Series: Reboot   

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Annotation: Twelve-year-old Wren rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier, at seventeen she is happily training new Reboots until she is given an order she refuses to follow.
Catalog Number: #93743
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 365 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-221708-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-85083-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-221708-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-85083-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012051741
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Postapocalyptic novels are everywhere, but debut author Tintera's vision incorporates reanimation and rebellion in a Texas devastated by disease. Five years ago, Wren Connolly died at age 12, only to come back to life 178 minutes later as a Reboot. The longer one is dead before rebooting, the stronger, faster, and less emotional the Reboot is. With her high number, 17-year-old Wren 178 is the most formidable Reboot around, and she is both feared and revered. The government uses her and other Reboots to capture and kill civilians in the name of security. It's a fascinating premise, delivered in gory and glorious cinematic detail d with a healthy dose of romance for Wren in new Reboot trainee Callum 22 (so low in number as to be practically human). Tintera's world is fully imagined and richly described through Wren's initially detached voice, which becomes progressively invested and passionate as she rediscovers her human emotional attributes. The quick pace, familiar yet altered setting, and strong humanitarian message will draw Hunger Games fans. An abrupt ending hopefully indicates successive titles.
Horn Book
In a dystopian future, young people are reanimated after death as soldiers; the longer their death takes, the less humanlike--and more lethal--the Reboot is. Wren, an emotionless hunter for the government, has her world shaken up when she falls for sensitive newbie Callum. The plot is compelling, the romance tender and realistic; a satisfying ending welcomes future installments.
Kirkus Reviews
This compulsively readable science-fiction debut will appeal widely. Seventeen-year-old Wren is one of many young people who, after dying of a widespread virus called KDH, came back to life. Called reboots, they are stronger and more aesthetically refined. They also tend to be more aggressive and less empathic; these traits become more pronounced with each minute spent dead. They are confined to Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation facilities, where they are forced to train as soldiers who carry out the will of their captors. Dead for a record 178 minutes before she reanimated, Wren commands respect and is reasonably satisfied with her second life. But the introduction of a new detainee, Callum, to whom she's inexplicably drawn coincides with her sickening realization that the humans have been experimenting on the lower-numbered reboots with terrifying results, leading her to forge a desperate escape. Though undeniably derivative of so many in the genre, this is a well-imagined story in its own right. Superb concepts and plotting will hook readers from the start, and though Wren echoes the reluctant-heroine trope common to many recent dystopian adventures, she is sympathetic. The tension between Wren and Callum is playful and often sweet, offering plenty to those who appreciate romance. Though the story is neatly resolved, the possibility of a sequel is still tantalizingly possible. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)
Publishers Weekly
Tintera's debut covers familiar dystopian territory, but a riveting premise, a romance with substance, and the urgent narrative voice lend it a burst of fresh energy. When Wren was shot in a Texas slum at age 12, the virus she'd been infected with caused her to "Reboot" after 178 minutes. Reboots who have been dead as long as Wren come back strong and often emotionless, and are the best hunters and killers for the government (who offer them no rights or freedoms). When Wren, now 17, begins training Callum, who'd only been dead for 22 minutes, he challenges her beliefs in the rigid order of their society, as well as her own lack of emotion. And when Wren discovers that the weaker Reboots-including Callum and Wren's roommate Ever-are being experimented on, it sets off a desire to escape and to fight the system she's worked for since dying. Tintera occasionally rushes character development-Wren's conversion from borderline sociopath into caring human, in particular-but strong world-building and sweeping action sequences should exert a strong hold on readers. Ages 13-up. Agent: Emmanuelle Morgan, Stonesong. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up&12; Wren 178 is a Reboot-one of the lucky (or unlucky) few who rise from the dead following contamination from the virus KDH. The disease kills most people, but the young and strong come back, although they don't come back quite human. After dying five years ago at the age of 12, Wren is now a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Because she was dead for 178 minutes, the longest time on record, she is stronger and deadlier than all other Reboots in her center, which entitles her to first choice of each new batch of trainees. Generally, she chooses the kids who also have high numbers, but there's just something about Callum that speaks to her. As a 22, he is almost still human. He's slow and fragile, he questions everything, and he cares too much. Although he creeps Wren out, she finds herself becoming attracted to him and wanting to do everything in her power to keep him alive&12;to the point of disobeying a direct order to eliminate him when he refuses to kill a prisoner. The first half of this novel is engaging as readers are introduced to this dystopian culture, but the second half begins to drag a bit and some readers may lose interest. There is a nice setup for a sequel, but teens may not care by the time they reach that point. Better dystopian novels abound.&12; Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Word Count: 81,217
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 163462 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q62940
Lexile: HL690L

In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.

Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.

Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.

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