Monday, May 5, 2014

The Choice Is Yours

"Either way, it was the hand you were dealt.
Your choice what to do with it."
--Amy Tintera, Rebel

Genre: YA Dystopia
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Source: eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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Previous Books in Series: Reboot
Goodreads Description

 After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.

The Action. This book is pretty non-stop in the action department. I haven't read a high intensity dystopia for a while so this was a very welcomed change of pace. What I love about this is that the action doesn't drag, it doesn't get heavy in description page after page, it is concise and to the point and right amount throughout the story. The story progresses and twists in a way that is completely realistic and consistent with the story that Amy Tintera builds for us in Reboot. I feel sometimes with second books or conclusion books that the story fragments from the original plot of the story and that isn't the case here. It builds upon the foundation and goes further into the core of the central problem.

The Characters. Wren and Callum make a FANTASTIC team that is built on trust and their individual strengths. They know what they are good at and what they are not. I LOVED seeing them depend on one another for their respective strengths. It was refreshing to read about a couple who communicated and worked through their issues and recognized their flaws and sought to work on them. These two are mature and rational and passionate characters that strive to be their best self at the end of the day. Wren, especially, grows so much in this book and I loved reading about her journey to get to know herself. It was beautiful to see her realize that she is not what she has been conditioned to believe.

The Redemption. The political aspect of the novel includes the Reboots, the humans, and HARC. While I will not give away plot points, I do want to say I loved the interactions between the Reboots and the humans and what is explored here. I think Amy does a fantastic job of exploring the topic of prejudice and judgments in a way the fits perfectly with her storyline. As Wren says in the novel, not everything is black and white and I think the discussion of this topic is perfect for this book.

The Pacing While I was very invested in what was happening, I didn't feel the 'oh my gosh I can't read fast enough.' feeling. There was a lot of action to move the plot forward but the direction felt a little off sometimes. I didn't really know what we were working towards or what our main objective is. It felt a little erratic at times where the story was going to go and what direction it was going to take. I also thought the ending was a little much in regards to the conclusion. No spoilers though.

General Admission
This is a fantastic follow-up and conclusion to the Reboot series. A set of books characterized by a strong female heroine, an empathetic and likable hero, and a plot that will keep the pages turning. Check this out if you like dystopia and kickass heroines. And bonus, it's only 2 books. No trilogy here. Am I the only one sick of trilogies?

1 comment:

  1. I love this duology! Wren and Callum are the best. It was great watching their relationship form in Reboot, but I loved them as a solid pair in Rebel. Wren is just so kick ass and I love my kick ass heroines. And non-stop action is where it's at. I am so happy with how everything concluded.


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