Reboot, Book 1



Resurrected super-soldiers find love in exciting adventure.

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Educational value

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

Positive messages

Reboot 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.

Positive role models

Wren starts Reboot as something of an unthinking automaton, ready to follow any order without question. As she begins to care about Callum, she allows herself to think about the injustice of her day-to-day life. Gradually, she learns to be more empathetic and merciful.


There's a lot of violence in Reboot, but it's not overly graphic. Reboots are able to withstand horrendous injuries, and there are many scenes of Wren brutalizing Callum during his training. Many scenes involve gunfights and fistfights, in which both Reboots and humans are killed. Perhaps most disturbing are the episodes in which Wren's friends Ever and Callum are injected with drugs that cause them to become crazed with hunger and try to eat unsuspecting victims.


Wren and Callum are physically attracted to each other from the start. Callum flirts with her, but Wren is initially unreceptive. He gradually wins her over, and they share a few kisses. Wren is ashamed of the bullet scars on her chest, and she refuses to remove her shirt for Callum. At one point, they openly discuss having sex, but they decide to put off that possibility until a better time.


The language in Reboot is occasionally salty, but it rarely rises above the infrequent use of "hell," "damn," "bitch," "ass," and "s--t."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wren's mother was a drug addict, and it's implied that her behavior caused her daughter to be shot and Rebooted.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Reboot is an action-packed dystopian adventure featuring resurrected super-soldiers. It features a large amount of violence, including gunfights, fistfights, and training scenes in which students are brutalized to the point of broken bones. Characters infrequently use strong language, mostly "damn," "hell," and "ass." The level of sexual content is low. Wren and Callum flirt awkwardly at first and ultimately share passionate kisses. They discuss "going all the way," but pull away from the possibility when they decide it is not the right time.

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What's the story?

Wren Connolly is a Reboot, shot in the chest five years ago, resurrected after 178 minutes, and turned into a fast-healing, super-strong, order-obeying soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Her job is to train new Reboots, but she meets her match in Callum Reyes, a new recruit only 22 minutes dead, easily the worst newbie she has ever met. But as Wren attempts to toughen up Callum so that he won't be \"eliminated,\" she begins to see how she and her fellow Reboots are being mistreated. And with that realization comes the terrifying possibility that she might disobey orders.

Is it any good?


REBOOT presents an interesting mix of dystopian science fiction and horror elements. Not quite a zombie love story, not exactly a hard-driving military adventure, it manages to blend disparate themes into a fast-paced, unpredictable tale full of action, conflict, and a dash of romance. Although she skimps a bit in fleshing out the logic of her Reboot-ridden near-future setting, author Amy Tintera does a good job of moving her protagonist from mindless obedience to agonized empathy, and sets up a launching pad for the next volume in the series.

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 and menacing technology?

  • Do governments ever hide secrets from their citizens? Are citizens ever justified in rebelling against repressive governments?

  • Would you be able to hurt another person if you were ordered to do so? Under what circumstances might you be able to use violence against someone?

Book details

Author:Amy Tintera
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:May 7, 2013
Number of pages:384
Publisher's recommended age(s):14 - 17
Available on:Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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Kid, 10 years old January 14, 2014

In my top 3 for best books ever!

A little spoil! This is a great book! Amy Tintera brings Reboot to the table and I think she did a awesome job on it! Language is an issue because there is some harsh training. A character named "Ever" is violent because of shots the doctors are giving her. Overall, it is a wonderful book that I would recommend for ages 11 or up because there are some scenes they would not understand or get the idea.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bybookreader4Christ August 27, 2013

You Won't Want to Put It Down!

This book sounded really good when I picked it up from the library, and it certainly met my expectations! Action-packed, but never gruesome, "Reboot" is a gripping, read-in-one-sitting kind of novel. POSITIVE MESSAGES "Reboot" asks the question: "is it OK to kill when someone else is giving the orders?". As a reboot, Wren is ordered to capture and kill humans. But she is never told why or what it is these humans have done. Wren is also made to believe that she has no emotions or feelings, her humanity is gone. But through Callum, Wren comes to the realization that she does have feelings--sadness, fear, anger, and most importantly, love. She also learns that she does have a purpose outside of killing and comes to value life. POSITIVE ROLE MODELS Wren and Callum are both good role models. Despite Wren being the "model reboot", following orders without thought, she also has a "human" side to her. She struggles with self-worth and whether or not she will ever be loved. As she realizes her human-ness, she experiences guilt over her past deeds and and learns that just becuase you're given an order doesn't make it right. Callum is instantly likeable; charming, goofy, and optimistic. He refuses to take a life, even though that means he will be eliminated (killed) by the HARC. He loves Wren for who she is, not what she looks like. VIOLENCE There is a good deal of violence, although never gruesome. Callum and Wren's friend Ever are given injections by the HARC that make them go insane and want to eat human flesh. The Reboots heal quickly, and are constantly wounded. Wren is training Callum to fight, and he breaks his arm that he has to set himself. When she was twelve, Wren was shot three times. SEXUAL CONTENT Wren and Callum kiss frequently. There is a scene where they almost have sex, but don't becuase Wren doesn't want Callum to see her scars from when she was shot and rebooted. Callum tells her they can do it some other time when she's ready. References are made to the other reboots having sex. LANGUAGE Hell, d--n, the A-word, B-word, and S-word are used. DRINKING/DRUGS Wren's parents are described as being drug addicts. OVERVIEW All in all, an exciting book! My mom read it too, and liked it. Eager for a sequel!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byJflores14 July 21, 2014

Action packed dystopia is sure to be a teen favorite

Fun plot, steamy romance, and violent themes makes this a great read. It is an original book w/ fun twists and turns. CONTENT: Violence: neck breaking, stabbing, shooting,etc. one boy even uses his teeth to chomp a piece of another boys arm off Sex: steamy kissing in bed and sexual thoughts between characters. Talk of casual sexual escapades. People are rumored to have sex in the showers. Lots of desire shown. Language: some usage of b***h, sh*t, crap, and damn. No strong language
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex


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