Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rebel By Amy Tintera|Review

Rebel (Reboot #2)
Published by HarperTeen on May 13th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback

Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything. Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them. With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left... It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

My Thoughts

I was so pumped to begin reading this book! Just as the first book, this one is packed full with action and heart. Plus, it is told in two points of views! After escaping from the HARC and breaking out the Austin facility for Reboots, Wren, Callum, and Addie finally arrive at the reservation created by Reboots for Reboots. But nothing is as it seems. Butting heads with the reservation’s headstrong leader, Micah, Wren and her friends struggle to see eye to eye. It doesn’t take long until other reservation Reboots and Austin Reboots begin to take sides. As disputes break out throughout the compound, Wren and Addie find themselves stuck in the middle of it all. Literally kicked from a shuttle, Wren and Addie must find their way back to Callum before Micah’s plan can take any more human lives and destruction. Meanwhile, forced to flee, Callum is faced with a difficult task as leading his new group of Reboots. Split apart when they need each other most, Wren and Callum must focus on the situation at hand and think of what is best for the world. Leaving exactly where the first book left off, I was thrilled to jump right back in again. I cannot stand sequels where there is a gap of time that we don’t get to experience. Although that empty gap may be crucial to the plot, I find it difficult to get back into the story. Once again, Tintera’s writing continuously made my heart pound. A few times, I had to put the book down to catch my breath or just calm down from the events. I was very wary of the dual point of views because the last book I read that was set up that way a certain character died. But I dove in with high hopes of survival for all of the favorite characters. I like how Wren’s and Callum’s chapters kind of play off of each other. Callum would mention the route Wren would most likely take and the following chapter Wren would state the same directions. By giving them their own chapters, you get to see more of their personalities sprout up. Plus, who wouldn’t want to read Callum’s sweet thoughts. I really enjoyed the chapters were he struggled to keep his head because in a way he is trying to keep himself from turning into Wren, but he’s anger is just so high he needs to release it somehow. Another reason why I devoured this book so quickly was the action. If you have ever attempted or have written an action scene then you would know what they are very difficult. Tintera makes it look effortless. Her words flow easily as your eyes struggle to keep up with the action. The diction is also another reason why this book was fantastic. The characters really stay true to themselves. Their views create setbacks for some and advances for others. I also really like how the two were not separated from each other the entire book, which seems to be common in dystopian books, especially in the middle of a rebellion. I cannot wait to see what Amy writes next!

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