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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Rebel contains some vulgar words: "Hell," "damn," "ass," and "pissed" are used perhaps a dozen times each, and "s--t" is used once.
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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.
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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