Rebel: Reboot, Book 2

Common Sense Media says

Rousing finish for dystopian super-soldier adventure.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Rebel is set in a dystopian near-future, the details of which remain somewhat sketchy. The novel raises questions about what it means to be human and the inherent worth of every individual.

Positive messages

Rebel emphasizes the worth of the individual in a repressive society. Even though Reboots and humans are pitted against each other, they should have sufficient common ground to exist in peace. Loyalty and compassion trump brutality and fear.

Positive role models

Wren and Callum are a well-matched pair of protagonists -- she as a no-nonsense, fearless fighter, he as a more sensitive peacekeeper who thinks before he acts. As their romance proceeds, each begins to see the other in a new light. They make changes in their behavior to accommodate the other's needs.

Violence

Because Reboots can heal broken bones and damaged organs seemingly in minutes, the characters take some brutal beatings without permanent damage. Action scenes are filled with gunfights, fistfights, and aerial bombings, but the descriptions thereof are not particularly bloody. Villains and well-liked supporting characters meet harsh ends.

Sex

Wren and Callum are a romantic pair as the volume begins. They kiss, hug, and sleep in the same bed, but they shy away from further physical intimacy, partly because Wren is ashamed of the scars on her chest. By the end of the book, they overcome their feelings of awkwardness and make love for the first time, although the scene's physical details are left to the imagination.

Language

Rebel contains some vulgar words: "Hell," "damn," "ass," and "pissed" are used perhaps a dozen times each, and "s--t" is used once.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Amy Tintera's Rebel completes the futuristic dystopian adventure story begun in Reboot. It features a large amount of violence, including gunfights, fistfights, and scenes in which young soldiers are brutalized to the point of broken bones. Characters infrequently use strong language, mostly "damn," "hell," "pissed," and "ass," with a single instance of "s--t." The level of sexual content is low. Wren and Callum are a romantic pair as the volume begins, and they kiss, hug, and sleep in the same bed, but they shy away from further physical intimacy. Eventually they overcome their feelings of awkwardness and make love for the first time; the physical details are left to the imagination.​

What's the story?

Picking up where Reboot left off, REBEL finds Wren and Callum having escaped from the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation (HARC) that trains Reboots, resurrected super-soldiers with amazing strength and resilience. They seek sanctuary at the Reboot Reservation but quickly discover they haven't left turmoil and treachery behind. The leader of the Reservation, Micah, seems mentally unstable and has a plan to wipe out the remaining human population in Texas. Wren and Callum must decide whether to be true to their fellow Reboots or find another way to live from under the tyranny of HARC.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Rebel achieves the unusual task of wrapping up a dystopian thriller plot in two well-paced volumes, rather than the usual bloated three. Author Amy Tintera finds an exciting new wrinkle for her futuristic adventure, pitting protagonists Wren and Callum against their own kind. The action scenes are well choreographed, the stakes remain high throughout, and the "opposites attract" romantic subplot adds a welcome note of tenderness and comic relief. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of dystopian fiction in young adult literature. Why are teens attracted to science-fiction stories about repressive governments, super-soldiers, and menacing technology?

  • Is it ever justifiable to kill someone, other than in self-defense?

  • Do governments ever lie to their citizens? How can ordinary people discover what the truth is about an issue?

Book details

Author:Amy Tintera
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTeen
Publication date:May 13, 2014
Number of pages:352
Publisher's recommended age(s):14 - 17
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook

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