Synopsis from Goodreads
Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.
Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.
With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…
It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.
My Thoughts on Rebel by Amy Tintera
***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The review below is my open and honest opinion.
I liked Reboot. I mean, I didn’t love it or anything, but I enjoyed it. And I still enjoyed it when I reread it before jumping into Rebel. But unfortunately the sequel fell way short for me. This book just did not do it for me.
It was just all off. I found myself bored at times and then feeling completed rushed a minute later. Things were either happening way too fast or way too slow. It felt very inconsistent and kept jarring me in and out of the story.
The World and the Rebellion
Neither the world or the rebellion felt well-fleshed out. A brief explanation was given for the rebellion and then it was a whirlwind of events with no further explanation. I wanted more. Like what drove the faces and members of the rebellion. I wanted to know their stories. But we didn’t have time for any of that. Because we were either right in the middle of some kind of action or we were seeing more of the romance between Wren and Callum.
It was so cliche. Please kill me now. I was so tired of seeing Wren and Callum make doe-eyes at each other. Can we save all that for after we defeat HARC and make a better life for humans and reboots alike? No, we need to stop and make out and have tension filled nights in bedrooms and tents. Just no. It was way too heavily focused on the romance for me.
I just didn’t connect or care about any of them. And this was the biggest issue with the book. If I don’t care about the characters, I will almost never like a book. Because without the characters, what’s the point?
I don’t know if maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a dystopian or if this book truly wasn’t good, to be honest. It’s gotten good reviews on Goodreads so maybe this is just a case of it’s not you, it’s me. And because I liked Reboot, I feel like it was just this book, not the author. I still haven’t read Ruined, but I do want to give it a try because I’ve heard great things. Overall, the pacing, plot and characters just didn’t do it for me here.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Were you over Wren and Callum? What did you think of the rebellion?