by Amy Tintera
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
I did not expect to finish this as fast as I did but I could not put it down. The idea was different and intriguing. A little similar to one I have had – but also very, very different.
Instead of the usual zombie or vampire infestation, we have the premise that the people who come back to life are pretty much the same to your average human, except with better healing and strength – and a little less emotional. The longer you are dead, the less chances you have of ever being emotionally compromised.
Except, you still have emotions, they are just buried under training and conditioning, as was evident in Wren. She still felt things, she was just detached from them. She still aged, still felt a certain kinship to people, but she had been so young when she died that she was conditioned to believe that she was no longer in tune with her feelings.
It was fascinating to watch her slowly get more and more in tune with showing her concern and her heart and caring about the people around her. A thing that I also loved about the book? That Wren was the physically stronger one of her and Callum. It was a very welcome change.
He was more in tune with his feelings, and they balanced each other out. They taught each other the things that were necessary to survive and to truly live. It was fascinating to watch their relationship unfold in front of me, and see Wren evolve.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, and am looking forward to the sequel.