Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot and continues Wren’s adventure as a super-strong, fast-healing zombie-ish girl battling against the corrupt organization trying to enslave her and her fellow Reboots. Since Rebel is a sequel, there are spoilers below for Reboot, so maybe check out my review of Reboot instead. However, don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post! This series is an excellent example of how great a duology can be since Rebel manages to stay focused on the main problem of HARC, adding in some more world-building and character development, but not trying to stretch things out to a third book. You definitely don’t have to worry about second-book syndrome here!
Note: I received Rebel through Edelweiss. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Rebel by Amy Tintera (Reboot #2)
Published by HarperTeen on May 13th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.
- Wren and Callum are so adorable! I love dorky and slightly awkward romance and these two capture that so well. Rebel was great because Wren and Callum spent enough time figuring out where they are together in things but also figuring out themselves and individuals.
- Right from the start Rebel is action packed and so intriguing. At the end of Reboot I was excited to see what the free Reboot camp was like, but expected things to be peaceful for a bit. Wren’s life of course can never be peaceful ;-).
- Since Wren and Callum have escaped the cities, we get a chance to see what the outside world and ruins look like in Rebel! I’m still curious what is going on in the rest of the country, but it was awesome to visit the ruins of Texas cities :D.
- Rebel introduces some new characters, expands on characters we knew about in passing previously, and brings up old grudges! I liked the mix of new and old and somewhere in between since I felt like I finally got to know a few of the characters more on the fringes in Reboot.
- We get to switch between Wren and Callum’s points of view in Rebel and I really liked getting to know Callum better from inside his head. This dual perspective really gives the reader the chance to see how different Wren and Callum are, but also how similar they can be when they get down to the important bits. Also Callum is just so adorkable! <3
- Wren and Callum consciously advance the physical aspects of their relationship and I really like how this was handled. Everything was fade to black since it is YA, but I like how in both Reboot and Rebel, Tintera doesn’t shy away from the fact that lots of teenagers do choose to have sex. The issues that Wren and Callum have to deal with when making that decision are complicated and uncomfortable, but they own up to those necessary conversations anyway.
- I always think it is odd when YA books feel the need to explain a lack of adults. In Rebel there are a couple of explanations of why there aren’t many older characters around, but they just felt so unnecessary. A YA book can still have adults as secondary characters right??
- While Rebel is a solid conclusion to this duology, the ending didn’t really wow me. I kept hoping to be completely blown away and it just never happened. Things happen kind of how you expect them to and some bad things happen to some people, but nothing all that gut-wrenching or surprising. I’m a complete snob when it comes to endings though, so be aware that I am picky ;-).
Rebel is a solid and very enjoyable sequel to Reboot. I kind of wish now that there would be more (spin-off series maybe??) since I just really enjoy the world that Tintera has created and want to find out more! However, I applaud keeping this series to a duology since Rebel is just the right length and amount of plot to complete the series plot arc. Even if you were only so-so about Reboot, I recommend giving Rebel a try since I think it’s a definite improvement!
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Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Rebel by Amy Tintera
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