Reboot, Book 1

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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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 & Representations

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."

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.

What 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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Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2016

Looking for a great book?

This book was awesome. When I first read this I knew it was going to be great! I haven't found a good book like this in a really long time. I LOVE READING!... Continue reading
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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