Friday, May 9, 2014

[Review: Rebel by Amy Tintera]

Author: Amy Tintera
Series: Reboot #2
Pages: 352
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Zombies
Date Published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via Edelweiss) for honest review


The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.

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.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To Rebel,

Firstly, thanks for being the 2nd and final book to a series. It's so weird for there to only be 2 books, but it really worked for you and you made me a fan of duologies.  So thanks for that. Also, you were a really awesome book. I'm not really a fan of duel perspectives and even though I wish this book was all from Wren's POV, is was cool to get into Callum's head. He turned into a badass in his own right. I'm a fan of that. Overall, you're just a really awesome book and series finisher.

-The White Unicorn

After reading Reboot and Rebel back to back I can clearly say that I'm a huge fan of Tintera's work. She crafts a story in a way that makes you pay attention. She has a lot to say with her books and wraps it all up in an exciting story and dynamic characters. Rebel brings new cast members into play, as well as giving us a different storytelling vehicle.

This time around Tintera hits us with duel POVs. We not only get to see inside of Wren's head, but also Callum's. It made things interesting and kept you on your toes as a reader. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the idea and even though I like Callum a lot, I enjoy Wren's voice more. Oddly enough by the time I finished the book I saw the reasoning behind Tintera's choice. It turned from something I didn't love into an inside track as I watched Callum become a total boss! When he was left in charge of things I started to see the guy that Wren had fallen in love with all along. I think she always knew he had it in him.

In contrast we got to see the softer side of Wren. And by softer, I don't mean Charmin Ultra soft, she's still really rough around the edges, but she's learning to embrace her humanity. Even if she is dead. It's awesome to see her come out of her hardened shell and save people, come to some deep realizations and let herself fall in love.  

I liked that the idea that good and evil exist in all forms got played with in this book. Wren and Callum thought that had found a safe-haven in the reservation, but Micah proves them wrong. It finally dawns on them that there is a whole level of gray that they've never thought existed. Speaking of Micah, I hated his stinking guts. He's the perfect anti-hero. God knows I love a good anti-hero and he's on the top of my list.

I also loved that Tintera toyed with the relationships between reboots and humans. We get to know Addie and Beth and Riley so much better, and Issac as well. They add so much to the reboot side of things. And we get to see more of Tony and Desmond and Gabe and David. They're interesting humans and even though the book isn't fully about them, their really well fleshed out when we do get to see them. (I think I just made a zombie pun)

I could go on and on about this series, but I'll stop myself right there and tell you that you need to read it. You need to read all of it. NOW!

 4 Unicorns = Close to perfect!   


Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

It's really rare for it to be only two. I'm not really a fan of dual perspectives either, though I do see the point of them, unless the voices are engaging I just get annoyed with them. But, it sounds like it did really work with this. I haven't read Reboot yet, (though it is on my TBR list). It's always nice to see character development with more than just the main character, so at least it done good with that. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Nicole said...

So yup, pretty much agree with you 100%. This book was great. Lots of action and tension between humans-reboots-HARC. I loved getting a deeper look into all that. I love Wren and Callum (I think I said this in my last comment). If only more books were duologies and cut out all the crap.