24 May 2014

REVIEW: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Title: Reboot (Reboot #1)

Author: Amy Tintera

Genre: Young Adult. Sci Fi. Dystopian.

Publication Date: June 2013

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Rating: 5/5

'5 years ago, I died. 178 minutes later, I woke up.'

In this post-apocalyptic thriller a deadly virus mutation sees teenagers raised from the dead and trained to be vicious soldiers until Wren, the deadliest Reboot, joins forces with Callum, the most innocent, to try to overthrow the organisation that has corrupted their world

Reboot was sent to me for review, but this is no way alters my opinion of this book.

I don’t even know where to start with this. I loved it, okay? I didn’t really know much about this before it was sent to me- I know it was sort of Dystopian/Sci Fi and I knew I wanted to read it. It wasn’t until I got the little like ‘press sheet’ that I realised that this has kind of got a zombie thing going on. I’ve never really read zombies, but I’d heard such great things about Reboot that I didn’t really mind. 

I loved the two main characters- Wren and Callum. Usually, it takes me at least a few chapters to warm up to characters but I loved these two from the moment they appeared. I love a good strong female lead (don’t we all?) and I definitely think Wren fits that bill. She’s a serious badass, guys. I would not want to get caught with her in a dark alley…not at all. I especially loved that Callum is the weaker of the two. I’ve noticed usually when you get a strong female lead, you get an equally strong or stronger male lead, but in this. Well, Callum’s pretty terrible. I love that. 

I loved the plot too. It was fast-paced but not too fast-paced. There were those parts that weren’t so much about the action but rather about the world and the bigger picture. All of it was interesting, I don’t think there was an actual moment when I was even remotely bored. I loved how Amy Tintera built the world- I think it’s amazing but it’s also very unique. Like I said, I don’t have a lot of experience in the zombie genre but I think this has got to be one of the most unique. 

Now, before I finish off this review, I wanted to dedicate a special little section here to talking about the book itself. As in, the aesthetics of it rather than the content. Words cannot describe how amazing this book looks. I tried to explain it but I didn’t do a very good job at that, so I’ve just included these pictures for you instead. BUT DO YOU SEE THAT? CAN YOU SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE? 

Finally, I just want to mention how excited I am to the read the sequel, Rebel. I’M REALLY, REALLY EXCITED!! I can’t wait to see where this story goes and meet some new characters. 

Thank you the lovely (and very helpful) Lara from Allen and Unwin for sending both Chami and I copies of Reboot!


  1. I completely agree! I really liked this book and it's cover. The second book looks extremely amazing too. Especially the edges of the pages. I am never gonna get over how cool it looks!

    1. Yes- Rebel was amazing! The design of the book totally gets to me, like you said Laura, I'm never going to get over how cool it is!

      x Ely

  2. This sounds awesome! I've heard of Reboot a couple of times now, but wasn't fully convinced until now! Nice review Ely! I'll make sure to steal it from you--------I mean---read this book sometime soon!

    1. It really is, Val :) So now I know where it'll be if it ever happens to go missing in the night! I hope you get a chance to pick it up soon!

      x Ely

  3. Ohhh, this series is awwwwesome *singsongs*
    Side on, the covers look pretty schmick, but I'm in two minds whether I like our cover it the US one better. Who cares right? Not when live read the awesome that is this series. I finished Rebel last week and now I wished there WE'RE a book three. I actually don't know if this fits into the zombie category, it's a tough one seeing they come back from the dead. Is there such a thing as new age zombies?

    Awesome review, can't wait to see your thoughts on Rebel.

    1. Oooh, I do love the actual covers of the US ones but the sides of our- damn, they're fine :3 My heart actually broke when I realised there wasn't a third book. I don't know how to move on after this now. It is a difficult one to categorise- trying to explain to my mum what it was, was very incredibly difficult. I like the term 'new age' zombies :)

      Thanks Kelly!

      x Ely