertheless, the first half of the novel is action-packed, with lots of interesting stuff going on. Wren even has a female friend, and they don’t spend the entire time talking about guys. (Part of their time together, yes.) In fact, Ever is more interesting than Wren.

Readers, I’m not totally anti-romance. I have rated books five stars, even though they have lovey stuff. And I was expecting Reboot to join them, especially considering the awesomeness of the novel’s first half. But the romance just pissed me off far too much. I don’t want cutesy faff. I don’t want Wren (who was formerly fabulous) to have Callum as her #1 priority, instead of herself, or Reboots as a whole. Because Wren was dead for 178 minutes before Rebooting, she’s considered “less human” than those who were dead for less time. She seems less emotional than the others, and that’s why I loved her at the start. Eyes on the prize, getting stuff done – she was great! But the more time Wren spends with Callum, the more emotional she is, and she loses what made her great. She becomes just another kickarse but lovey-dovey YA heroine, and that just bores me.

And though I’m usually all for dystopians, I’ve identified a key problem I have: The story becomes less unique, and therefore less interesting, when the heroine tries to break out of the dystopia. When they escape the government or whatnot and set out on their own. Then all the stories run together. I’d love to see what an author could do by keeping their character within the same confines, retaining the tension and mystery, and solving the crimes from inside, instead of trying to break out. Just from my reading experience, what’s happening within the joint is more interesting than what’s happening outside.

But I’m probably in the minority when it comes to romance and breaking out. Your experience may differ. Reboot is still a pretty good read (four stars), but unfortunately it’s brought down by stuff that pisses me off.

2 responses to “[REVIEW] Reboot – Amy Tintera

  1. I’m in agreement with you about this – it’s one reason I don’t read much YA. I’m all for an appropriate side-dose of romance, but if the book is billed as sci-fi or action, that’s what I’m really reading for. Also, I like my heroines strong and independent – which doesn’t mean they can’t fall in love, but boys need to be a secondary priority if the book is not categorized as “romance.”

    • I’m not opposed to romance, but if there’s more interesting stuff going on, I expect the focus to be on the more interesting stuff. But trash and treasure – what appeals to one may not appeal to some 😉

      And I have had five-star reads with some romance in them. It all depends on the way it’s handled – if it doesn’t piss me off, I’m cool with it 😉

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