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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.
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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?
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.
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