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Reboot by Amy Tintera Audiobook {4 Stars}

Reboot by Amy Tintera is a delicious mix of sci-fi, dystopia, and zombies, with a healthy dash of romance. Zombies I say?? Why yes, though not the normal kind of zombies I must admit. I’m not how many people would agree with me on that, since the Reboots are approached from a fairly dystopian angle, but when dead people rise due to a virus, I can’t help but think zombie ;-). I’ve had Reboot sitting on my shelf for about six months, ever since Tintera came through my city on the Dark Days tour! However, I finally downloaded the audiobook version because my favorite narrator (Khristine Hvam) voices Reboot, and I’m so glad I did! It also means my signed copy can sit safe on my shelf forever now :D.

Note: I listened to the audiobook version of Reboot, which definitely colors my opinion of the book.

Reboot by Amy Tintera Audiobook {4 Stars}

Reboot by Amy Tintera
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
(Reboot #1)
Published by HarperCollins on May 7th, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 365 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I love that Reboot is basically a combination of zombie and super-humans. It’s such a delightful sci-fi take on the normal horror trope, and since it’s sci-fi I wasn’t too scared either :D.
  • Did I mention already that Khristine Hvam is my favorite narrator? Yes? Well I’m gonna say it again! The narration on Reboot was amazing and definitely made the book for me. I cannot recommend listening to Reboot enough if you like audiobooks. (Khristine Hvam also narrated Daughter of Smoke and Bone 1 & 2, check those out!)
  • Ren and Callum are our lead characters and they are pretty freaking cute. Since we’re getting the whole story through Ren’s perspective, it is especially amusing to hear her thoughts of Callum when she first meets him and later on ;-). While I wouldn’t call their relationship slow burn necessarily, it definitely felt well-paced and realistic given the circumstances.
  • Ren has a pretty limited knowledge of her world due to what her life has been like so far, but there have been some interesting hints that all is not as it seems. I’m so excited to see what the next book holds since I’m hopeful and suspicious that our understanding of Reboots is going to completely change *crosses fingers*.

Weaknesses:

  •  So Ren starts off the book claiming to feel no emotions and not really understand human behavior anymore since she was dead for so long. But then she starts feeling emotions and participating in human behavior quite easily. This transition kind of bugged me, since it didn’t seem consistent with her character, though I’m hoping that it is explained later in the series!
  • I’ve seen others point out that the romance is too much in Reboot. I wouldn’t say that exactly, but it definitely plays a bigger role than what really seemed necessary. It worked for me because Ren and Callum worked for me, but if you don’t like one of them, I can see where they would get annoying.
  • I was pretty surprised when Reboot ended. I had definitely expected it to continue for a bit longer. Reboot could almost be a stand alone with how things end (which doesn’t really make sense with my feelings that the ending was abrupt, I’m conflicted!), mostly because I don’t really know what the big conflict of the next book is going to be ya know? I’ve gotten so used to YA cliffhangers that a first book that doesn’t emphasize the problems remaining to be solve in the rest of the series was a bit surprising ;-).

Summary:

I very much enjoyed Reboot, though I think that if I had read it instead of listened, my rating would be a little lower. The narration did a wonderful job of making me really like Ren and Callum as characters. I want to be friends with them! If you listen to audiobooks you should definitely listen to this one, since I think I won’t be the only one that enjoys listening more than reading Reboot. I will test this theory with the second book though!

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 Reboot by Amy Tintera

© 2013, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Oh yay! A good audio book – I love discovering narrators I can enjoy! This idea is so fascinating – though I’m disappointed that the switch between no emotion and emotions was off. Regardless, sounds like one for the TBR. And knowing that there’s just one more book is really encouraging – I can get through the whole series like that!
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  2. I’m not an audiobook listener, but reading your review makes me curious. I just don’t have a good gadget to listen to one on (nor do I like how expensive they tend to be). Your review seems pretty much on par with what I’ve read of others’ reactions. I was initially really excited to read this one, but my excitement has since cooled quite substantially. Still, though, I’ll probably give this one a try eventually. :)
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    • I use Audible since then the books are only $12-14 which is the same as a physical book anyway. Not having a good device is definitely a factor though! I used to listen to books on CD when I drove, but switching to the audible app on my iPhone has made a huge difference, it’s just so much easier. Hehe, I felt the same way, I was excited until I heard that the romance was a big element, but I’m glad that I grabbed the audio since that obviously worked out well for me :)

  3. I’m pretty much of over dystopians, zombies post-apocalyptic books, BUT still this one looks good to me. I’m a sucker for a good romance so I don’t mind it being a strong theme, as long as it’s well done. I also don’t love cliffy’s, but it is sometimes more stressful not to have an idea where the plot is going next. Could mean more drama than necessary! Or forced conflict. BUT i do plan to try this one out soon – maybe closer to the release of book 2. Is this just a duet?
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    • Oo, then you might really like Reboot! I’m not sure if it’s a duet or trilogy *checks* wait, yes it is! Huh, I didn’t realize that :D I just snagged an ARC of Rebel, so I’ll let you know if it’s worth continuing ;-)

  4. Your first weakness bullet item I’ve heard complained about quite a bit – it makes me a bit leary to read it but I definitely will someday. And admittedly I’m going to sooner or later finish Cracked since you rave about it I figure I will give it another shot sooner or later.
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    • Haha, I still liked Ren even after she got emotions, so it still worked out for me ;-). Oh no! If you didn’t like the beginning of Cracked, I don’t think you’ll like the rest, since the beginning hooked me immediately ya know? Sometimes we do have different tastes it seems, hehe

      • No I really did enjoy the opening with her in the mental hospital. It was once they got to the trailer park and all that when I started really just losing interest.
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        • Fair enough, that’s where I started wishing that Meda was still crazy too, though I do think it gets better since the demons don’t stay gone ;-) Also this was really entertaining to try to remember what we were talking about since it’s on my Reboot review and I was like “that sounds like Cracked not Reboot…. oooooh riiiiight!”

  5. Totally sounds like a super Saiyan! I have this one waiting for me to read. I should get it out of storage soon.

    Great review!
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    • Hehe, the first step is moving it into your sight line, then it slowly worms it’s way to the top of the TBR pile ;-) Thanks!

  6. Huh, yeah what you described is what I’d call zombies too. I didn’t know Reboot was about zombies >.< I don't usually like zombie reads BUT since you explained that they are different from the usual AND approached from a dystopian standpoint, I won't remove it from my TBR hehe Plus your review just makes me all the more curious! The sci-fi elements to it certainly sound like my cup of tea! Thanks for the lovely review Anya ^^

    PS- I'm SO sorry you had a hard time commenting on my blog again :( I've asked around and no one else has mentioned the issue but it still worries me you know? Maybe it's happened before to other people too and I just never found out about it. I played around with some settings but I still have no clue what's causing it. I apologize again ♥
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    • Hehe, they don’t really act like zombies, just are undead I guess >.> I didn’t realize they are either but it’s definitely not a zombie book at all and I’m not really a zombie person so I would object if it was ;-).

      No worries! I will try to figure out what it is and it’ll never stop me from commenting anyway :D

  7. I actually have this book and hope to eventually read it. I am kind of bummed the transition from no emotions to emotions didn’t feel realistic, but the zombie, science fiction vibe has me curious. So glad you enjoyed this :)
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    • Yeah, I guess it’s kind of necessary since an MC without any emotion is hard to connect with. I liked Ren after she “woke up” still though!

  8. Hmm … sounds like a little too much romance for my taste, but I may give it a shot.

    Can’t say I’ve ever become a big audiobook fan just because they’re usually so expensive. I have listened to a few though and, so long as I was careful with the samples and narrator voices ahead of time, had good experiences.

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving!

    • That definitely was one of the complaints I’ve seen from other people but it worked for me and I generally roll my eyes at romance elements, hehe. Audible is the only way that I manage to keep up with audiobooks, since they’re only $12 or so when you belong to Audible ;-)

  9. it looks like a super cute storyline. Glad to see good narrators in audiobooks. It makes a world of difference :)

  10. I’m excited to hear that you liked this because I think it sounds like a book with lots of potential. Definitely one I’m excited to get to :)

  11. I’m dead set against audiobooks, but I’m glad you found a narrator that works for you! I love reading for myself, because then I can dictate what the characters sound like in my head ^_^ Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of zombies, but I think this one is different enough that I can handle it. Plus, the whole thing sounds really interesting!

    • Hehe, fair enough! It’s always interesting when the narrator actually gives the characters the accents they’re supposed to have since most of the time I don’t give characters accents >.> Definitely, Reboot is only a zombie book when you realize that the characters are raised dead, otherwise they’re not zombies at all once they’re alive again >.>

  12. It is great when you discover an audio narrator that you just have to follow with the other works he/she reads. There are several books I’ve chosen to listen to over ‘reading’ for the same reasons, even if I have a hard copy of the book. For example I have yet to actually ‘read’ an Agatha Christie book because Emilia Fox and Hugh Fraser are such fantastic narrators that I would much rather experience her stories through their voices. And Jim Dale is always a winner. I’ve also really been enjoying Wil Wheaton’s narration of various science fiction books. He was particularly perfect for the choice of the young man who is the protagonist for Ready Player One.
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