First Published May 7th 2013 by HarperTeen
In the future, a virus has wiped out a lot of the population. But there was a side effect: some people started rising after they died. They call them Reboots.They are faster, stronger and much less emotional than humans.
Long ago, there was a war between the humans and the Reboots. The Reboots lost, and are now slaves. HARC – the human organisation that controls them – uses the Reboots as bounty hunters (for want of a better term – their only reward for following orders is that they get to live). They track down criminal humans or new Reboots who don’t turn themselves into HARC. Sometimes they are required to kill their targets.
The longer they were dead before they rose again, the more humanity that the Reboots lose.
When she was shot five years ago, Wren was dead for one hundred and seventy eight minutes – longer than any other Reboot. She is very detached and is amazing at what she does. She follows orders like a good little Reboot. Callum, on the other hand, was only dead for twenty two minutes. He questions every order he is given and continually gets into trouble. Wren is training him, trying to prove that she can make a low number into a good Reboot. But he has retained so many of his emotions and attributes from before – he is practically still human. He makes Wren feel more alive, more human, than ever before.
So when Callum’s life is in jeopardy, Wren risks everything to save him.
Reboot is kind of a twist on the zombie genre. It’s about humans who rose again after death, but rather than turning into shambling, mindless, raw-flesh eaters, they became powerful super-human robot-things.
The romance between Callum and Wren is really cute and playful. To begin with, Wren just thinks that he is so weird because he keeps acting like a human (flirting, smiling, etc), which is something she does not get at all. But he slowly grows on her.
I really enjoyed this one. It was sort of reminiscent of Robin Wesserman’s trilogy, Skinned, Crashed and Wired. But still pretty different. All the same, I liked Reboot better.