Monday, June 17, 2013

Audio Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera


Title: Reboot
Author: Amy Tintera
Genre: Teen Fiction, Sciencel Fiction
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN Book: 9780062217073
Narrator: Khristine Hvam 
Length: 8 hours and 42 minutes
Disclosure: I purchased my copy from Audible. This is my honest review!


Reboot (Reboot, #1)Reboot by Amy Tintera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
Some times death isn't the end. Sometimes it is only the beginning. Wren rebooted after being dead for 172 minutes. The longer you are dead, the more powerful you become and Wren is the highest number in her facility. When another reboot, a young man who was only dead for 22 minutes comes along and challenges Wren's beliefs about her current life, she discovers that there may be more to life than just following orders.

Review:
It was the book trailer that really got me to read this book. I saw the trailer and couldn't help thinking I really needed to check this book out. Unfortunately, my library didn't have it yet, so I used one of my audible credits, to start listing to this book, and I was really happy I did. I really enjoyed this science fiction novel by Tintera. First, I liked the fact that the teens coming back to life weren't zombies. Second, I loved the characters. Finally, Tintera's pacing was perfect.

Death plays a big role in a lot of teen novels, but this novel takes a new look at death and life. In Tintera's novel because of a virus, some people who die don't remain dead. After a length of time they come back to life as reboots. Reboots aren't treated the same as regular humans. Humans are suspicious of the reboots and they are isolated in facilities where they are used by H.A.R.C. to enforce H.A.R.C.'s rules and regulations. They are used as soldiers to terrify the people and keep them under H.A.R.C. control. The lower the number of the reboot, the less valuable they are because they aren't as strong and fast as the higher numbers.

I loved Wren as a character. Yes, she was flawed, but she had her reasons. Because her number is so high, she believes that she is even less human than the other reboots. In many ways I felt that she was the character Katniss should have been in Mockingjay. She was a leader, and determined to do what was right to save her friends. She didn't let odds or self doubt get in the way of what she needed to do. I only wish Katniss had her strength of character in Mockingjay.

I also loved 22 because he brought out the best in Wren. He saw her for more than what she was. He made her doubt the establishment and gave her hope. I loved that he never gave up, and always kept his sense of humor. The training sessions were priceless.

The pacing of this novel was spot on. Tintera does a great job hooking you in the beginning of the novel and keeps that pace going throughout the book. She also does a great job world building. You can believe in this lost Texas that has been devastated by disease.

Audiobook Review:
I purchased the audiobook from Audible using one of my credits. The audiobook is produced by Harper Audio and read by Khristine Hvam. I loved Hvam's narration of this novel. She gave Wren the right feel of distance and coolness that we believe Wren would exhibit, and did a great job giving 22 a believable voice as well. The audio was really well done, and clear of flaws. The length of the audio was 8 hours and 42 minutes and because I enjoyed it so much, went way too quickly. I highly recommend this audio.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a bit abrupt which hopefully means there will be a sequel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good science fiction and dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. I really couldn't put this one down.


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